Kissinger, in His Own Words
“The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.” http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2010/12/14/christopher-hitchens-latest-nixon-tape-buries-kissingers-reputation/
"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger, quoted in "Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POW's in Vietnam""I can think of no faster way to unite the American people behind George W. Bush than a terrorist attack on an American target overseas. And I believe George W. Bush will quickly unite the American people through his foreign policy.''-Henry Kissinger, appearing on CNBC, 13th Dec 2000
"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
-- Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, about Chile prior to the CIA overthrow of the democratically elected government of socialist President Salvadore Allende in 1973
"Why should we flagellate ourselves for
what the Cambodians did to each other?"
-- Henry Kissinger - who (with Richard Nixon) was responsible for the massive bombing of Cambodia in 1973, which killed three-quarters of a million peasants and disrupted Cambodian society, setting the stage for Pol Pot to come to power and ultimately kill another one-and-a-half million people
"The illegal we do immediately. The
unconstitutional takes a little longer."
"Wouldn't have mattered very much. If the
Vietnam domino had fallen then, no great loss."
-- Henry Kissinger, when asked "What if the United States had allowed Vietnam to go communist after World War II?"
“Corrupt politicians make the other ten percent look bad.”
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
– Henry Kissinger, 56th U.S. Secretary of State and 1973 Nobel Prize-Winner for Peace
Today Americans would be outraged if U.N. troops entered Los Angeles to
restore order; tomorrow they will be grateful. This is especially true if they
were told there was an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated,
that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world
will plead with world leaders to deliver them from this evil. The one thing
every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario, individual
rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well being
granted to them by their world government.
– Henry Kissinger
"It is an act of insanity and national humiliation to have a law prohibiting
the President from ordering assassination."
-- Henry Kissinger, In the minutes of a secret 1975 meeting of the National Security Council attended by President Ford - LOST CRUSADER: The Secret Wars of CIA Director William Colby, by John Prados, Oxford University Press, 2003.
"The US must carry out some act somewhere in the world which shows its determination to continue to be a world power."
-- Henry Kissinger, post-Vietnam blues, as quoted in The Washington Post, April 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."
-- Henry Kissinger, Secretary of State under Richard Nixon, about Chile prior to the CIA overthrow of the democratically elected government of socialist President Salvadore Allende in 1973 ('Communism' is just a pretext, see Communism)
"Covert action should not be confused with missionary work."
-- Henry Kissinger, commenting on the US sellout of the Kurds in Iraq in 1975