Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger

Posted: February 19, 2016 in Livin' in the USA, Politics
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Hillary Clinton and Henry Kissinger

Two weeks ago during the Democratic debate prior to the New Hampshire primary, my jaw hit the floor when Hillary Clinton cited her association with war criminal  Henry Kissinger as a credit–as something that lent her bona fides as a foreign policy expert.

Kissinger, as Clinton undoubtedly knows, was the architect of Nixon’s 1969-1970 Cambodian bombing campaign and the subsequent invasion of Cambodia in 1970, which overthrew its longtime, popular constitutional monarch, Prince Sihanouk, and then installed an unpopular pro-U.S. military regime. An unintended consequence of the Kissinger-engineered invasion was the rise to power of the Khmer Rouge in 1975 and the subsequent murder of 3,000,000 Cambodians by that group of hardcore Marxists.

In 1973,  Kissinger (along with Nixon) orchestrated the CIA/military coup against the democratically elected government of Chile. The military dictator that coup installed, Augusto Pinochet, instituted a reign of terror, in which his security forces murdered an estimated 10,000 political opponents.

Then in 1975 Kissinger (along with Gerald Ford) gave his blessing to the invasion of East Timor by the Indonesian Suharto military government (which had slaughtered 500,000 of its own citizens when it took power in a coup in 1965). That led to the slaughter of at least 100,000 Timorese (maybe twice that many–no one knows the exact figure) by the Indonesian military. The slaughter included mass shootings of unarmed civilians by that military using U.S.-supplied M-16s.

And yet Clinton proudly cites this criminal–who should have been put on trial in the Hague decades ago–as one of her advisers.

It fits. Clinton and Kissinger are cast from the same mold. Both never met a war they didn’t like.

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(More on Clinton’s disastrous foreign policy acts and positions shortly.)

 

 

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