Henry Kissinger, Nixon’s former National Security Adviser and Secretary of State and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is now throwing his considerable powers behind the effort to bring the World Cup back to the U.S.:
In a news conference Monday, Kissinger stressed how the World Cup drew record crowds in the United States. But there is a geopolitical drawback to American hopes: the international soccer federation, known as FIFA, has committed to placing the quadrennial tournament around the globe — first in South Africa in 2010, then in Brazil in 2014.
Ever the realist, Kissinger suggested that Europe would somehow snag the 2018 Cup but that the United States could win for 2022. Both hosts will be chosen at the end of 2010.
No word on how the Chile delegation will vote.