Bernie Sanders Plain Wrong About Henry Kissinger
Bernie Sanders could do a lot worse than listening to the advice of Henry Kissinger. What I heard tonight in the Democratic presidential debate about the former Secretary of State is simply one of the most unfortunate statements that the presidential candidate has made.
I find it simply amazing how limited in scope Sanders remains when it comes to foreign policy. To just discount one of the premier voices about world affairs because of a difference of opinion about one area or another proves how unsuited Sanders is to sit in the Oval Office.
Let us look at how President Bill Clinton found President Richard Nixon to be a most intelligent and helpful sounding board with keen insight when it came to dealing with Russia. Recall how Clinton and Nixon talked and together resolved to make sure foreign aid dollars were increased to allow for Yeltsin to find his way forward after the fall of the Soviet Union.
There is no need for me to say Bill Clinton did not agree with how Nixon had conducted his White House or abused the levers of power. But if Clinton had stiffed the former president from expressing himself in the now famous late-night phone calls—we as a country—would be the worse for it.
I find that it is often those I disagree with where in the end I learn the most. The editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal frustrate me to no end. But it is on those pages where I tend to find myself needing to examine a point or consider a position that I had not before pondered.
If Sanders hopes to be anywhere near the White House I trust he learns to broaden his scope and degree of perspective.