Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sanders’ Assessment of Clinton’s Mentor Kissinger Is Well Founded

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At the Democratic debate in Milwaukee, Senator Bernie Sanders revealed how much he detested Hillary Clinton’s mentor on Foreign Policy, Nixon’s Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Sanders said he believes “Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country.”

“I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend,” Sanders said. “I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger. And in fact, Kissinger’s actions in Cambodia, when the United States bombed that country, overthrew Prince Sihanouk, created the instability for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge to come in, who then butchered some 3 million innocent people, one of the worst genocides in the history of the world. So count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger.”

Most likely, many listening to the debate may not understand why Sanders had such ill feelings toward Kissinger. Living through the Nixon years, particularly the Vietnam War, I understand why. And I, too, have nothing but disgust for the man.

The Intercept’s Dan Froomkin details Kissinger’s war crimes. He says Sander’s and Clinton’s differing views are central to the divide between them.

A few notable quotes speak to Kissinger’s character:

"Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, 'The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer. But since the Freedom of Information Act, I'm afraid to say things like that." The Guardian

“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”  The New York Times

In relaying orders from Nixon to Gen­eral Alexander Haig: “[Nixon] wants a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. He doesn’t want to hear anything. It’s an order, it’s to be done. Anything that flies, on anything that moves.” You got that?”

Mr. Kissinger exulted to President Nixon over bombing Vietnam: “it’s wave after wave of planes. You see, they can’t see the B-52 and they dropped a million pounds of bombs … I bet you we will have had more planes over there in one day than Johnson had in a month … each plane can carry about 10 times the load of World War II plane could carry.” Global Research

“It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the President from ordering assassination.” Laura Kalman, Right Star Rising: A New Politics, 1974-1980

Clinton takes pride that Henry Kissinger is an advisor of hers on foreign policy. Sanders’ assessment of Kissinger as “one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country” is well founded. It’s unacceptable that anyone would take Kissinger’s advice. Nevertheless, no question about it, Henry Kissinger is “a litmus test for foreign policy.”

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