Wednesday, October 04, 2006
I missed this, but it is worth picking up now: Henry Kissinger, who is wanted in several countries for his various crimes, and who bears responsibility for genocide in Cambodia - "anything that flies on anything that moves" - is now advising the White House on Iraq. Kissinger, of course, is not a neoconservative, but an old right 'realist' and a former associate of that other old right 'realist', Dick Cheney.
Cheney told Bob Woodward: "Of the outside people that I talk to in this job I probably talk to Henry Kissinger more than just about anybody else." Woodward adds: "Now, what’s Kissinger’s advice? In Iraq, he declared very simply: 'Victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.'"
The US bombing of Cambodia, merely one of the crimes Kissinger had a hand in, was part of the Nixon administration's "exit strategy" from Vietnam. According to a Finnish Inquiry Commission at the time, it resulted in 600,000 people being killed, referring to the number of deaths as "genocidal". The "exit strategy" for Iraq has so far killed hundreds of thousands, according to Les Roberts, co-author of the Lancet report from October 2004. How appropriate that Kissinger has been resuscitated to help finish off the vital task of liberating the Iraqi people.