is a Joke – Right?
by Michael I. Niman ArtVoice
It’s been a few weeks since I heard rumor of George W. Bush’s appointment of Henry Kissinger, the Butcher of Cambodia, to head up the “independent” investigation of the 9/11 attacks. The word first came to me in an email. What kind of silliness is this? I wondered. I ran it through snopes.com to check on the origins of what I took for granted to be an incubating urban myth. But it came up clean. An hour later, NPR News reported the same story. It turns it was real. The ol’ smirking chimp got me again – his arrogance knows no bounds.
Maybe my lead here should have read something more like
this: Imagine Klaus Barbie, the Nazi
“Butcher of Lyon,” appointed as a judge at the
I’m not saying Kissinger isn’t qualified.
When it comes to terrorism, there are few folks with a deeper
understanding of the subject than Henry. As
National Security Affairs Advisor under Nixon, and Secretary of State in the
Nixon and Ford administrations, Kissinger oversaw a covert
Kissinger also has a good understanding of government inquiries and commissions, having been interrogated by a few of them – the most notable of which was the Church Commission, where government documents subsequently released showed that Kissinger lied about U.S. covert actions in Chile.
But this first hand knowledge doesn’t come without a
downside. The 9/11 investigation, by
its very nature, must be international in scope.
This could pose a problem for Henry, whose legal problems around the
world limit which countries he can travel to.
While Kissinger is charged with investigating the terrorist
attacks that took place on
Kissinger also has a good understanding of foreign attacks
Presumably a 9/11 investigation will involve intense perusal of government records, including old State Department documents. Again, Kissinger is uniquely placed to accomplish this task. He can start looking in his own basement, since he lifted a few truckloads of potentially incriminating documents from the State Department at the end of his tenure as Secretary of State.
These documents, along with material from the Reagan/Bushdaddy White House, have the potential to shed a thousand points of light on international terrorism. The Reagan/Bushdaddy papers were scheduled for public release this year, but their release was illegally blocked by Bushdaddy’s loyal yearling, who no doubt feared a further soiling of the family’s foul name. These papers are pivotal in any investigation of 9/11, since they document the roles of the Carter, Reagan and Bush Sr. White Houses in creating, funding, arming and training al Qaida. Of course, since we’re in a “state of war,” led by the same, now geriatric, band of clowns who ran the Reagan White House, the study of history has suddenly become off limits. And with Junior now packing the judiciary with reactionaries who hold an outspoken distain for American values, notions of legality and illegality will continue to be moot points around the White House.
Like the millions of nearly bankrupt Americans who are
spending themselves silly this holiday season, the Bush administration, like a
band of reckless crackheads, prefers to live only in the present moment.
There is no history we must atone for, nor is there a future we have to
responsibly prepare for. Kissinger,
probably more so than anyone else involved with this administration, would be
thrilled if we forgot about the past. It
would mean we’d forget about the illegal carpet-bombing of
Over the course of three years, the U.S. dropped over
100,000 tons of bombs on Cambodia alone, killing an unknown number of people and
making over two million Cambodians homeless.
Four of Kissinger’s top Republican aids quit in protest, with Kissinger
branded them as “representing the cowardice of the Eastern Establishment,”
the same crew that ironically produced the Bush dynasty.
As the war wound down, Nixon’s ambassador to
Grotesque as the Cambodian slaughter was, it was rivaled by
the 1975 Indonesian invasion of the former Portuguese colony of
Kissinger’s bloody hands were also instrumental in
orchestrating the carnage in
Few despots in recent history have had a reign as long and
as bloody as Henry Kissinger’s. When
he left government work, where his primary function was to serve the global
interests of American multinational corporations, he started his own consulting
firm, working directly for those corporations, advising their global strategies.
Critics believe that this work ties Kissinger to a number of
organizations with connections to
This is where the current controversy has stalled.
Critics such as Madeleine Albright, a butcher in her own right, are
calling for Kissinger to make his client list public.
But gross conflicts of interest are standard fare in the Bush White
House. His V.P. is the former CEO of
a company with oil construction contracts in
The audacity of the Bush crew in reviving this devil from the ashbin of history is beyond comprehension.
And then there’s Poindexter.
Dr. Michael I. Niman’s previous columns and articles
are archived at http://mediastudy.com.
The best single source of well-documented facts about
Return to mediastudy.com