Hillary: Obama Foreign Policy Follows Kissinger's Advice in New Book

Image: Hillary: Obama Foreign Policy Follows Kissinger's Advice in New Book Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, left, and Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. (Britta Pedersen/DPA/Landov; Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Friday, 05 Sep 2014 09:18 AM

By Melanie Batley

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Hillary Clinton has published a review of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger's new book and said his foreign policy analysis "largely fits" with President Barack Obama's broad international strategy over the last six years.

In a book review of "World Order" for The Washington Post, the possible 2016 presidential contender also defends the president's foreign policy saying she was "proud" to help the president refocus American policy to address "the demands of an increasingly interdependent age."

"When Americans look around the world today, we see one crisis after another … the liberal international order that the United States has worked for generations to build and defend seems to be under pressure from every quarter," Clinton wrote, mentioning Ukraine, Iraq and Syria, West Africa, and China. 

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"Henry Kissinger explains the historic scope of this challenge. His analysis, despite some differences over specific policies, largely fits with the broad strategy behind the Obama administration's effort over the past six years to build a global architecture of security and cooperation for the 21st century."

Clinton said her tenure as Secretary of State was characterized by "methodical, multilateral diplomacy" which "rarely makes headlines at home," but that her approach could be summarized as "smart power," not, "soft" as some have described it.

"In the president's first term, we laid the foundation, from repaired alliances to updated international institutions to decisive action on challenges such as Iran's nuclear program and the threat from Osama bin Laden," Clinton wrote.

"The crises of the second term underscore that this is a generational project that will demand a commitment from the United States and its partners for years to come."

Clinton described Kissinger as a "friend" and "famous realist," insisting that the two, along with Obama, shared a common vision.

"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," she wrote.

"The things that make us who we are as a nation — our diverse and open society, our devotion to human rights and democratic values — give us a singular advantage in building a future in which the forces of freedom and cooperation prevail over those of division, dictatorship and destruction," she said.

She concluded by saying that it's time for a national debate about America's role in the world and the "costs and imperatives of global leadership."

"A real national dialogue is the only way we're going to rebuild a political consensus to take on the perils and the promise of the 21st century. Henry Kissinger's book makes a compelling case for why we have to do it and how we can succeed."

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