Maybe you saw in the last democratic debate where Bernie called out Hillary for being friends with, and taking advice from, Henry Kissinger. And for good reason because he is a fucking monster. Greg Grandin provides a list of his atrocities in his new book:
He (1) prolonged the Vietnam War for five pointless years; (2) illegally bombed Cambodia and Laos; (3) goaded Nixon to wiretap staffers and journalists; (4) bore responsibility for three genocides in Cambodia, East Timor, and Bangladesh; (5) urged Nixon to go after Daniel Ellsberg for having released the Pentagon Papers, which set off a chain of events that brought down the Nixon White House; (6) pumped up Pakistan’s ISI, and encouraged it to use political Islam to destabilize Afghanistan; (7) began the U.S.’s arms-for-petrodollars dependency with Saudi Arabia and pre-revolutionary Iran; (8) accelerated needless civil wars in southern Africa that, in the name of supporting white supremacy, left millions dead; (9) supported coups and death squads throughout Latin America; and (10) ingratiated himself with the first-generation neocons, such as Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, who would take American militarism to its next calamitous level.
In a review that Hillary Clinton wrote about Kissinger’s most recent book she states that she shares the “belief in the indispensability of continued American leadership in service of a just and liberal order”. So we can expect that Clinton will follow in Kissinger’s ideology of brutal and jingoistic interventionism around the world. And it makes you wonder, who will Clinton surround herself with to guide her foreign policy? As an article by Dan Froomkin in The Intercept points out, there is a go-to collective of interventionist neocons that Clinton and the Republicans are buds with. This supports the idea that there is an unelected and unaccountable group of political insiders that drive US foreign policy, and that is bullshit. Maybe someone like Sanders will be able to break away from their influence, but who knows…
Definitely read that Intercept article if this scares you.