The Slate blog has the brief post Hillary Clinton Calls Henry Kissinger a Friend, Praises His Commitment to Democracy. Here is a quote in the post from Hillary Clinton
Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state.
I knew there was something horribly wrong with some of the bellicose stands that Clinton took when she was Secretary of State. I should have headlined this story, Hillary Provides Incontrovertible Proof That She Should Not Be President.
I am almost feeling prophetic. Only four days ago I posted U.S. should rethink U.N. funding if Palestinian resolution approved: senator. In that post, I had the following image from the book Ethics, Liberalism and Realism in International Relations:
I consider this idea that Kissinger had disdain for ordinary moral constraints as the most damaging aspect of Kissinger’s public life. This disdain was exhibited by many of the people described in the book The Best And The Brightest.
The Best and the Brightest (1972) is an account by journalist David Halberstam of the origins of the Vietnam War published by Random House. The focus of the book is on the erroneous foreign policy crafted by the academics and intellectuals who were in John F. Kennedy’s administration, and the disastrous consequences of those policies in Vietnam. The title referred to Kennedy’s “whiz kids”—leaders of industry and academia brought into the Kennedy administration—whom Halberstam characterized as arrogantly insisting on “brilliant policies that defied common sense” in Vietnam, often against the advice of career U.S. Department of State employees.
In my opinion, their policies defied common sense because of their disdain for ordinary moral constraints. Could we stand to have another one of those leading our government?