Henry A. Kissinger Quotes

Oil is much too important a commodity to be left in the hands of the Arabs.

 
Context
This particular quotation is used by critics of American foreign policy in the Middle East alleging that all American policy is directed at seizing Middle Eastern oil.
Henry A. Kissinger
Henry A. Kissinger
  • Born: May 27, 1923
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Statesman

Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American elder statesman, political scientist, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. A Jewish refugee who fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938, he became National Security Advisor in 1969 and U.S. Secretary of State in 1973. For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances, with two members of the committee resigning in protest. Kissinger later sought, unsuccessfully, to return the prize after the ceasefire failed.