Contrary to the gloom-and-doom comments of the Western press, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger’s recent trip to Moscow was really a smashing success. Why? Because he made no agreement with the Soviets.
He returned from Moscow without surrendering any free territory, or agreeing to pay billions for some Communist project, or promising to give more U.S. agricultural or industrial commodities to the Soviet Union. All the trip cost us was Kissinger’s plane fare to Moscow and back, making it the cheapest international conference we’ve had in several decades.
The first two summit conferences in recorded history were held with the devil on the pinnacle of the temple and on the top of a high mountain. It is too bad that, in the summit conferences between the United States and the Soviet Union, our representatives did not have the courage to say, “Begone, Satan, thou shalt not tempt the West.” Entire countries were surrendered to the Communists at the summit conferences of Teheran, Yalta, Potsdam, and Geneva.
In the various U.S.-Soviet conferences of the last two years, our representatives agreed to ship the Soviets vast quantities of our wheat and other grains, plus entire industrial plants to manufacture trucks, fertilizers, and chemicals.
In the SALT Summit in 1972, we surrendered our right to defend our cities against hostile nuclear missiles, whether they are launched from the Soviet Union or Red China or accidentally.
The agreement which ended hostilities in the recent Israeli-Arab war has cost us plenty. We agreed to sweep out the mines and reopen the Suez Canal at the expense of the American tax-payers, a costly project which will not benefit America or Israel, but will tremendously benefit the Soviets, saving their ships a 6,000-mile journey around the tip of Africa.
Our agreement to pay the costs of cleaning up the Suez Canal came in the face of an insulting and contemptuous broadcast on Radio Moscow which called on the Arabs to continue their oil using embargo against the United States and to continue/their “oil weapon” against the West.
Speaking of Canals, Secretary Kissinger’s brief flying visit to Panama was also very expensive. His few hours there may end up costing us the #5 billion Panama Canal.
If we face reality rather than succumb to the illusions of detente, we must admit that the United States comes out on the short end of every agreement with the Communists. It is very good news, therefore, that Dr. Kissinger came back from Moscow without making any new agreement with the Soviets.