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.
These are not empty words. She really does consider the most reviled Secretary of State of the 20th Century her friend, because they move in the same circles and share mostly the same values. She was not lying when she said both she and Kissinger aspire to the same “liberal order,” and she clearly does not mean “liberal” here in its common usage. She and Kissinger believe in a global “order” led by a transnational global elite unfettered by petty political divisions. (The only lie in her paragraph above was the presence of the word “American.”)
The R vs D, red vs blue divide is a complete illusion. It means little to nothing to the elites who actually run our country, the people who float seamlessly between the leadership of our universities, corporations, and political offices. These people share the same ideals and vision, they associate only with one another at the same country clubs and exclusive retreats. They laugh at the petty concerns over guns and abortion that fill conservative talk radio or liberal websites. In fact, the fake conservative vs. liberal divide benefits the elites such as Hillary, Kissinger, the Bushes, the Tony Blairs, and all the rest of the rotten lot as it keeps people at each others’ throats over what they see as meaningless trivia, instead of uniting against said elites. As I keep trying to point out, the only meaningful divide in this country is not red vs blue, but the common people vs the elite. And we all know which side is winning.