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Is Henry Kissinger a War Criminal? Evidently So... *The Trials of Henry Kissinger*

21 October 2008 at 10:34:22 AM

I've heard for a long time that if the United States was a party to the International Criminal Court, Henry Kissinger would be brought up on war criminal charges, same as Pinochet. I also recall the stink when Bush the Lesser tried to put Kissinger on the 9/11 committee and was forced to retract.

(Looks like this, above, is a trailer for a movie 9/11 for Truth. I'll watch THAT! )

As David Corn said

Asking Henry Kissinger to investigate government malfeasance or nonfeasance is akin to asking Slobodan Milosevic to investigate war crimes. Pretty damn akin, since Kissinger has been accused, with cause, of engaging in war crimes of his own. Moreover, he has been a poster-child for the worst excesses of secret government and secret warfare. Yet George W. Bush has named him to head a supposedly independent commission to investigate the nightmarish attacks of September 11, 2001, a commission intended to tell the public what went wrong on and before that day. This is a sick, black-is-white, war-is-peace joke--a cruel insult to the memory of those killed on 9/11 and a screw-you affront to any American who believes the public deserves a full accounting of government actions or lack thereof. It's as if Bush instructed his advisers to come up with the name of the person who literally would be the absolute worst choice for the post and, once they had, said, "sign him up."

Last night I watched "The Trials of Henry Kissinger" to see what the justifications are for believing that Henry Kissinger should be walking the plank. And boy, was there plenty of evidence for Kissinger, secretly, and without approval of Congress, deliberately planning (and succeeding) in overthrowing other countries, even those whose heads were elected in a democratic process.

More recently, during one of the debates, Kissinger's name came up again, about  the issue of pre-conditions when meeting with our enemies. (Kissinger also stumps for McCain, incidentally).  From CNN

 After Friday night's presidential debate, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger defended Sen. John McCain's attack against Sen. Barack Obama for Obama's willingness to meet with the Iranian president "without precondition."

Immediately after the debate, the McCain campaign released a statement from Kissinger backing the Republican nominee's sentiments on structuring any talks with Iran.

"Sen. McCain is right. I would not recommend the next president of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the presidential level," Kissinger said in the statement.

Of course, he had actually contradicted himself,

and if you look farther, Obama and McCain have the same position.

But Kissinger is a liar. He doesn't believe in negotiation and the proof is in documents that are part of the public record that show that he secretly worked to undermine governments the US had issues with. And Congress knew about it, too, including, for example, the not-so secret bombing of Laos.

What about leaders in Congress? I've always been bemused by this notion of the secret bombing of Laos that wasn't so secret. Congressional leadership knew about that. It's very interesting that, when they come down to the impeachment articles against Nixon, Congressional leaders got the proposal to impeach him on the grounds of the secret bombing of Laos withdrawn because they know they were culpable and accountable in that matter as well. And this.

In the fall of 1968, Richard Nixon and some of his emissaries and underlings set out to sabotage the Paris peace negotiations on Vietnam. The means they chose were simple: they privately assured the South Vietnamese military rulers that an incoming Republican regime would offer them a better deal than would a Democratic one. In this way, they undercut both the talks themselves and the electoral strategy of Vice President Hubert Humphrey. The tactic "worked," in that the South Vietnamese junta withdrew from the talks on the eve of the election, thereby destroying the peace initiative on which the Democrats had based their campaign. In another way, it did not "work," because four years later the Nixon Administration tried to conclude the war on the same terms that had been on offer in Paris. The reason for the dead silence that still surrounds the question is that in those intervening years some 20,000 Americans and an uncalculated number of Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians lost their lives. Lost them, that is to say, even more pointlessly than had those slain up to that point. The impact of those four years on Indochinese society, and on American democracy, is beyond computation. The chief beneficiary of the covert action, and of the subsequent slaughter, was Henry Kissinger.

You know, it's the absolute height of absurdity to give this man ANY credence whatsover about how to talk with our enemies, regardless of whether you agree with McCain or you agree with Obama, UNLESS you also think it's just fine and dandy to have shadow government that ignores the law and constitution and sanctions assassinations in other countries. In other words, Kissinger is NOT the standard by which anyone's public policy should be compared, and we should not be listening to him at all.

I recommend watching this movie, and also reading Christopher Hitchen's articles about the case against Henry Kissinger from Harper's magazine. ARTICLE    Discussion Part 1   Part 2

P.S. Interesting that the Church committee's investigations not only looked into the crimes of the Nixon administration but also  into the FBI's crimes re: Weather Underground.

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