Friday, February 12, 2016

Henry, Hillary and Bernie

 Kissinger and  Clinton talk during an April 20, 2011,interview at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)
February 12, 2015 -- Notorious war criminal Henry Kissinger has made an appearance in recent Democratic Party presidential debates.

Last night Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's name-dropping of Kissinger during the previous debate when she cited Kissinger as a reference. Reviewing Kissinger's book World Order in the Washington Post, she wrote “Kissinger is a friend, and I relied on his counsel when I served as secretary of state,” (See here and here for more on Clinton's relationship to Kissinger.) 

On Feb. 11, Sanders called Kissinger "destructive," said he was "proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend, and mentioned his role in the illegal bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War (see below for complete remarks. He could have also listed (in no particular order and by no means complete): East Timor, Bangladesh, Cyprus, Angola, Chile, Cyprus ...

Readers and supporters of ETAN don't need reminding of Kissinger's role in East Timor's suffering. For those new or needing a refresher: Then Secretary of State Kissinger and President Gerald Ford stopped over in Jakarta on December 6, 1975 where they reassured the dictator Suharto that they understood his desire to invade and that the flow of U.S. weapons to the Indonesian military would continue. Indonesia invaded the next day and the U.S. armed and trained the murderous regime. As Kissinger later said “The illegal we do immediately, the unconstitutional takes a bit longer.”

see ETAN's Kissinger pages