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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa [Journal of f A Trip with fCfSsmger By Wilbur Landrey WASHINGTON U P1) Traveling with Henry Kissinger is like traveling with game of liars' poker. This is no reflection on the quality of Kissinger's diplomacy nor on (he truth of the reporting by the newsmen running to keep up with him. It is the description of the game a. group of five or six of the 14 reporters along on his Middle East mission play with the serial numbers on dollar bills in their few spare moments, waiting for Kissinger beside the pyramids, in the aislo of the airplane in flight, sitting in the reception room of the Al'Riassa palace in Riyadh. The air force 707.1s hardly In the air before Kissinger has donned his light blue traveling sweater and is back among the press seats to Joke with his friends among the reporters. In a typical pose, his hand is in his waistband with a thumb hooked over his belt. One running joke is about Hel- mut Sonnenfeldt, the state de-' partment counselor who is one of Kissinger's closest advisers. Kissinger likes to pretend that Sonnenfeldt, like Kissinger a German-born Jewish refugee from Nazism, is trying to get his job.- Sonnenfeldt has been measur- ing his state department office, Kissinger says, and will proba- bly move in when he is away. Kissinger maintains he probably will not be able to get back into the country. In Damascus, said to be the world's oldest continuously in- habited city, it had been raining this winter for the first time in four years. The Barada, a stream beginning high in the anti-Lebanon mountains be- tween the, city and the sea, is full, Damascus is the daughter .of the Barada which gives life to Us oasis. The crops will be good. At a party in Cairo, Egyptian ForeigrvMimster IsmailFahmy got a noted Oriental (belly) dancer to dance for Kissinger. A pool report by corre- spondent: described Kissinger's ..-reaction.to her dance: ._., .f- v.i. A spotlight drilled; the smoky cabaret air, and Najwa Fuad undulated out of the dark- ness.in a scherezaidic costume. If you squinted it was Rita Hay- worth. Nobody squinted. "The movements which fol- lowed defied verbal description. "Your secretary .of state watched intently, almost slolid- ly, his face masking any im- pulses which may have made him wonder why Le Due Tho never brought him to a place like this. "His lap remained inviolate." i The last is a reference.to one time when a dancer did sit on his lap. i Three or four hours sleep a night is almost the maximum for the staff and accompanying reporters and sometimes it 'is less. Baggage has to be outside of hotel room doors for pickup as early as a.m., hours before the plane leaves. That results in half-naked cor- respondents on occasion, they groggily having forgotten to hold out a shirt, or socks or un- derpants. You can spot these unhappy creatures climbing on the bus for the airport in the chill of early mornin'g, wearing a raincoat wrapped tightly around them and an uncomfort- able smile. Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, sits in the middle of the desert. From what we can see, (here is little of the old mud- walled town left. Forms of mod- ern concrete construction arc rising everywhere, and there are traffic jams downtown at four in the afternoon. There is more oil here than any place else in the world. There arc no lines in front of the gas stations. Kissinger left his native Ger- many as a Jewish refugee boy of 15 during the Nazi years. He has returned many times be- fore, but Ibis is the first as American secretary of slate. In his talks with German leaders, however, ho speaks English and they speak German. His Ger- man is no longer up to precise formulation he explains. 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