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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Only the good die young

It's Henry Kissinger's 85th birthday today. Here he is when he was 35. Between then and now was quite a career.

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Good as Gold

Is there a statute of limitations on war crimes?

Another self-made oil scammer. Was he odd or even?

One of America's true war criminals. And I'll never forget how Bush appointed Kissenger chairman of The 9/11 Commission. Unbelievable. No, wait: first he opposed the formation of an independent probe into the events leading up the the terrorist attacks and THEN he appointed Kissenger.

Ah, the days of Mutual Assured Destruction. The young Henry advocates limited war (nucuular even), denigrates Nixon, and ultimately enlists the Feds (J. Edgar) to tap the phones of Admin. staff & some reporters. He was the Cheney of his times.

There is another one, 1971, not to be overlooked:

According to Kissinger, this Hot Line message contained the ultimatum that the Soviets respond to earlier American demands; otherwise Nixon would order Bush to "set in train certain moves " in the UN Security Council that would be irreversible. But is this all the message said? Kissinger comments in his memoirs a few pages later: "Our fleet passed through the Strait of Malacca into the Bay of Bengal and attracted much media attention. Were we threatening India? Were we seeking to defend East Pakistan? Had we lost our minds? It was in fact sober calculation. We had some seventy-two hours to bring the war to a conclusion before West Pakistan would be swept into the maelstrom. It would take India that long to shift its forces and mount an assault. Once Pakistan's air force and army were destroyed, its impotence would guarantee the country's eventual disintegration... We had to give the Soviets a warning that matters might get out of control on our side too. We had to be ready to back up the Chinese if at the last moment they came in after all, our UN initiative having failed. [...] However unlikely an American military move against India, the other side could not be sure; it might not be willing to accept even the minor risk that we might act irrationally."

These comments by Kissinger lead to the conclusion that the Hot Line message of December 12 was part of a calculated exercise in thermonuclear blackmail and brinksmanship. Kissinger's reference to acting irrationally recalls the infamous RAND Corporation theories of thermonculear confrontations as chicken games in which it is useful to hint to the opposition that one is insane. If your adversary thinks you are crazy, then he is more likely to back down, the argument goes.

And some earlier formative bits:

While attending City College of New York, in 1943, he ... became a German interpreter for the 970th Counter Intelligence Corps, (CIC) with the rank of sergeant. -- One of CIC's operations in post-war Europe was the operation of a "rat-line" - a conduit for spiriting informants and defectors ... to safety in South America, via Italy, with false identities paid for by CIC. However in 1983 the arrest of former SS officer Klaus Barbie in Bolivia raised questions as to how the "Butcher of Lyons" had escaped. It was then revealed that Barbie had worked for CIC from 1947, and in 1951 had been provided with the means of escape ...

In 1952, while still at Harvard, Kissinger served as a consultant to the Director of the Psychological Strategy Board. -- The Psychological Strategy Board was a committee of the United States executive formed to coordinate and plan for psychological operations. It was formed on April 4, 1951 ....

In 1955, Kissinger was a consultant to the National Security Council's Operations Coordinating Board. -- The Operations Coordinating Board was a committee of the United States Executive created in 1953 ... for integrating the implementation of national security policies across several agencies. The board's membership was to include the Under Secretary of State ... the Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Director of the Foreign Operations Administration, the Director of Central Intelligence, and the President's Special Assistant for Psychological Warfare. Also authorized to attend ... the Director of the United States Information Agency.

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Not too much of a stretch to understand Kissinger began his 'career' in making McCarthyism.

And never stopped.

Is Tenskwat sober or drunk? Whichever is the least frequent of the two, it must be.

Amazing that he speaks coherently, with nary a rant towards LIARS and no hint of BDS.

Upon rereading the above, I see that 30 of those lines are quotes from others; only two lines are his prose.

Never mind.

Is there a statute of limitations on war crimes?

Remember, if an American does it, it's not a war crime.

I should have cited that the coverage of Kissinger's formative life in nationalistic government, is copy-n-pasted from the Wikipedia biography of him.

No need to make the connection of LIARS Larson = fascism = powermad Republican politics ... the reader's mind makes the connection automatically.


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