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How Dr. Strangelove Learned to Love Trump

An alliance between Henry Kissinger and US President-elect Donald Trump may seem unnatural at first blush, but it makes sense as a marriage of convenience. Kissinger wants validation that he is still relevant, which Trump has done by playing on his vanity; and Trump needs the foreign-policy gravitas that Kissinger brings in spades.

PARIS – At first glance, former United States National Security Adviser and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and President-elect Donald Trump would seem to have nothing in common. In one corner stands the experienced, sophisticated grand old man of US diplomacy; in the other hulks the crude, braying archetypal man of Twitter.