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  • Stockholmer (2550 posts)
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    Flashback… Hillary Clinton’s Embrace of Kissinger Is Inexcusable

    Bernie Sanders should call on her to repudiate him as the war criminal he is.

    https://www.thenation.com/article/hillary-clintons-embrace-of-kissinger-is-inexcusable/

     

    Word comes from Politico that Hillary Clinton is courting the endorsement of Henry Kissinger. No surprise. Kissinger and the Clintons go back a ways, to when Bill in the early 1990s sought out Kissinger’s support to pass NAFTA and to, in the words of the economist Jeff Faux, serve as “the perfect tutor for a new Democratic president trying to convince Republicans and their business allies that they could count on him to champion Reagan’s vision.” Hillary has continued the apprenticeship, soliciting Kissinger’s advice and calling him “friend.”

    Still, Bernie Sanders, and Sanders supporters and surrogates, should use the Politico story to draw a line, making clear that they will withdraw their support of Clinton if Clinton accepts Kissinger’s endorsement. If Sanders stands for anything, it is the promise of decency and civil equality, qualities that he has worked hard to bestow on Clinton since the Democratic National Convention. By accepting Kissinger’s endorsement, Clinton wouldn’t just be mocking that gift. She’d be sending the clearest signal yet to grassroots peace and social-justice Democrats that her presidency wouldn’t be a “popular front” against Trumpian fascism. It would be bloody business as usual.

    Kissinger is a unique monster. He stands not as a bulwark against Donald Trump’s feared recklessness and immorality but as his progenitor. As Richard Nixon’s aide-de-camp, Kissinger helped plan and execute a murderous, illegal foreign policy—in Southeast and South Asia, Southern Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America—as reckless and immoral as anything Trump now portends. Millions died as a result of his actions. Kissinger and Nixon threatened to use nuclear weapons, and, indeed, Kissinger helped inscribe the threat of “limited nuclear war” into doctrine. Kissinger, in the 1970s, not only dug the hole that the greater Middle East finds itself in, but, as an influential cheerleader for both the first Gulf War in 1991 and its 2003 sequel, helped drive the United States into that ditch.

    Kissinger’s crimes aren’t just related to covert murder, genocide, and illegal bombing. In 1975, for example, as Gerald Ford’s secretary of state, he helped Union Carbide set up its chemical plant in Bhopal, India, working with the Indian government and helping secure a loan from the Export-Import Bank of the United States to cover a portion of the plant’s construction. Then, after the plant’s 1984 chemical-leak disaster, Kissinger Associates, the consultancy firm he set up after leaving the State Department, represented Union Carbide, helping to broker, in 1989, a $470 million out-of-court settlement for victims of the spill. The payout was widely condemned as paltry in relation to the scale of the disaster: The spill caused nearly 4,000 immediate deaths and exposed another half a million people to toxic gases. Kissinger Associates is a private company—Kissinger famously quit as chair of the 9/11 Commission so he wouldn’t have to reveal his client list—so the fees it extracted from Union Carbide for this service is unknown. But Bhopal is a good example of the way Kissinger, as a private consultant, profited from the work he did as a public servant (for Kissinger’s role in negotiating the settlement, see the 1988 letter obtained by the environmental reporter Rob Edwards, found here; also, see New York Times reports that Kissinger’s firm had an account with Union Carbide).

     

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  • closeupready (1890 posts)
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    1. That picture is just so repulsive.

    :puke:  K&R for the thread.

    The opinions and views expressed herein are solely those of the author.
  • HIP56948 (3101 posts)
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    2. Mutual Admiration. This is one case where we can truly say…

    You’re judged by the company you keep.

  • Doremus Jessup (3022 posts)
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    3. The most evil fucker in my lifetime.

    One of the most evil in all of the history of mankind.

    Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity. End ALL occupations and bring the troops home.
    • roguevalley (2225 posts)
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      8. they have vacationed together for 30 years

      Be love. Be light. Fear is the only darkness. Love is the only light.
    • MissDeeds (962 posts)
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      9. Which one?

  • TRex (3361 posts)
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    4. Two people that have knowingly committed war crimes.

    They deserve each other.

    Oh sweety, no just no, when I or those of us here talk about the ultra rich - it is NOT you! Not you by a longshot, oh my God did you think...no way you actually thought we meant you? Lord, this country is full of rich stupid people and you seem to be one of the worst. No sweety, you are just a low paid pawn to those ultra rich we talk about. They are wrecking the world, you are an enabler and I understand not being able to sleep at night. I wouldn't either, selling out our future. You have kids right?  
  • Aerows (4028 posts)
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    5. Hillary does NOT CARE

    she is only in it for herself, and she has paid a lot of people to pretend they are in it for Hillary.

    She is and always had been despicable.

    Root: If we're just information, just noise in the system, we might as well be a symphony.
    • Betty Karlson (4158 posts)
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      6. Clinton is a war criminal herself

      Certainly she aided and abetted war crimes. Honduras anyone?

      "Someone hacks the DNC allowing all of America to see how the DNC operates as one of the most corrupt political machines in national history. Ergo, Hillary Clinton should be installed as President by judicial fiat. And if you do not agree to this scheme you deserve to be brought up on charges of treason because fascism." - NUGrrl, december 2016 “Once a person has been determined to be an UNTRUSTWORTHY LIAR, their pretend stances on important issues are simply not relevant to rational discussion.” – Ida Briggs, September 2016
  • Utopian Leftist (513 posts)
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    7. At least South Africa

    had a “Truth and Reconciliation Commission,” so that the people could forgive and move on from the atrocities committed by their government.

    ‘Murica should be so lucky. Billy didn’t punish Poppy Bush. So Baby Bush didn’t punish Billy. So Barry wouldn’t prosecute the scumbags Bush or Cheney or really ANYone who should have gone to Hell for their crimes against humanity. Twittler will probably not punish anyone who deserves it, either. So not only do our war criminals walk freely amongst us, they are hailed as heroes, vomited up by the presstitutes as model citizens, and WE THE PEOPLE NEVER GET TO MOVE ON!!!

    Ergo, ‘Murica either needs an adult in the White House, or a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

    The beatdown Hillary was handed had nothing to do with Bernie Bros, Russia, a VRWC, Comey, the FBI, the media, sexism, racism or any other ism you can think of. It was a referendum on neoliberalism. It is your legacy, Obama. It’s Clinton fatigue born of endless scandals. It’s war and prison for profit. It’s criminality that dresses itself up like saintliness and looks down its nose at its victims. ~ farleftlib