The love fest between Henry Kissinger and Hillary Clinton, which began last week when Clinton reviewed Kissinger's book, World Order, for The Washington Post, continued on Tuesday. This time it was Kissinger's turn, as he praised Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State in an interview with Susan Paige of USA Today.
I've known her for many years now, and I respect her intellect... And she ran the State Department in the most effective way that I've ever seen."
When asked if Clinton ran the State Department better than he did, Kissinger said yes.
This wasn't the first time in the last few days that Kissinger has spoken kindly of Clinton. In an interview with NPR on Saturday he offered a quazi presidential endorsement of the former First Lady admitting, "... yes, she'd be a good president."
Okay, so this admiration between the two former Secretaries of State is unlikely to say the least. After all, Kissinger, a Republican who headed the State Department under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, has long been criticized in many circles on the left for his support of often repressive, right wing regimes during the Cold War. Meanwhile, if you've ever tuned into Fox News during one of their many Benghazi investigative specials then you know Clinton is obviously no darling of the right.
While there is most likely some kind of mutual desire to sell books at play here, Clinton and Kissinger are actually closer in their foreign policy than some might think. What's more, with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — seen by many in his own party as a fringe isolationist — a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, it's certainly a possibility that Kissinger could end up supporting Hillary Clinton in 2016.
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