If you’d like more evidence that Hillary Clinton would be a clone of neo-conservative Republicans when it comes to foreign policy, look no further than her effusive praise for Henry Kissinger and his new book, World Order, in which he shows some absolutely staggering hypocrisy. In a review of that book in the Washington Post, she writes:
During the Cold War, America’s bipartisan commitment to protecting and expanding a community of nations devoted to freedom, market economies and cooperation eventually proved successful for us and the world. Kissinger’s summary of that vision sounds pertinent today: “an inexorably expanding cooperative order of states observing common rules and norms, embracing liberal economic systems, forswearing territorial conquest, respecting national sovereignty, and adopting participatory and democratic systems of governance.”…
Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state. He checked in with me regularly, sharing astute observations about foreign leaders and sending me written reports on his travels. Though we have often seen the world and some of our challenges quite differently, and advocated different responses now and in the past, what comes through clearly in this new book is a conviction that we, and President Obama, share: a belief in the indispensability of continued American leadership in service of a just and liberal order…The things that make us who we are as a nation — our diverse and open society, our devotion to human rights and democratic values — give us a singular advantage in building a future in which the forces of freedom and cooperation prevail over those of division, dictatorship and destruction.
This isn’t just idealism. For an international order to take hold and last, Kissinger argues, it must relate “power to legitimacy.” To that end, Kissinger, the famous realist, sounds surprisingly idealistic. Even when there are tensions between our values and other objectives, America, he reminds us, succeeds by standing up for our values, not shirking them, and leads by engaging peoples and societies, the sources of legitimacy, not governments alone. If our might helps secure the balance of power that underpins the international order, our values and principles help make it acceptable and attractive to others.
It’s a beautiful fantasy world she and Kissinger are selling, don’t you think? If she really thinks that during the Cold War, we had a “bipartisan commitment to protecting and expanding a community of nations devoted to freedom,” she’s utterly delusional. Tell that to the people who were killed by the long list of dictators we supported in Chile, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama, Guatemala, Brazil, Argentina, Indonesia, Iran and many others. Tell them how we were just fighting for freedom and democracy when we installed and propped up brutal dictators in all of those countries, several of them directly under Kissinger.