aside Henry Kissinger’s Less Than Stellar Review Of Jared Kushner

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Jared Kushner

Don’t get me wrong when I declare that I am a proponent of the republican President Donald Trumps’s son-in-law, husband to the president’s beloved daughter Ivanka, having a prominent position in the White House. It is a matter of pragmatism when I indicate that I prefer Mr. Kushner exerting greater influence over our president than the alt-right ideologue, Steve Bannon.

Other than Mr. Kushner not appearing to be ideology driven, insane and him having the president’s best interests at heart, he is otherwise not qualified for his current White House assignments. Despite his solid educational background, he is at that age where his hubris, over confidence is not due to his numerous accomplishments and years of experience but rather, because he has no sense of how much he does not know.

Image result for photos of kushner and kissingerHere is the rest of the story…

On 4/21/17 Aaron Blake of the Washington Post penned the following analysis for the Fix section, “Henry Kissinger’s lukewarm non-endorsement of Jared Kushner is even more damning than it seems.”

Excerpts:

“Time magazine has named top White House adviser Jared Kushner as one of its 100 most influential people. Usually, when you’re given that distinction, a magazine like Time will reach out to someone who knows you and can vouch for your superior influential-ness and prowess.”

“Instead, Kushner got Henry Kissinger.”

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Henry Kissinger

Here is Kissinger’s write-up for Kushner, with whom he has apparently spoken a few times:

Transitioning the presidency between parties is one of the most complex undertakings in American politics. The change triggers an upheaval in the intangible mechanisms by which Washington runs: an incoming President is likely to be less familiar with formal structures, and the greater that gap, the heavier the responsibility of those advisers who are asked to fill it.

This space has been traversed for nearly four months by Jared Kushner, whom I first met about 18 months ago, when he introduced himself after a foreign policy lecture I had given. We have sporadically ­exchanged views since. As part of the Trump family, Jared is familiar with the intangibles of the President. As a graduate of Harvard and NYU, he has a broad education; as a businessman, a knowledge of administration. All this should help him make a success of his daunting role flying close to the sun.

“But Kissinger comes from the same party as the White House. And if you read these two paragraphs closely, it’s not just that he’s damning Kushner with faint praise; he’s also making a very unfriendly parallel to Greek mythology.”

“The first paragraph above says nothing about Kushner, but instead about the job he faces. Let’s take the rest sentence by sentence:”

“This space has been traversed for nearly four months by Jared Kushner, whom I first met about 18 months ago, when he introduced himself after a foreign policy lecture I had given. We have sporadically ­exchanged views since.”

“This is establishing familiarity — ostensibly so Kissinger can provide us some personal details or testimonials about Kushner that we may not be aware of.”

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Kushner/ Bannon

“As part of the Trump family, Jared is familiar with the intangibles of the President.”

“Okay, that’s a benefit of being the guy’s son-in-law, certainly. But it’s also what you’d expect.”

“As a graduate of Harvard and NYU, he has a broad education … “

“As do many people who are not on the list of Time’s 100 most influential people.”

” … as a businessman, a knowledge of administration.”

“An even broader pool of Americans could claim this distinction. We seem to be working small to big here.”

“All this should help him make a success of his daunting role flying close to the sun.”

“This seems like it might be a vote of confidence, but it’s also thick with not-so-friendly subtext. Kissinger writes that the basic elements of Kushner’s biography outlined above “should” help make him successful — but also that he’s taken on a “daunting role flying close to the sun.”

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Kushner/ Gen. Mattis

That seems a clear reference to Icarus in Greek mythology. Icarus was given wings made of feathers and wax by his father, Daedalus, and was told not to fly too close to the sun, for fear of melting the wax. But Icarus quickly fell in love with flight and forgot his father’s admonition, falling to his death.”

 “It’s a tale about hubris, of which Kushner has often been accused of having too much. And it’s a clear nod to the many problems Kushner has been tasked with, including Middle East peace, the opioid epidemic and overhauling how government functions.”

“Translation: Good luck, kid.”

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6 comments

  1. Excellent summary of the words spoken by a great diplomat who knows how to use the language much better than most. While I do agree that J. Kushner is a more appealing pick than Bannon , if for no other reason that he can at least speak in whole sentences. I do however not agree with your past assessments that he is/was not involved in the Russian problem. I suppose time will tell about that, if it ever reaches the point that we see a real investigation taking place.

    • Dear Crustyolemothman,

      I do know that Jared Kushner has met with Russian oligarchs, the Russian ambassador, but I do not know the level of his involvement. Those targeted by the FBI for surveillance had a long record of working with Russians like Carter Page, Paul Manafort, Gen. Mike Flynn, Roger Stone, Richard Burt, etc. Jared Kushner does not fit this profile.

      Ciao, Gronda

  2. Gronda, I hate to say one’s claim to fame is “at least he is not Steve Bannon.” Right now, this President has over 500 unfilled Senate confirmable positions. And, unlike his campaign BS, he cannot solve our problems alone. Whether he can solve anything remains an issue. It is apparent his White House is one of chaos and incompetence.

    His few good leaders tend to be the military folks, but we need far more state people than we have. As Mattis said, if you don’t invest in soft power (diplomacy), then you will need to buy me more bullets. Kushner does not have horns, but a competent and deep team needs to be created that works together and not at cross purposes.

    Yes, government can be bureaucratic, but there is value in vetting decisions and discussing their excecution. Right now, DT does not have a broad bench of capable people and one Kushner instead of Bannon does not solve the problems this President has with his team.

    Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      I couldn’t agree more. It is my opinion that Mr. Kushner has been inadvertently set up for failure because he has been assigned too many tasks. He doesn’t know enough to say no or to insist on hiring other top noth peoples to assist him. This is what informs my opinion that he is a lightweight.

      Ciao, Gronda

        • Dear Keith,

          I am referring to Mr. Kushner being the lightweight for the work that he is being assigned. It is not a matter of him being smart or educated enough, or him being a decent person of sound mind. It is that he doesn’t have the background or enough experience to make a success of his assigned tasks and he has too much hubris to where he can’t see this.

          If I had been placed in his position, I would only have taken on his duties to save my Father-in-law from a disastrous presidency but then I would be scrambling to make connections and getting the right people on board to help out. I don’t see him doing this.

          Ciao, Gronda

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