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Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/29: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303320028-2 ARTICL! APPEARED THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ON PAGE A Preemptive Eruption by Mount' smoke and cliche hundreds of feet into the air, Mount Kissinger entered a peculiarly active phase. Though no actual loss of life seems to have occurred, "Kissinger Alr*rs" were broadcast on an hourly basis, w> ig the populace to beware of falling plat,-..des and other detritus from this semi-extinct volcano. The first eruption took place in the Lon- don Economist, dated November 13.19, and took the form of a "conversation" between Viewpoint by Alexander Cockburn Mr. Kissinger, coyly described as "a pri- vate citizen" and the editor of the Boone- mist, a long-term Kissinger disciple, An- drew Knight Over five interminable pages the two K's rambled through the politics of the Levant. leisurely seeking out and suc- cessfully locating the obvious: the "fresh beginning" now to be descried beneath the rubble of Lebanon; the hopes, but yet the perils offered by the Reagan plan; the pos. sibibty -for moderate advance, yet the ever-present menace of extremism. Hardly had the basso rumblings died dawn before Mount Kissinger burst into ac- twity once more. The eruption came this time in Newsweek. in the edition that went on sale on November 2. That magazine's new young editor in chief, William Broyles, seemingly as eager an acolyte as Mr. Knight., spread Mr. Kissinger across four inside pages and gave him the cover as well: "How to Deal with Moscow-Ar. Ex- clusive Report by Henry -Kissinger." Once again, for those foolhardy enough to embark on the text, there was the ex- hausting trek through slowly cooling sta. tesnanspeak: "To bring about a genuine change-expressed in substantial recipro- cal arms reduction and restraint in inter- national conduct-regwres American lead- ership founded in firm purpose, clear con' cept and steadfast strategy, LOtu- po)-_ - icy must be based on strength to discour- age adventurism yet at the same time of- fer a vision of a better world for all peoples. .. . Rusks and Bundys of the world. The Kis- singer imperial ego evidently regards this latter course as unthinkable. I had thought that Mr. Kissinger's cho- sen mode, that of international superstar, for long endure; that the decline would be rapid, from special adviser to NBC, to guest on the Johnny Carson show, to final apotheosis on the Hollywood Squares. Not SO. Needing, by the look of his appurte- nances and domestic requirements, at least a million a year in income, Mr. Kis- singer has lived by his wits with ama?+ng success. There is now a whole range of semi-extinct volcanoes, including Lord Carrington and R .O. Anderson, grouped under the generic title "Kissinger Associ' ates" and 'charging 5250.00^ entry fee to each, client. There art business consultan- cies to Goldman Sachs and Chase and ad- _ 2visoD_functions at ABC and Newsweek. Necessary in the success of this type of operation is the belief of client or public that the relevant retired statesman has anything to offer, beyond gallon jugs of ''wisdom" and "experience." The trick: here is to ensure at least the appearance of ..briefings" or "consultancies" by. those actually in power, and of course the possi- bility that the retired statesman might one day get back into power himself. Mr. Kis- singer, hinting that he might have had a hand in the formulation of the Reagan plan for the Middle East., perennially bathing himself in rumors of an emissary or more substantial role, and at a pinch proffering sagacious public advice, is a master at giv ing ? the volcano at least a semblance of life. Yet there was more to the November eruptions than such normal considerations. Oddly enough, Anthony Lewis provided the tipoff. Normally this liberal columnist is so quick to leap on his moral high horse that he clears the saddle by__a couple of feet, but on November 22 he hailed Mr. Kis- singer's utterances on the Middle East, while adding cautiously that "on such is- sues as Vietnam and Chile be used power beyond the limits of decency. We can ex- pect to learn more about his role in Chile from a forthcoming Atlantic Monthly arti- _.ta'be part of a normal .pattern: Mr. Otis- : - cle by. Seymour Hersh." T singer's perennial need to keep his name in he commotions of Mount Kissinger the public rye as a senior statesman, and were at once, in my view, satisfactorily ex thus 'maintain his exchange value. in a de- . plained: a preemptive strike. If a volcano Gently ordered world Mr.'Kisstmger would . is bursting ponderously into life, you have have at some point endowed himself with less time to inspect the pool of sewage legal credentials and thus could now-like spreading across the backyard. The issue Cyrus Vance or William Rogers-have re- of the Atlantic with Mr. Hersh's article in tired to the powerful obscurity of an ob- it went on the newsstands a day or two af- scurely powerful law firm. The alternative, ter Newsweek grandly promulgated M3. for which no known credentials.are re- quired, would be an academic position of , Halfway through November, spewing the sort now enjoyed by the Brzezinskis, Kissinger's views of the Russians. Mr. Hersh's article has not caused much of a stir. The Washington Post said it contained "no smoking gun." These are times, of course, when a gun has to ex- plode in your hand for anyone to pay anen- bon.Wounds are being healed, Vietnam memorials unveiled and ex-presidents re- habilitated at such a rate that they'll prob- ably be reappointing Spiro Agnew soon as secretary of commerce. Mr. Hersh's examination of the actions of Messrs. Nixon and Kissinger imrnedi' ate)y before and after the popular election of Salvador Allende in September and Oc- tober 1970 seems to me to establish as Sol- -idly as available historical evidence will probably ever permit that orders for the overthrow-and, Mr. Hersh implies, the as- sassination of-Allende came out of the president's office and were urged by his national security adviser. W. Hersh also deduces that CIA operatives were dis- patched to Chile and that their mission ciii- minated in the murder of Gen. Rene Schneider, commander in chief of the Chi- lean army. Mr. Hersh's investigation dem- onstrates that Mr. Kissinger subsequently lied repeatedly about his and his master's attempts to bring down the legally elected Chilean president. The article shows in de- tail Messrs. Nixon and Kissinger Conspir- ing with U.S. executives to subvert Chile. You could argue that a man who tried and may indeed ultimately have succeeded in engineering the overthrow of A laude is well qualified to assess the best manner of dealing with the former head of the KGB. But that is not quite how Newsweek pre- sented Kissinger's expertise. Par the opiir ion-forming elite, as represented by the'ed- itors of the Economist and Newsweek, the smoking volcano seems permanently to overshadow the smoking gun, which shows you can survive anything, provided you are statesmanlike about it. Mr. Cockburn is a columnist for The Vulaoe Voice. STAT STAT Sanitized Copy Approved for Release 2010/07/29: CIA-RDP90-00552R000303320028-2