The More Things* Change the More They Stay the Same

Sometimes reality is more ludicrous than fiction.

In “Kissinger Meets With Kerry on Chilean Coup’s 40-Year Mark,” Democracy Now! writes (emphasis mine)

As Chileans marked the 40th anniversary of their 9/11, the leading U.S. official involved in the 1973 U.S.-backed coup, Henry Kissinger, was in Washington meeting with Secretary of State John Kerry. The State Department says Kissinger was summoned for his expertise on Russia before Kerry’s meeting today on Syria with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. As then-National Security Adviser, Kissinger oversaw the Nixon administration’s backing of the Chilean military’s ouster of Allende and subsequent mass killings and torture to cement its rule.

And Chile is only the beginning of the unmitigated evil (I avoid that term like the plague, but it is absolutely appropriate here) Kissinger has been responsible for orchestrating. Thanks to WikiLeaks, we now know Kissinger’s (and Washington’s) modus operandi, which he brazenly explicated in 1975:

Before the Freedom of Information Act, I used to say at meetings, “The illegal we do immediately; the unconstitutional takes a little longer.” [laughter] But since the Freedom of Information Act, I’m afraid to say things like that.

Kissinger met regularly with Bush and Cheney to “advise” them on Iraq. There were no attempts at all to disguise this. In fact, Kissinger “is almost like a member of the family.”

Cheney stunned Woodward by revealing that a frequent advisor to the Bush White House is former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who served Presidents Nixon and Ford during the Vietnam War.

“He’s back,” Woodward says. “In fact, Henry Kissinger is almost like a member of the family. If he’s in town, he can call up and if the president’s free, he’ll see him.

Woodward recorded his on-the-record interview with Cheney, and here’s what the vice president said about Henry Kissinger’s clout: “Of the outside people that I talk to in this job I probably talk to Henry Kissinger more than just about anybody else. He just comes by and I guess at least once a month,” Cheney tells Woodward. “I sit down with him.”

Asked whether the president also meets with Kissinger, Cheney told Woodward, “Yes. Absolutely.”

The vice president also acknowledged that President Bush is a big fan of Kissinger.

“Now, what’s Kissinger’s advice? In Iraq, he declared very simply:
‘Victory is the only meaningful exit strategy.’ This is so fascinating. Kissinger’s fighting the Vietnam War again. Because in his view the problem in Vietnam was we lost our will. That we didn’t stick to it,” Woodward says.

He says Kissinger is telling the president to stick to it, stay the course. “It’s right out of the Kissinger playbook,” Woodward says.

And Woodward says that no matter what has occurred in Iraq, Mr. Bush does not welcome any pessimistic assessments from his aides, because he’s sure that his war has Iraq and America on the right path.

Kissinger has also “helped” Obama “deal with” Iran in the past few years as well.

As it is said, “The more things* change, the more they stay the same.”


*”Things” meaning capitalism.