Bernie Sanders is proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not his friend

CodepinkProtest013115On reading Medea Benjamin’s article on the ‘Common Dreams’ website, which was also published at a number of other alternative news sites, including, ‘Dissident Voice’, it was difficult not to agree wholeheartedly with Bernie Sanders when he says “that Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history.”  Mr Sanders then went on to give an indication of exactly what he meant by “destructive” when he pointed out that Nixon’s secretary of state helped Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge gain power and thereby facilitated “one of the worst genocides in the history of the world.”

This, of course, is old news, as is the author throwing light on Kissinger’s role in the 1973 Chilean coup d’état, which led to a Military Junta led by Augusto Pinochet replacing  Salvador Allende’s democratically elected government. No wonder then that Sanders became a trifle peeved with Hillary when she said that “she appreciated the foreign policy mentoring she got from Henry Kissinger,” who was after all, not only worried about American investment in Chile, but also had concerns regarding  the insidious model effect” of a (Allende’s) democratic election. Or, is Hillary Clinton, perhaps, thinking about her mentor’s role in the 1975 Indonesian invasion of East Timor, which led to a 25-year occupation and the systematic slaughtering of over 100,000 people?

Of course, with Sarah Palin being an earlier beneficiary of the “grey eminence’s extensive foreign policy knowledge and expertise in carpet-bombing innocent civilians in nations with which the U.S. is not officially at war”, Hillary is not the only person who is grateful for the former secretary of state’s mentoring. Might it just be that with Bernie Sander’s we actually have a possible president who is loath to adopting the hypocrisy, lies, and crimes, that have defined “the American Century.”

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About sanculottist

There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.
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3 Responses to Bernie Sanders is proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not his friend

  1. I agree with your opinions. Unfortunately, I think Antonin Scalia’s death might sink Bernie, because now the presidential power to nominate judges and set the direction of SCOTUS for a generation will be more important to voters. That benefits Clinton (JD from Yale), and hurts Sanders (BA Poly Sci).

    • sanculottist says:

      not too informed on how antonin scalia’s death might affect the nomination. however, the “unpledged” delegates could be a concern.
      from this side of the atlantic it is what andrew j. bachevich refers to as “the washington consensus on national security” which concerns us most. one wonders, however, after the hype and hypocrisy of the obama years, if any real change will happen.

      • First, pardon me for being ill-mannered and not saying I enjoyed reading your views! The way Scalia had influence was in being the most outspoken conservative “originalist” (traditionalist) member of the Court, as well as the longest-serving current justice. He was the “ideal judge” right-wingers inside and outside government regularly pointed to and praised. Though most Court rulings are not close, contested votes have been going 5-4 in favor of the right for years. Now the court is evenly split 4/4. If the Court votes are tied, the next lowest court’s rulings stand. Presidents all want to appoint justices who share more of their political orientation. Since it’s a lifetime appointment, it can set the tone of one out of three of our co-equal branches of government for a generation, and secure a president’s Constitutional legacy.

        To adress your comment, I guess that depends on how much change it takes to qualify as “real” :D

        Off-topic, but It’s nice to have a Glaswegian play Doctor Who. (My favorite show.)

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