December 5th, 2008
06:54 PM ET

Kissinger's advice to Hillary

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Henry A. Kissinger
The Washington Post

President-elect Barack Obama has appointed an extraordinary team for national security policy. On its face, it violates certain maxims of conventional wisdom: that appointing to the Cabinet individuals with an autonomous constituency, and who therefore are difficult to fire, circumscribes presidential control; that appointing as national security adviser, secretary of state and secretary of defense individuals with established policy views may absorb the president's energies in settling disputes among strong-willed advisers.

It took courage for the president-elect to choose this constellation and no little inner assurance - both qualities essential for dealing with the challenge of distilling order out of a fragmenting international system. In these circumstances, ignoring conventional wisdom may prove to have been the precondition for creativity. Both Obama and the secretary of state-designate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, must have concluded that the country and their commitment to public service require their cooperation.


soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. La Joyce

    I am so proud of our president elect Obama and one of our great lady secretary of state to be Hillary Clinton and other that they all will work well togeather for our country all though I know it will take time for thing to happen if we was patience when thing got in this mess surely we ought to be to get out of it may our GOD bless us all in our one nation and coming togeather as unity in GOD and in his love.

    December 6, 2008 at 10:02 pm |
  2. KIm

    Hillary Clinton will be a strong, protective force on watch. A vision peacefully directed and balance of interests that's strategically executed in detail. We have a great team in the works for leadership and it's exciting. We got two for the price of one and Bill Clinton is there too and they make to much out of all this ego razzle dazzle and these elected officials have to many issues to worry about it. Team up and let's get on with it ! God Bless the USA and we'll see ya later terrorism and that's got to go !

    December 6, 2008 at 9:44 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You can call him Barack Obama, you can call him Barack Hussian Obama, you can call him president-elect Obama or you can call him whatever none sense name you chose but it won't make a bit of difference, because we will soon be calling him President Obama. And I am very PLEASED.

    December 6, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  4. earle,woodstock,vt

    SoS Henry Kissinger was a complete failure (my humble opinion,only) during the Nixon/Ford Administrations,and yet people still listen to him. Unknowing to the general public he basically told/asked (secret negotiations with Chinese are now public) the Chinese to lighten-up on the North's brutal offensive ,so as to proclaim victory to a "Winless War"(sound familiar?) and the United States would vacate? Now he has the nerve to put his" two cents" in PE Obama's strategy,choosing Gates to stay on, and painting General Jones, and SoS Clinton in a corner! Phooey, the only pragmatic advice PE Obama can take away from this empty suit is the "Contrary",period,....

    December 6, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  5. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    Proof that Obama is truly concerned with solutions rather than traditional politics.

    December 6, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  6. Pat M

    I couldn't be happier or more proud of Obama as a Leader. His Cabinet choices show he is ready to lead and face the challenges ahead in a team effort. I feel his choices in putting together his Administration and Cabinet are those of a man who knows that only the Best will succeed in restoring the damage done and of a President who will go the extra mile to ensure that a bi-partisan effort will be successful in bringing the change needed. I am looking forward to January 2009.

    December 6, 2008 at 12:58 am |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    This kind of article is what I least like about the American press.
    If he appoints a strong competent professional team you have to find a problem before it happens.
    Or he appoints a bunch of unqualified whimps and you would nail him to the cross loud and clear.
    Just what would ever make you happy!? The facts of life are simple, you can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people etcetc I would have preferred Nunn or Hagel at State, but it is a good "Team" for todays global environment and you would please most of us a lot more if you clearly said unequivocally its a good team for the circumstances. This and Articles like it attempt to predict the unpredictable which is the Future and waht people will actually do
    Back to CNN astrology again.

    December 6, 2008 at 12:19 am |
  8. lampe

    Funny, how most people were writing nasty comments about HRC a couple of months ago. But, now that she is playing nice with Prince Obama, she is the cat's meow. Why, is that? Maybe, because you just want whatever your man wants, and you don't care how he gets it, or who he steps on to get there.

    December 5, 2008 at 9:38 pm |
  9. Frances S. Sacramento, CA

    I am very pleased to see that two great americans, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, have dicided to work together. It only shows that they are the great people that we thought they were. And let us, as a country, take this as an example. We all have to work together to fix the mess that we are in. It's time to rise above our selfish differences and make this country, as it has always been known, the UNITED STATES of America. One nation-Under GOD.

    December 5, 2008 at 8:14 pm |
  10. Max

    Hopefully NOT blow them to SMITHEREENS????

    December 5, 2008 at 8:00 pm |
  11. Annie Kate

    I am impressed by the number of heavy-weights in Obama's Cabinet in foreign affairs and in the other segments. The people Obama has selected have a great dedication to service to this country, are highly intelligent and have strong personalities just as Obama does. My expectation is that this team will work well together to further the interests of our country and that each knows without a doubt that Obama is the leader and the "decider" and that their words and actions in public will be supportive.

    December 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm |