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Intercept: Kissingerís War Crimes Are Central to Divide Between Hillary and Bernie Sanders

Henry Kissingerís War Crimes Are Central to the Divide Between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders
by Dan Froomkin * Feb. 12 2016 * The Intercept

The sparring during Thursdayís Democratic presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders over whether Henry Kissinger is an elder statesman or a pariah has laid bare a major foreign policy divide within the Democratic Party. ~snip~

Kissinger is an amazing and appropriate lens through which to see whatís at stake in the choice between Clinton and Sanders. But that only works, of course, if you understand who Kissinger is ó which surely many of todayís voters donít. ~snip~

Kissinger is reviled by many left-leaning observers of foreign policy. They consider him an amoral egotist who enabled dictators, extended the Vietnam War, laid the path to the Khmer Rouge killing fields, stage-managed a genocide in East Timor, overthrew the democratically-elected left-wing government in Chile, and encouraged Nixon to wiretap his political adversaries.

First, letís review what happened at the debate. Hereís the video, followed by the transcript:



And now, some background about Kissinger.

Greg Grandin, a history professor at New York University, just published a timely book called Kissingerís Shadow: The Long Reach of Americaís Most Controversial Statesman. In an article in the Nation last week, ďHenry Kissinger, Hillary Clintonís Tutor in War and Peace,Ē he offered this pithy summary:
Letís consider some of Kissingerís achievements during his tenure as Richard Nixonís top foreign policyĖmaker. He
(1) prolonged the Vietnam War for five pointless years;
(2) illegally bombed Cambodia and Laos;
(3) goaded Nixon to wiretap staffers and journalists;
(4) bore responsibility for three genocides in Cambodia, East Timor, and Bangladesh;
(5) urged Nixon to go after Daniel Ellsberg for having released the Pentagon Papers, which set off a chain of events that brought down the Nixon White House;
(6) pumped up Pakistanís ISI, and encouraged it to use political Islam to destabilize Afghanistan;
(7) began the U.S.ís arms-for-petrodollars dependency with Saudi Arabia and pre-revolutionary Iran;
(8) accelerated needless civil wars in southern Africa that, in the name of supporting white supremacy, left millions dead;
(9) supported coups and death squads throughout Latin America; and (10) ingratiated himself with the first-generation neocons, such as Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz, who would take American militarism to its next calamitous level. Read all about it in Kissingerís Shadow!

A full tally hasnít been done, but a back-of-the-envelope count would attribute 3, maybe 4 million deaths to Kissingerís actions, but that number probably undercounts his victims in southern Africa.

https://theintercept.com/2016/02/12/henry-kissingers-war-crimes-are-central-to-the-divide-between-hillary-clinton-and-bernie-sanders/

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myrna minx Feb 2016 #1
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Peregrine Took Feb 2016 #3
Motown_Johnny Feb 2016 #4
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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 04:03 PM

1. K&R - the fact that Kissinger is embraced by the Democratic Party is VERY disturbing. He's a

war criminal. THAT is a deal breaker for me. It's just astonishing.

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Response to myrna minx (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 04:08 PM

2. Are NRC/DNC hinting that Kissinger may be Hillary's pick for SOS?

 

It is both very revealing and very disturbing .. I don't think this ^ is really true, but still ..

It really makes one wonder WTF the Hillary campaign is thinking by repeatedly referencing
an infamous war criminal as a trusted advisor. It's very strange.

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 04:15 PM

3. Thanks for posting. I love the Intercept. n/t

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Response to 99th_Monkey (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 04:43 PM

4. Hillary's Neo-con foreign policy approach on full display.

 


The worst part is that she is just so damn proud of it.





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Response to Motown_Johnny (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 12, 2016, 04:53 PM

5. Yep. Proud friend of war criminal. Like on so many other things

 

she "just can't help herself" .. growing cracks in her "progressive" veneer

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