Kissinger's Ass? Meet Kalb's Lips


The good folks over at the National Security Archive have pried loose transcripts of 3,568 Henry Kissinger phone calls, and Jack Shafer has highlighted several in which the Beltway's leading journalistic lips — especially Marvin Kalb's — were planted firmly on the Dark Lord's buttocks.

Plenty of fun where that came from over at the NSA's site, including the obligatory foreign policy pow-wow with Ol' Blue Eyes. In the NSA's retelling:

When Sinatra called the crisis over Angola was ebbing but it was on Sinatra's mind as well as Kissinger's. With the U.S. Congress barring CIA intervention in Angola, Kissinger jokingly hoped that he needed some of Sinatra's "enforcers" to straighten the situation out.