Henry Kissinger, the 99-year-old statesman with few if any American peers, detailed to a British newspaper why he believes the nation is more divided now than during the Vietnam War.
The list of people who have both won a Nobel Peace Prize and been branded a war criminal is quite short. So short that only Kissinger immediately comes to mind. Hillary Clinton once bragged that Kissinger told her she’d run the State Department better than anyone in a while.
In a wide-ranging interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times, Kissinger said the partisan differences in the U.S. are “infinitely” greater than even the years of Vietnam and Watergate. He adds there is little possibility of real bipartisanship on key issues.
The former Secretary of State and National Security advisor played prominent roles in the presidencies of both Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. The lifelong Republican declared the “national interest” in those days was a meaningful and real concept — as opposed to now.
Presently, he said, every president faces “the unremitting hostility of the opposition.” Every commander-in-chief faced political enemies, but Kissinger believes the nation’s basic values are under fire.
Biden’s inaugural speech focused on his determination to “unify” America. He said “my whole soul is in this” program to unite the country. There was also much banter about letting the “healing” begin.
That stated goal, if it ever was a goal, is as far from realized as it might ever be.
Kissinger should know. While the leftist radicals of the 1960s and 70s get much attention, they were never more than a small but loud minority. During the Vietnam War and even as the Watergate issue was slowly building, Nixon won 49 of 50 states in 1972.
The former foreign policy giant also had much to say about the “progressive left” and their perception of American values. Far from simply seeking progress, Kissinger said their goal is to overturn these basic principles and invalidate what the nation does domestically and abroad.
He noted their dominance in universities and the legacy media.
Far from the ramblings of a has-been or never-was leader, Kissinger’s remarks show deep understanding of the state of U.S. affairs in 2022. Lincoln’s admonition of a “house divided” and Kissinger’s observations ring true right now.