In 2018, he retweeted the passage, writing, Frequently, Ive come to regret things Ive said. This, from 2001, is not one of those times.
In Bourdains 2001 memoir, A Cooks Tour: Global Adventures in Extreme Cuisines, he wrote, Once youve been to Cambodia, youll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia the fruits of his genius for statesmanship and you will never understand why hes not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Milosevic, a reference to Slobodan Milosevic, the former Yugoslav and Serbian leader who was on trial for war crimes when he died in prison in 2006.
Any journalist who has ever been polite to Henry Kissinger, you know, f that person, he told the outlet, who noted that he grew increasingly indignant. Im a big believer in moral gray areas, but when it comes to that guy, in my view he should not be able to eat at a restaurant in New York.
The article pointed out that Bourdain had made similarly categorical denunciations of many people, only to bury the hatchet and join them for dinner.