On 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.”