Vintage Kissinger Quotes and More
National Security Advisor 1969-1975 and Secretary of State 1973-1977
The principle of "universal jurisdiction" applies and states that crimes against humanity
are indictable and punishable everywhere in the world. The International Criminal Court
charged with fulfilling this principle has received more than the 60-nation vote required
for its establishment – an exception is the US, which has not "signed on."
During the period 1969-1977 when Kissinger played a major role in US foreign policy
untold numbers of civilian deaths in countries around the world can be laid to US
bombs, covert operations and direct assassinations.
"It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting the
President from ordering assassination."
Statement at a National Security Council meeting in 1975
"I don't see why we need to stand by and watch a country go communist due to
the irresponsibility of its people. The issues are much too important for the
Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
As Secretary of State under Richard Nixon
Vintage Kissinger quotes are from Woodward and Bernstein, The Final Days, Ch. 14.
A Selection from Henry Kissinger’s Career
Cambodia: Operation Menu, March 9, 1969-August 15, 1973
During this “Operation” the US dropped 2,756,941 tons of bombs. To put this number
into perspective, the Allies dropped just over 2 million tons of bombs during all of World
War II. Cambodia may be the most heavily bombed country in history.
Under Nixon’s orders, bombers hit deep inside Cambodia’s borders, first to root out the
Viet Cong and later to protect the Lon Nol regime from growing numbers of Cambodian
Communist forces. Congress cut funding for the war and imposed an end to the
bombing on August 15, 1973 amid calls for Nixon’s impeachment for his deceit in
escalating the campaign. Many have argued that the US bombing campaign led directly
to the success of Pol Pot’s forces and that bloody regime.
East Pakistan (Bangladesh): 1971
The United States supported West Pakistan’s violent suppression of East Pakistan both
politically and materially. The assault left as many as three million dead and millions of
refugees in East Pakistan. The Nixon administration provided support to (West)
Pakistan in order to demonstrate to China the bona fides of the United States as an ally
against the Soviet Union and in direct violation of the US Congress-imposed sanctions
on Pakistan. Through Kissinger, military supplies to Pakistan were routed through
Jordan and Iran.
The election of Salvador Allende led to pressure on Nixon from rightwing US
corporations to get rid of him. “Declassified documents show that Kissinger took
seriously this chance to impress his boss. A group … was set up with … a strategy of
destabilization, kidnap and assassination, designed to provoke a military coup.”
The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Christopher Hitchens, Verso Press, 2001
Hitchens tells a complex story of intrigue that included the assassination of General
Rene Schneider who stood firmly against a military coup. Kissinger machinations
among rightwing military commanders led to a coup overthrowing the democratically
elected government of Salvador Allende and the establishment of the murderous regime
of August Pinochet. Hitchens also shows that Kissinger backed Operation Condor-- a
machinery of cross-border assassination, abduction, torture and intimidation,
coordinated between the secret police forces of Chile, Paraguay and Argentina.
East Timor 1975-1976
“The Indonesian invasion of East Timor in December 1975 set the stage for the long,
bloody, and disastrous occupation of the territory that ended only after an international
peacekeeping force was introduced in 1999. (One document) shows that Suharto
began the invasion knowing that he had the full approval of the White House and
Other documents … elucidate the inner workings of US policy toward the Indonesian
crisis during 1975 and 1976. Besides confirming that Henry Kissinger and top advisers
expected an eventual Indonesian takeover of East Timor, archival material shows that
the Secretary of State fully understood that the invasion of East Timor involved the
‘illegal’ use of US-supplied military equipment because it was not used in self-defense
as required by law.”