I’m referring to Shuttle Diplomacy quite often, so I’ve decided to keep it handy on my blog. A fun and useful read for everyone.
Journalist talks with Henry Kissinger.
– Tell me, Mr. Kissinger, you are considered the inventor of the “shuttle diplomacy”. Explain what it is, as an example.
– Oh, it’s very simple, – says Kissinger – You want to use shuttle diplomacy to marry Rockefeller’s daughter to a simple guy from a Siberian village.
– It’s impossible! How would you do that?
– Very simple. I’m going to a Siberian village, find there is a simple peasant and ask: “Do you want to marry an American lady?”
He says: “Why? We’ve got great girls here!
And I say: “Yes, but she is Rockefeller’s daughter.”
He goes: “Oh! This changes everything.”
Then I go to Switzerland to a bank board meeting. I ask them: “Do you want a Siberian peasant to be your bank President?”
And the bank people say: “No way!”.
– But what if he is Rockefeller’s son-in-law?
– Oh! This changes everything!
So I go to Rockefeller and ask: “Would you like your daughter to marry a Russian peasant?”
– Poof, – says Rockefeller – What are you?
So I go: “But what if he is a president of a Swiss bank?”
– Oh! This changes everything! Susie! Come here, Mr.Kissinger has found a good fiance for you. He’s a president of a Swiss bank! ”
I say: “Perhaps, but he is a Siberian man.”
Susie: “Oh! This changes everything! ”