Hillary Clinton Calls Henry Kissinger a Friend, Praises His Commitment to Democracy 1

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:

excerpt from the book

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?

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  • SteveG Post author

    The quote in the article that I was focusing on was “These decisions reveal the disdain Kissinger had for ordinary moral constraints and their impact on statesmen. Ordinary morality is appropriate for ordinary people who do not have the weight of political responsibility on their shoulders.”

    I consider this to be the greatest danger of having elites in the government. If they don’t have huge red flags pop up in their minds and sirens, bells, and whistles too every time they think they need to ignore “ordinary moral constraints”, then they are too dangerous to be in office.