Henry Kissinger passes away at 100

by ian

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger died yesterday at 100.

He served under the Nixon and Ford administrations and was instrumental in the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam as well as forging ties with China. Former President George W. Bush said in a statement that America “lost one of the most dependable and distinctive voices” on foreign affairs.

Kissinger was not without controversy. His 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for helping negotiate a ceasefire in Vietnam was one of the most controversial ever awarded. Two Nobel committee members resigned after the selection when questions arose about secret U.S. bombing campaigns in Southeast Asia.

After leaving government, Kissinger set up a consulting firm in New York. He is survived by his second wife, Nancy, and two children from his first marriage.