Bernie Sanders Ties Clinton To Henry Kissinger: ‘Not My Kind Of Guy’

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, makes a point during a Democratic presidential primary debate at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has gone after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for having a shallow understanding of foreign policy, but Sanders apparently has his own grievances against one of the people he says Clinton has turned to for foreign policy advice.

“I happen to believe that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country,” Sanders said at Thursday’s Democratic presidential debate, referring to Clinton citing the former secretary of state’s praise for her work in that same position.

“I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger,” he added.

Clinton fired back at Sanders, saying he should disclose who’s been advising him on the subject.

“Well, I know journalists have asked who you do listen to on foreign policy and we have yet to know who that is,” she said.

“Well, it ain’t Henry Kissinger, that’s for sure,” Sanders quipped.

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  1. Nixon was a son-of-a-bitch on multiple levels. But he was also someone who understands foreign policy, as does Kissinger. Granted that the latter can be fairly argued to have crossed into war crimes territory, but he is still a knowledgable expert on former power/foreign relations issues. This posturing 60s-butt hurt sound-bite is very weak sauce and a deflection.

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  2. Then who would be his kind of guy for foreign policy? Has he mentioned anyone really?

  3. Kissinger and Nixon not only engaged in war crimes, they committed treason by tanking negotiations with Vietnam during the 1968 elections when they held no elected office. When I heard Clinton cite Kissinger’s support, I had the same reaction as Sanders. I’m glad he said it.

  4. Avatar for tflick tflick says:

    Shhh. Don’t tell that one trick pony poster who mentions Kissinger at least once a day. I thought Hillary’s response there was absolutely right. People forget what Nixon, with the help of Kissinger, did to open relations with China. That was a very important foreign policy achievement.

    So, I don’t know if you noticed, but Bernie says during that segment that he wouldn’t talk with Kissinger and not five minutes later he’s extolling the virtues of carrying on discussions with Iran. Which is it Bernie? Do you talk with people who you think are bad actors or don’t you? Make up your mind. And please, wave your finger while Hillary is speaking one more time, you smug fuck.

  5. Better no one than Kissinger, musgrove.

    Chile, Cambodia, Argentina, Iran, Israel…

    Need I go on? Kissinger should die in jail.

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