Henry Kissinger’s Bloody Legacy
The dark side of Kissinger’s tradecraft left a deep stain on vast quarters of the globe—and on America’s own reputation.
Chile is the darkest blotch on Kissinger’s legacy.
He was the chief architect of the U.S. policy to destabilize the regime of Chile’s democratically elected socialist president, Salvador Allende.
And he gave full support to Augusto Pinochet, the Chilean general who mounted the coup overthrowing Allende in September 1973—even turning a blind eye to Pinochet’s murderous repression of Allende supporters, including the car-bombing of a prominent critic-in-exile, Orlando Letelier, which also killed a young American colleague, Ronni Moffitt, on the streets of Washington, D.C.
Henry Kissinger at 100: A contradictory legacy of peace and terror
Once the most admired man in America, the former secretary of state
was a master of great-power diplomacy. Yet he was willfully clueless about much of the world.
If it’s true that only the good die young, what does that say about Henry Kissinger, who turns 100 this Saturday?
At the peak of his power in the early 1970s, public opinion surveys showed Kissinger to be the most admired man in America. He remains an icon, the ultimate foreign-policy wise man.
Yet his name is forever stained by his support for violent campaigns in Asia, Africa, and Latin America that laid waste to nations and left hundreds of thousands of dead. Was he a brilliant statesman or a war criminal? Yes.
Kissinger took a passionate, personal interest in promoting despotic governments throughout the globe
Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat, political theorist, geopolitical consultant, and politician who served as United States Secretary of State and National Security Advisor under the presidential administrations of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford¹. He was born on May 27, 1923 in Fürth, Bavaria, Germany and fled Nazi Germany with his family in 1938.
Kissinger played a prominent role in United States foreign policy between 1969 and 1977, pioneering the policy of détente with the Soviet Union, orchestrating an opening of relations with the People’s Republic of China, engaging in what became known as shuttle diplomacy in the Middle East to end the Yom Kippur War, and negotiating the Paris Peace Accords, which ended American involvement in the Vietnam War.
For his actions negotiating a ceasefire in Vietnam, Kissinger received the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize under controversial circumstances.
Kissinger has also been associated with such controversial policies as the U.S. bombing of Cambodia during the Vietnam War, U.S. involvement in the 1973 Chilean military coup, a “green light” to Argentina’s military junta for their Dirty War, and U.S. support for Pakistan during the Bangladesh Liberation War despite a genocide being perpetrated by Pakistan.
Heinz Alfred “Henry” Kissinger may not be the devil himself, but he sure acts like his emissary.
Kissinger received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1973 for his work on the Vietnam Peace Accords, despite having instituted the secret 1969–1975 campaign of bombing against infiltrating NVA in Cambodia, the alleged U.S. involvement in Operation Condor—a mid-1970s campaign of kidnapping and murder coordinated among the intelligence and security services of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay—as well as the death of French nationals under the Chilean junta.
He also supported the invasion of Cyprus resulting in approximately 1/3 of the island being occupied by foreign troops for 33 years.
Some peace activists go so far as to suggest that the Nobel Peace Prize has become irrelevant due to Kissinger being a laureate.
Kissinger’s 100th birthday today. The fact that this monster is celebrated
instead of in jail tells you that he’s part of a much bigger problem — and that
problem is America’s global empire.
McCain Brands Protesters ‘Low-Life Scum’
Anti-war demonstrators interrupt a Senate committee to demand the arrest of former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
Senator John McCain called a group of anti-war protesters “low-life scum” as he had them ejected from a Senate hearing after one waved a pair of handcuffs in the face of former secretary of state Henry Kissinger.
Mr Kissinger, 91, was appearing as a witness in front of a US Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
Ann Fleischer is the ex-wife of Henry Kissinger. Ann Fleischer’s ex-husband Kissinger is a German-born American politician, diplomat, and geopolitical consultant.
Ann Fleischer: Bio Summary
|Full Name||Ann Fleischer|
|famous as||Ex-wife of Henry Kissinger|
|Place of Birth||Germany|
|Children||Elizabeth Kissinger, David Kissinger|
|spouse||Henry Kissinger (m. 1949–1964)|
Margaret Thatcher and Henry Kissinger
Nancy Sharon Kissinger (née Maginnes; born April 13, 1934) is an American philanthropist and socialite, and the wife of former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. The couple married on March 30, 1974, in Arlington, Virginia.
Nancy and Henry Kissinger in their New York apartment with their dog Tyler, 1978
Kissinger was born in Manhattan and raised in White Plains, New York. Her parents were Agnes (born McKinley) and Albert Bristol Maginnes, a wealthy lawyer and football player. She received a B.A. in history in 1955 from Mount Holyoke College.
Her first job was as Kissinger’s researcher on a Rockefeller task force; she continued working for Rockefeller at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund after the task force finished its work. She later became director of international studies for Rockefeller’s Commission on Critical Choices for Americans.
David Kissinger and Elizabeth Kissinger: Who are Henry Kissinger’s children?
US Foreign Minister Henry Kissinger with his children Elizabeth (14) and David (12) on 24th March 1974 in Bonn.
Father and son, Henry Kissinger and David Kissinger at graduation from Concord Academy, Massachusetts, 1st June 1979. (Photo by Mikki Ansin/Getty Images)
What’s the last thing you would expect the son of Henry Kissinger to do? How about help run Conan O’Brien’s production company?
That’s exactly what the former secretary of state’s only son, David, does. The fifty-something has been president of Conaco since 2005. Before that, he served as co-president of NBC Universal Television Studio. Over his career in television development and production, Kissinger has helped bring to the small screen such shows as “House,” “The Office” and “Boy Meets World.”