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Henry Kissinger: Hillary More 'Effective' at State Than I Was

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, left, and Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Landov)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 Sep 2014 05:35 PM

America's foreign policy elder Henry Kissinger — who got a rave review of his new book from Hillary Clinton — returned the favor during an interview with USA Today Tuesday, saying her leadership at the State Department was more "effective" than his own under GOP Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

"I've known her for many years now, and I respect her intellect," the 91-year-old former secretary of State told USA Today. 

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"And she ran the State Department in the most effective way that I've ever seen."

More effectively than he did, his interviewer asked?

"Yes," he replies, adding: "I was more chaotic."

In her review of Kissinger's "World Order" in The Washington Post last Thursday, Clinton wrote that much of Kissinger's book explored the challenge of building "a future of peace, progress and prosperity in which people everywhere have the opportunity to live up to their God-given potential."  

"It is vintage Kissinger, with his singular combination of breadth and acuity along with his knack for connecting headlines to trend lines…."

She also called Kissinger a "friend" on whom she relied during her stint as secretary of State in the Obama administration.

"He checked in with me regularly, sharing astute observations about foreign leaders and sending me written reports on his travels.," she wrote. "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."

Still, Kissinger's interventionist approach has come under much criticism in some liberal circles, Politico points out, and Clinton has her own critics for hawkish remarks she made to The Atlantic that both distanced her from the Obama administration and moved her to the right of the liberal base. 

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America's foreign policy elder Henry Kissinger – who got a rave review of his new book from Hillary Clinton – returned the favor during an interview with USA Today Tuesday, saying her leadership at the State Department was more "effective" than his own.
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