Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Lipstick on swine: Restoring Henry Kissinger

Attorney Michael O'Donnell calls out Niall Ferguson's latest whitewashing of history in order to retore Henry Kissinger's image for what it is: "Horseshit"

Kissinger and Nixon bombed Cambodia to pieces in a secret four-year campaign that annihilated some 100,000 civilians. “Anything that flies, on anything that moves,” were the parameters Kissinger gave to Alexander Haig. He countered African liberation movements by embracing the white supremacists of Rhodesia and South Africa, a policy known as the “Tar Baby option.” Kissinger facilitated the overthrow of the governments of Chile and Argentina by right-wing generals, and then worked tirelessly to deflect criticism of the new governments’ torture and murder. A declassified memorandum of his meeting with Augusto Pinochet in 1976 shows Kissinger in a particularly unflattering light: “We welcomed the overthrow of the Communist-inclined government here. We are not out to weaken your position.” In 1975 Kissinger and President Ford met with Indonesian strongman Suharto and authorized him to invade East Timor, which he promptly did the following day; another 100,000 lost their lives. “It is important that whatever you do succeeds quickly,” Kissinger advised.
From Restoring Henry


O'Donnell, M. (2015, August 26). Restoring Henry. Washington Monthly.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Cost Of War

From Banksy:

Central Banks "control inflation"

...and other tales to help you sleep at night in a complicated world.

welcome to a world of dis-inflation...

The enemy of my enemy will be my enemy one day

Economic policy works with lags that are long and variable. Foreign policy works with lags that are long and unpredictable. Reagan championing 'freedom fighters' opposed to Soviet tyranny in Afghanistan suffered under the truly unforgiving tyranny of Alzheimer's by the time the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks occurred. Would his belligerently naive and Manichean world view have changed in hindsight of the terrorists his foreign policy spawned?
For the full text of Robert Fisk's article on Osama Bin Laden go here.