Kissinger's Useful Idiot Bush Now Finds
Himself Alone and Friendless
By Bill Gallagher
04/10/07 "Niagara Falls Reporter" --- -- DETROIT -- King
Rat, Henry Kissinger, is leaving the USS Shrub to save face. His
departure underlines the willingness of President George W. Bush
and Vice President Dick Cheney to continue sending young
Americans to die in a venture they know has failed. Kissinger is
an expert in that area.
Kissinger -- who helped chart the course for the disaster in
Iraq -- is only abandoning ship in a desperate attempt to try to
spare his already permanently stained reputation more disgrace.
Kissinger kept the war in Vietnam going and sent more Americans
to their deaths for political purposes.
Kissinger is pure cynicism. Amorality is his code. He has no
soul. Thus, he always feels comfortable in the company of Bush
and Cheney, whispering into their ears his perverted wisdom.
We learned from Bob Woodward's "State of Denial" that Kissinger
made frequent trips to the White House to urge the invasion of
Iraq and bolster Bush's reckless instincts. Bush was an easy
mark for the clever and treacherous Dr. Kissinger.
Kissinger, a shameless flatterer of the powerful, would tell
Bush how courageous he was and how his boldness and aggression
would change history. It is easy to imagine Kissinger in his
thick German accent telling Bush, "Mr. President, the world will
be forever grateful to you. To go to war without direct
provocation takes courage. Your leadership is imperative to
protect America's strategic position in the Middle East. It has
been an inspiration to see your fortitude in adversity and your
willingness to walk alone." (Kissinger actually used that last
line on President Nixon.)
Bush would lap up Kissinger's sycophantic performance, beaming
as he heard the approbation of his virtue, and enjoying the
blessing of the great Kissinger as he set out on the invasion
and occupation of Iraq.
"I'm glad you're on board, Henry," you can hear Bush twang. "Our
country is grateful for your service."
Kissinger has raked in millions of dollars helping shift
American jobs to China and other nations on his client list. But
power, not money, is Kissinger's aphrodisiac. The former
secretary of state and national security adviser during the
Nixon and Ford administrations has a colossal ego and relished
his return to influence in the Oval Office. Wiser presidents
kept Kissinger far away.
When the war sputtered and the fiasco in Iraq began unfolding,
Woodward reports Kissinger told Bush and Cheney, "Victory is the
only meaningful exit strategy."
Woodward said in an interview on CBS-TV's "60 Minutes," "This is
so fascinating. Kissinger's fighting the Vietnam War again,
because, in his view, the problem in Vietnam was we lost our
It never seemed to bother Kissinger that millions of Vietnamese,
Cambodians and more than 50,000 Americans lost their lives. In
his view, what was important was trying out his grand theories
and manipulating Nixon to support his experiments.
Kissinger's fondness for force as the principal tool in foreign
policy was played out in Vietnam and now Iraq. And old Henry
didn't mind having murder in his repertoire of diplomatic
In 1973, Kissinger plotted to oust Chile's elected leftist
president Salvador Allende. In the process, Kissinger ordered
the CIA to assassinate a Chilean army general he believed might
oppose the coup. Allende and 3,197 Chileans died in the
overthrow, a death toll remarkably close to the number killed in
the Sept. 11 attacks.
But bloodshed never bothered Kissinger. His friend Augusto
Pinochet was placed in power as dictator of Chile and carried
out a two-decade long reign of terror, torture and murder.
Kissinger is a repeat-offender war criminal. Vietnam, Cambodia,
Chile and now Iraq top his rap sheet and represent only the tip
of his treachery.
The timing of the always-cunning Kissinger's departure is
telling. He hedged his bets until he heard the dirge of the
surge and then abandoned ship. A new "meaningful exit strategy"
will now do.
Kissinger told the Associated Press, "A 'military victory' in
the sense of total control over the whole territory, imposed on
the entire population, is not possible."
The nature of the insurgency in Iraq and the religious divisions
between Sunnis and Shiites makes negotiating a peace more
complex, Kissinger said.
No kidding, Henry. Either you didn't know that before urging the
invasion, or you did and failed to caution your buddies in the
White House. Or maybe you and your arrogant allies figured we
could slap the Arabs around, and they would just roll over, and
all your pals would make a lot of money.
L. Paul Bremer -- the disastrous American viceroy in Iraq who
dismantled the Iraqi army, planted the seeds for the insurgency
and watched billions of dollars disappear -- was a Kissinger
Iraq is a "more complicated problem" than Vietnam, Kissinger
admitted, adding, "I am basically sympathetic to President Bush.
I am partly sympathetic because I have seen comparable
Note that Kissinger's sympathy is for Bush, not the hundreds of
thousands of Iraqis and thousands of Americans killed in the
That's typical of Kissinger, and we are now getting a new window
into his sick mind. Robert Dallek's new book "Nixon and
Kissinger: Partners in Power" is excerpted in the May issue of
"Vanity Fair" magazine.
Dallek spent four years sifting through the Nixon
administration's recently opened archives, which include 20,000
pages of verbatim transcripts of Kissinger's phone
conversations. He had his aides listen in on his phone calls and
write down every word. Of course, Kissinger never thought the
conversations would be made public -- but thanks to Dallek, they
We learn that Nixon, disturbed as he was, considered Kissinger
"psychopathic" and told his aide John Ehrlichman that Dr. K.
"might need psychiatric help."
Nixon's chief of staff H.R. Haldeman kept a diary, which
included a directive from Nixon that he make an "extensive
memoranda about K's mental processes and so on, for his file."
"In Saigon the tendency is to fight the war to victory," Nixon
told Kissinger, according to the transcript of a 1969 phone
conversation. "But you and I know it is impossible."
But in Haldeman's unpublished diaries, Nixon is urging that
Democratic war critics making the same point should be branded
"the party of surrender."
Kissinger had no qualms playing politics with war. When someone
suggested the war could cost Nixon the 1972 election, Kissinger
boasted he could take care of matters because "anytime we want
to get out of Vietnam, we can." Kissinger viewed war through the
political calendar and advocated leaving Vietnam in the fall of
1972, "so that if any bad results follow, they will be too late
to affect the election."
Dallek sees the ruthlessness of Kissinger's maneuvers: "He
apparently had nothing to say about American lives that would be
lost by deliberately prolonging the war."
Bush's dream that Iraq could be shaped into an imposed,
western-style democracy, welcoming permanent American military
bases and friendly to U.S. economic interests in the region, is
But Bush and Cheney are willing to manufacture reality and let
more people die for their dream. Whatever the ultimate outcome
in Iraq, they know their beloved military contractors will make
billions more -- and that's a good enough reason for them to
keep the war going. Kissinger admires such cynicism.
His assessment of Nixon's UN ambassador was low. Kissinger
dismissed George H.W. Bush, calling him "an idiot." Kissinger
prefers the more malleable and machismo current president. The
elder Bush would never buy into Kissinger's violent schemes or
say, "Bring 'em on."
In 1999, George H.W. Bush told a gathering of veterans of the
Gulf War why he didn't just march into Baghdad after driving
Iraqi forces from Kuwait. He said, "Had we gone into Baghdad --
we could have done it, you guys could have done it, you could
have been there in 48 hours -- and then what?"
Kissinger and the other warmongers George W. Bush sought for
counsel before invading Iraq brushed off the "then what?"
question. They were too busy plotting their next bellicose
George H.W. Bush's conscience made him consider the consequences
of seizing Iraq: "Whose life would be in my hands as commander
in chief because I unilaterally went beyond international law,
went beyond the stated mission and said we're going to show our
"We're going to be an occupying power -- America in an Arab land
-- with no allies at our side. It would be disastrous."
Kissinger's "idiot" Bush had a grasp on reality. The delusional
dunce Bush he admires doesn't.
Bill Gallagher, a Peabody Award winner, is a former Niagara
Falls city councilman who now covers Detroit for Fox2 News. His
e-mail address is
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