The former secretary of state to presidents Nixon and Ford -- and mentor to Hillary Clinton -- is the subject of a report in The Guardian about his undying love for Argentina's murdering generals.
According to documents recently unearthed by The Guardian, Kissinger's encouragement went to so far as to hinder attempts by the subsequent Carter Administration to end the killings:
Carter officials were infuriated by Kissinger’s attendance at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina as the personal guest of dictator Jorge Videla, the general who oversaw the forced disappearance of up to 30,000 opponents of the military regime.
At the time, Kissinger was no longer in office after Carter defeated Gerald Ford in the 1976 presidential election, but the documents reveal that US diplomats feared his praise for Argentina’s crackdown would encourage further bloodshed.
The Guardian also reveals the generals' virulent antisemitism. For some reason they believed that Carter's national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was Jewish -- and they refused to drop this belief no matter what. The generals had kidnapped Jewish newspaper publisher Jacobo Timerman, who underwent torture for his support of human rights.
The Guardian cites NSC staffer Robert Pastor's cables:
“Much of the Argentine military believe that a world-wide Jewish conspiracy is at the heart of the terrorist problem in Argentina, and that you (Brzezinski) are at the head of that conspiracy”.
Timmerman told his torturers that that Brzezinski was Catholic, but they refused to believe it, Pastor wrote Brzezinski:
“They ‘know’ you are Jewish because they studied the New York City phone book and found that a number of ‘Brzezinskis’ had Jewish first names!”
Kissinger is Jewish, but antisemitism never seemed to bother him.
But it came in handy when trying to fend off those who tried to bring him to justice.
He once viciously attacked the late Christopher Hitchens, author of a book calling for Kissinger to be tried for war crimes.
At one point (during a response to Hitchens in an interview with Robert MacNeil), Kissinger even called Hitchens a Holocaust denier, which is absolutely untrue.
In fact, according to Hitchens, Kissinger was later forced to apologize. Kissinger's desperate attempt to smear Hitchens suggests the war-criminal accusation was hitting home.
Things, however, are looking up for Kissinger.
Seems that Hillary Clinton is a big fan.