Kissinger is still alive and should be held accountable for his war crimes
Unfortunately, not the only travesty committed. As pointed out by Bernie in his debate with Hillary:
"A full tally hasn’t been done, but a back-of-the-envelope count would attribute 3, maybe 4 million deaths to Kissinger’s actions, but that number probably undercounts his victims in southern Africa. Pull but one string from the current tangle of today’s multiple foreign policy crises, and odds are it will lead back to something Kissinger did between 1968 and 1977. Over-reliance on Saudi oil? That’s Kissinger. Blowback from the instrumental use of radical Islam to destabilize Soviet allies? Again, Kissinger. An unstable arms race in the Middle East? Check, Kissinger. Sunni-Shia rivalry? Yup, Kissinger. The impasse in Israel-Palestine? Kissinger. Radicalization of Iran? “An act of folly” was how veteran diplomat George Ball described Kissinger’s relationship to the Shah. Militarization of the Persian Gulf? Kissinger, Kissinger, Kissinger." https://jacobin.com/2021/02/bernie-sanders-hillary-clinton-henry-kissinger-debate#:~:text=A%20full%20tally,Kissinger%2C%20Kissinger%2C%20Kissinger.
Thank you, Robert. These are words that need to be written. I get sick to my stomach when I see that miserable human celebrated and feted in all the “elite” circles. He is indeed a criminal, with blood on his hands.
For a country that supposedly prides itself on freedom, democracy and human rights, the United States has appeared to go out of its way to be not only the bully of the Americas but, as we saw in places like Iran, Iraq, Vietnam and Afghanistan, to name a few, we always seem to betray the principals of our founders and just send in the Marines on whatever pretext we wish to use.
Milton Friedman was just as evil. Both of them were responsible for a lot of bad things that happened all over the world including in the United States.
"If not now, on the 50th anniversary, when will the U.S. own up to the entirety of what Nixon and Kissinger wrought?" Yes, for sure! Kissinger is a war criminal! Last week on Amanpour &Company I was pleasantly surprised to hear senior American diplomat Richard Hass stating American foreign policy has primarily been about pursuing Americas economic interests far more than supporting democratic principles. America supports dictators now and has a huge history of Republican and Democratic Administrations supporting dictatorships around the world at a huge cost of democratization.
Noam Chomsky has documented this and many other atrocities committed by our gov't in pursuit of the capitalist imperative to steal labor, land, and resources of third world countries.
The American myth of Rugged Individualism meets its match in the American fear of the alleged horrors of socialism, a term that 9 out of 10 Americans cannot define.
I still remember when, in college, I read the Church Committee report that exposed the U.S. actions (as much as a congressional report can). I'm still appalled, all these years later.
I never knew that this happened back then. We certainly did not learn about this in our history class. Shame on Nixon and Kissinger for their involvement in the murder of these people and the theft of the children! Reparations! Disclose those documents, President Biden!
Oh my. Carrying on in the Eisenhower tradition of the Dulles brothers. Terrible. Yes, the US should release all info we have on this. Fifty years later. If not now, when?
In 2016 Hilary Clinton said Kissinger was her mentor. 'Nuff said.
Chile was just one of a series of misguided and violent actions perpetrated by the US on countries that did not deserve our intervention. I suppose you could start with Korea, but definitely Iran in 1953, Guatemala the same year (the Dulles brothers belong in the Hall of Shame with Kissinger), Dominican Republic, Haiti (numerous times until today), DR Congo in 1960, Vietnam soon after that, then Cambodia and Laos, Chile, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya under Obama (a mistake we are paying for in the coups now playing out across the Sahel), and more. Our foreign policy basically sucks, even under Biden. It is independent of party. Though you can probably justify the help for Ukraine, there is no justification for cluster bombs and spent uranium shells. When will we ever learn? Probably not until all the flowers are gone because of ecological collapse due to burning fossil fuels. Politics at the international level, in more countries than just the US, is a dirty business.
Bernie Sanders was right on the money about a lot of things...Kissinger, billionaires running the country, average citizens' rights being trampled, lobbyists money buying votes...Trump was the result of this SYMPTOM that grew into the sham we have today. Accountability needs to be pursued, President Joe, on so many counts. <sigh>
America has created more dictatorships than my lifetime than democracies. And now the billionaire globalist autocrats want to turn America into a dictatorship and the Republicans are almost all on board. China is a capitalist dictatorship even though they call themselves communist.
I was 19 at the time. I remember a comment in the National Lampoon and I paraphrase-- Allende committed suicide shooting himself in the head 23 times pausing only once to reload.
If you think Kissinger was a war criminal regarding Chile, check out "Sideshow: Kissinger, Nixon, and the Destruction of Cambodia," by William Shawcross.
"If Kissinger can win the Nobel Peace Prize, I would be surprised to wake up and find that I'd won the Preakness." -- "Wag the Dog"