During the “debate” on Thursday Bernie Sanders mentioned Hillary Clinton’s praise for the globalist war criminal Henry Kissinger.
“I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better than anybody had run it in a long time,” Clinton said on February 4.
On Thursday Bernie shot back.
“Henry Kissinger was one of the most destructive secretaries of state in the modern history of this country,” he said. “I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger. And in fact, Kissinger’s actions in Cambodia, when the United States bombed that country, overthrew Prince Sihanouk, created the instability for Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge to come in, who then butchered some three million innocent people, one of the worst genocides in the history of the world. So count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger.”
Bernie understated the case. From 1979 until 1991 the United States supported the Khmer Rouge and Pol Pot as part of an effort to oppose the Vietnamese installed government in Phnom Penh.
“This does seem awkward,” writes Edward S. Herman, “the United States and its allies giving economic, military, and political support to Pol Pot, and voting for over a decade to have his government retain Cambodia’s UN seat.”
Kissinger’s comrade and fellow globalist collaborator, Zbigniew Brzezinski, said he “encouraged the Chinese to support Pol Pot… Pol Pot was an abomination. We could never support him but China could.”
The Nixon-Kissinger bombing of Cambodia likely killed nearly as many people as Pol Pot. In 1973 for a period of 160 consecutive days the US military dropped more than 240,000 tons of bombs on Cambodia, 50 percent more than the conventional explosives dropped on Japan during the Second World War. According to Herman, a Finnish government study estimated that 600,000 people died in this first phase of the bombing, with 2 million refugees produced.
Clinton’s slavering praise for Kissinger is possible because most Americans are only vaguely aware of who he is. Most Americans are almost completely ignorant of his criminal behavior.
In addition to masterminding the genocide of Asians, Kissinger “stroked and bolstered” Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who overthrew the elected government of Chile and murdered, jailed, and tortured thousands of Chileans.
“In the United States, as you know, we are sympathetic with what you are trying to do here [murder, torture, disappear],” Kissinger told Pinochet. “l think that the previous government was headed toward communism. We wish your government well.”
Kissinger, who is held aloft as an elder statesman by the establishment media, is Hillary Clinton’s role model (and he is also praised by Ted Cruz). She did her best in Libya to follow in Kissinger’s blood stained footsteps.
The destruction of that country (including the slaughter of 100,000 people) and the murder of its leader was supported by the establishment and its functionaries, including John Kerry, Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Nancy Pelosi, Marco Rubio, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Mark Kirk, Charles Krauthammer and Bill Kristol, to name but a few of the more recognizable. The 2001 Authorization to Use Military Force put into force by the Bush regime made the invasion possible.
Unfortunately, Bernie’s remark about Kissinger will likely be a one-off and he will not dare venture further into the massive crimes of the establishment, crimes that are either ignored outright or glossed over by the corporate media.
There is plenty of blame to go around on both sides of the aisle—when it comes to war and mass murder, there is scant difference between Republican and Democrat—and any additional condemnation by Sanders will further alienate the Democrat machine.
Sanders is walking on thin ice. His support of Bill Clinton’s military actions in the 1999 Kosovo War and his failure to oppose the war in Afghanistan undermine any antiwar credence he may want to call upon.