Alt right or shift right? WikiLeaks trolls Clinton in 'Neocon hawk' poll
“Hillary Clinton has surrounded herself with (neo) “conservative” Iraq war hawks from Kissinger to Kagan,” the poll reads.
Hillary Clinton has surrounded herself with (neo) "conservative" Iraq war hawks from Kissinger to Kagan. Is she the:— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 7, 2016
The tweet recalls Clinton's open admiration for Henry Kissinger - the architect of dictator Pinochet’s rise to power in Chile, and a key factor in expanding the Vietnam War.
It’s an issue former Democratic rival candidate Bernie Sanders alluded to during the primaries when he criticized Clinton for apparently seeking advice from “one of the most destructive secretaries of state” in the history of the US.
Meanwhile, Robert Kagan - also mentioned in the WikiLeaks tweet - co-founded a thinktank that pushed for American militarism abroad and supported the Iraq War.
“The Project for the New American Century is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to a few fundamental propositions: that American leadership is good both for America and for the world; and that such leadership requires military strength, diplomatic energy and commitment to moral principle,” the website for the now-dissolved group states.
Supporters of the thinktank included George W. Bush’s vice-president, Dick Cheney, his father’s vice-president Dan Quayle, and his brother Florida governor Jeb Bush - all reportedly signatories of the group’s principles in 1997.
Republican foreign policy commentator Kagan headlined a Clinton fundraiser in July which asked supporters to donate at least $50 towards the former secretary of state’s bid for the White House. At the fundraiser Kagan is reported to have thrown his weight behind Clinton’s campaign.
“I would say that a majority of people in my circle will vote for Hillary,” he is quoted as saying at the event.