"The condemnation from Sanders was also newsworthy because most of the elite international relations scholars in foreign policy research consider Kissinger to be the best secretary of state of the past 50 years. Plus, despite all the inflicted destruction he helped wreak, Kissinger is a Nobel Peace Prize winner."
The primary reason why these "luminaries" are held up as "elite scholars of international relations" is that they lend their imprimaturs to the imperial state's violent conquests. It's the classic, "You grease my palm and I'll grease yours."
And the reason why Kissinger complimented Mrs. Clinton is that she proved an effective manager in securing State Department policies for the nation... by pretending they comported with National Security or somehow reflected Intelligence. Yeah... the Dark Side's version thereof.
Here is "Exhibit A" for how the Military Industrial Complex morphed into the Military Media Industrial Complex:
"That is because pundits judged the attack on Kissinger as silly and believed it would play no factor in convincing voters to support either candidate. Plus, few in media would disagree with Clinton’s praise for Kissinger before and during the 2016 Election."
Robert Parry has given numerous examples of the way that major media march lockstep in repeating precisely the same foreign affairs narrative(s). A primary one now paints Putin as the aggressor in Ukraine.
No one dares to challenge the sanctimonious praise for Kissinger. But Noam Chomsky is pretty clear on his record!
Anyone, for the most part who questions official stories is blacklisted, silenced, pilloried, discredited, or done away with.
That's why there's so little GENUINE discussion of the lies that led to war, nor any muscle to hold those media establishments that made false cases for war, accountable.
ONLY the pro-war narrative is considered, held up as "serious adult conversation," or granted consensus as other high paid liars repeat the Official Talking Points. (This is precisely what I mean by "Mars Rules.")