It’s Like 1968 All Over Again

Vietnam. Kissinger participated in a GOP plot to undermine the 1968 Paris peace talks in order to assist Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign. Kissinger oversaw the secret bombing campaign in Cambodia estimated to have claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of civilians.

Bangladesh. In 1971, Pakistani General Yahya Khan, armed with U.S. weaponry, overthrew a democratically elected government in an action that led to a massive civilian bloodbath. Kissinger blocked U.S. condemnation of Khan. Instead, he noted Khan’s “delicacy and tact.”

Chile. In the early 1970s, Kissinger oversaw the CIA’s extensive covert campaign that assisted coup-plotters, some of whom installed the murderous military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

East Timor. In 1975, President Gerald Ford and Kissinger, still serving as secretary of state, offered advance approval of Indonesia’s brutal invasion of East Timor, which took the lives of tens of thousands of East Timorese.

Argentina. In 1976, as a fascistic and anti-Semitic military junta was beginning its so-called “dirty war” against supposed subversives ? between 9,000 and 30,000 people would be “disappeared” by the military over the next seven years ? Argentina’s foreign minister met with Kissinger and received what he believed was tacit encouragement for his government’s violent efforts.

Appropriately, Kissinger is a man on the run for his past misdeeds.