Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Henry isn't hired after all

A follow up on this:

Vatican: Population Control Architect Kissinger Not Advising Pope

VATICAN CITY, December 5, 2006 ( – The Vatican has dispelled any rumor that former U.S. Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger is acting as a foreign advisor to Pope Benedict XVI reports the Catholic News Agency. The veracity of the report was held in question, since Kissinger was the architect of US foreign policy supporting population control.

Vatican Spokesman Father Lombardi clarified yesterday that the report from the Italian Newspaper La Stampa saying Benedict XVI had enlisted Kissinger as an advisor is “without any foundation.” Father Lombardi told CNS that Pope Benedict XVI has neither a foreign affairs advisory board, and he has not asked former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to become one of his advisers.

The truth is that Kissinger met privately with the pope on Sept. 28 and that Mary Ann Glendon, a U.S. law professor and president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, has extended an invitation to Kissinger to speak to the academy in late April.

The veracity of the report was first held in question, however, because in 1974 Kissinger as Secretary of State issued National Security Study Memorandum 200 entitled "Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests." The extensive document warned that increasing populations in developing countries endangered U.S. strategic, economic, and military interests.

One thing to remember though is that such a report was written back in the days when guys like Paul Ehrlich were (and still are) running around screaming about a population double or triple or quadruple what we have now along with scare food supplies, no drinkable water and on and on. Mr. Realpolitik probably was quite concerned by such predictions and such events' effects on the US.

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