April 14, 1985
Kissinger defends U.S. intervention in Vietnam. Of course, rewriting history is child's play for someone so well skilled in deception (remember, we weren't really bombing Cambodia.) Hundreds of thousands of human beings died--for what? To prevent oppression? Sure that's a noble cause, but what about the Philippines, Chile, El Salvador? No oppression there? Yeah, OK. Well, what's the bottom line? Governments that do good business with American big business are free to rule as they wish; those that don't had better watch out. And Kissinger's remedy for this messy world?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1989
It is often said that generals fight the last previous war. Similarly, Kissinger has for years espoused a diplomacy which in its mode and goals is informed by "big power" brokering over spheres of influence which emerged from the Congress of Vienna, reached its zenith in Yalta, and debasement at Helsinki. The utter poverty of that modus vivendi is writ large in the millions of deaths, crushing colonialism and cult of technological destruction witnessed over the last two centuries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 1987
The dead, the maimed, the bereaved! Does no one worry about them? Kissinger does a masterful analysis of the Nicaragua- contras conflict. But he seems unaware that as the war drags on more people will die and more disaster will fall on the living. Among his conclusions are that, " . . . an overall settlement is simply not possible in any time frame relevant to congressional decisions on contra aid. An issue as complex as the democratization of Central American cannot be negotiated by the Nov. 7 deadline put forth in the Guatemala City agreement," and that "Congress should vote contra aid for an 18-month period on the present scale to permit a new Administration to set its own policies and to avoid having an issue of fundamental national consequence overwhelmed by the politics of an election year."
June 4, 2007
Re "Vietnam's lessons," Opinion, May 31 Henry A. Kissinger attempts to put one over on the American people. As has become an unfortunate norm -- among not only politicians but also the supposed political analysts -- he assumes as premises several conclusions that he makes: that a foreign occupier's puppet government is preferable to one that is openly hostile to that occupier; and that a war entered (or fought) unjustly can nevertheless be brought to a just conclusion. Those premises pose important questions that form the center of what should be a vital debate about how the U.S. positions itself in the world.
December 17, 2002
Re "Kissinger Quits as Head of 9/11 Panel," Dec. 14: If Henry Kissinger cannot investigate terrorists because it could create a "conflict of interest" via his business clients, doesn't that imply they might be terrorists? Shouldn't we know who they are? J.B. Thomas Arroyo Grande Kissinger, appointed by President Bush to investigate the horrific events of Sept. 11, does not want to liquidate his lucrative international consulting firm to take the position. At last this patriot's true colors come out. Kissinger's self-interest is more important than our national interest.
March 12, 2001
As described in "A Belated Skewering of Henry Kissinger" (Feb. 27), the attacks on Kissinger by Christopher Hitchens and other yes-people for the Old Left prove that the best defense of their sordid ideological enthusiasms is a dirty offense. New scholarship suggests that by late 1972 the Nixon-Kissinger policy had transformed the Indochina war into a potentially winnable proposition for anti-communist regimes in Saigon and Cambodia. Then the Democratic Watergate Congress slashed aid to both governments while the Soviet Union dramatically increased its aid to communist forces.
December 15, 1988 |
American conditions for dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization were first outlined by Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger in 1975, when he sought Israel's approval for a troop separation agreement with Egypt in the Sinai Peninsula, seized by Israel in 1967 and retained during the Arab-Israeli War of 1973. Kissinger promised the Israelis that the United States would never deal with the PLO unless the organization acknowledged Israel's right to exist and accepted U.N.
May 2, 1985 |
The chief Vietnamese negotiator at the Paris peace talks that led to the end of the Vietnam War lashed out at his American counterpart Wednesday, saying that Henry A. Kissinger had lied about alleged North Vietnamese violations of the 1973 peace treaty and had tried to evade responsibility for the breakdown of the pact. Le Duc Tho, now a member of Vietnam's Communist Party Politburo, launched a 15-minute tirade against Kissinger, U.S.
December 5, 1987 |
Former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger faced a barrage of hostile Vietnamese interrogators on Friday when he returned to the building where, 15 years ago, he concluded a doomed peace treaty with North Vietnam. "Why did you desert us, what sort of a man are you?" asked one of dozens of refugees from what was formerly South Vietnam, America's ally against the North Vietnamese in the war.