Kissinger's Offenses

Kissinger’s offenses could fill a book -- and have done so at least twice (Seymour Hersh’s The Price of Power and, more recently Christopher Hitchens’ The Trial of Henry Kissinger). Here is an abbreviated indictment. As national security adviser to President Nixon, he misled the public repeatedly about the Vietnam War and sustained a doomed-to-failure effort that led to the pointless deaths of many Americans and Vietnamese. He orchestrated the secret (and arguably illegal) bombing of Cambodia. He participated in the wiretapping of his own staffers in the White House, and he ordered the bugging of a New York Times reporter. He plotted with Nixon and the CIA to overthrow the democratically-elected Chilean President Salvador Allende and engineered the destabilization of Chile, which led to a bloody military coup and the installation of a totalitarian, murderous regime. He suggested to Nixon that White House operatives conduct break-ins against political foes. He was aware of, and somewhat involved in, the creation of the White House "plumbers" unit, the band of covert agents who pulled off (and bungled) the Watergate caper. These days, Kissinger is, in a way, a wanted man. Judges and investigators in France, Chile, Italy and Argentina want to question him about U.S. knowledge or encouragement of human rights abuses and political assassinations mounted in the 1970s by Chile’s military regime. Of course, he has not offered to be of assistance.

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