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Bernie Sanders Plain Wrong About Henry Kissinger

February 11, 2016

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.


  1. February 12, 2016 9:04 AM

    Read the transcripts of The Nixon Tapes. Kissinger is a war criminal.

  2. Solly permalink
    February 11, 2016 10:55 PM

    Yes if Hillary needs advice on how to expand the war she voted for, Hank would be an excellent advisor. She can learn how to expand U.S. involvement into Syria, Yemen and Lebanon for that victory that’s just around the corner and at the end of the tunnel, a la Cambodia (and secret bombing is best). Although at the present time I believe Hank and his consulting business are pretty busy advising U.S. corporations on how to exploit “free-trade” pacts and export jobs. And don’t forget his experience in overthrowing democratically elected governments – Hank da bomb, too much to learn. Altho, it’s curious you expound on the value of listening to Kissinger and then use the example of Bill and Nixon. Was Hank on vacation?

  3. February 11, 2016 10:54 PM

    Insights like this are precisely why “Caffeinated Politics” is such a good read. Keep up the good work! (from a Sanders guy, BTW.)

  4. mark permalink
    February 11, 2016 10:08 PM

    The Clinton brain trust is a collection of very talented individuals that do have a world of experience. I hope they advise Ms. Clinton well on the road ahead. Senator Sanders will broaden his perspective & scope by building a talented team of capable individuals; with expertise in foreign policy. The last time I heard there was not a monopoly on building that type of talent pool. My the best candidate win the primary season. Trust the process

  5. Jacob Mowat permalink
    February 11, 2016 9:49 PM

    Read Christopher Hitchens book The Trial of Henry Kissinger.

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