Kissinger, 1973

Monday, June 15, 2009

The year 1973 should have been Henry Kissinger's time of triumph. But it wasn’t. Fist came defeat in Vietnam, then Watergate and the president's resignation, war in the Middle East, and an economic collapse caused by the Arab oil embargo. Instead of progressing, as he had expected, Kissinger would confront some of the most critical policy challenges of his career. In Kissinger: 1973, The Crucial Year, Alistair Horne paints a portrait of a man, a country, and a presidency at a critical point.


Alistair Horne

Comments [13]

Ed Helmrich

Mr. Horne said that at the start of 1973 U.S. foreign affairs looked very good, and by the end of 1973 they looked terrible, in all areas. In January of 1973 the U.S. made abortion legal. Later that week, the U.S. signed the only surrender in its history. It's predictable that the year would have turned into a disaster, that the U.S. government was almost destroyed. Look what happened to N.Y. City in the middle 70s.

Jun. 15 2009 07:26 PM
Tommy Lynam from Woodcliff Lake, NJ

Kissinger should be next up in the docket at The Hague. He wins a peace prize, and hundreds of thousands of Cambodians suffered and died "secretly". No wonder the Bush administration sought advice from one of history's most notorious mass murderers, and make it all look like "in the interest of National Security".

Jun. 15 2009 02:19 PM
bruce from nyc

I will tell you what them Arabs are complaining about!
Israel went from 1973 war to invade Lebanon in 7 years.Occupied it for almost 20 years at a cost of 20,000 dead,mostly non combattants.This was done with massive use of US arms,mostly in violation of US law.Such has use of US made cluster bombs against Lebanese Civillians.
This was in the 1980's.Israel has attacked Lebanon many times since,and Gaza more recently.More dead,civillians.
Under the Bush Administration The US Taxpayer was even footing the bill for Israel's aviation fuel.An emergency supply of guided munitions had to also be shipped the the IDF as they were pummelling the Lebanese infastructure.All this taken out of The Pentgon's inventory.
US taxpayer still gets the bill!


Jun. 15 2009 01:59 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

Judges are also unelected adjudicants.

This man would been Lord Haw Haw in 1942.

Jun. 15 2009 01:58 PM

What about Kissinger-Nixon's scuttling of Vietnam peace talks late in the Johnson administration so that Nixon could beat Humphrey? To say nothing of the "secret peace plan" to prolong the war another six years, the illegal invasion of Cambodia, etc., etc. Just lock him up and Horne can add an addendum to the paperback addition.

Jun. 15 2009 01:57 PM
Hugh from Brookyn


So Kissinger is being taken down today only because he flew so high in the past?

No. Enough time has passed, and (thanks in no small measure to the internet) the crimes of Kissinger (and the hypocrisy of the likes of Horne) are vastly better known worldwide today.

The Center for Constitutional Rights, among others, continues to press the case against Kissinger around the world.

What is it about a certain class of Briton that makes them such fawning, grovelling admirers of the worst Americans -- Reagan, Kissinger, et al. -- all adored by the likes of Tony Blair, Alistair Horne, Christopher Hitchens, Martin Amis, . . .

Jun. 15 2009 01:53 PM
Jane from Brooklyn

Horn's reaction to the media's better-late-than-never scrutiny of Kissinger: "Ha ha ha." It's all just another part of the Great Game, eh? Love listening to deferential interviews with proud apologists for war criminals.

Jun. 15 2009 01:52 PM

imagine, 24 books by this right-wing shill masquerading as an historian!

Jun. 15 2009 01:51 PM
Peter from Sunset Park

Could you ask Mr. Horne about Kissinger’s role in the 1973 war? Kissinger is a war hero for his role in back channel cold war work.

Jun. 15 2009 01:50 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

So because Allende would not have been elected in the US, he wasn't elected democratically in Chile?

What nonsense. Bush wouldn't have been elected in any other industrialized democracy. He wasn't even elected here.

Horne's is exactly the kind of blinkered 'history' that makes a mockery of the work of genuine historians. Horne hides behind the claim of being a 'narrative historian' to further his own political claptrap.

Jun. 15 2009 01:48 PM
bruce from nyc

Great show Lenny,
Some talking points Lenny will not touch on regarding Kissinger,1973,and Yom Yippur War:
He was behind the Massive US airlift that saved Israel but cost the Ameriican TAX payer $1.1 Billion.He gave Israel Guaranteed Oil suppies with SiniaII agreements,again US foots bill.Because of Arab oil boycott which was in reprisal to airlift,the US had to build the strategic oil resreves at a cost ofhundreds of millions.He further facilitated large armaments to make Israel confident enough to invade and occupy Lebanon in 1980's leading to the creation of Hizbollah in resistance.This aid to Israel which amounted to *$1.3 trillion since that 1973 has cost the Amercan people in treasure and blood.

Source:*Christian Science Monitor.

Kalish's bud!!

Jun. 15 2009 01:37 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

So we have our answer -- Kissinger invited Horne. That certainly wouldn't have been done without a confidence on Kissinger's part that Horne (or Ferguson) would contribute to the sanitizing of Kissinger's record.

By the way, Kissinger lies expressly in his own memoirs, denying, among other things, the crimes he committed in southeast Asia.

Jun. 15 2009 01:27 PM
Hugh from Brookyn

Kissinger would also confront the charges he still faces today -- charges of war crimes.

There is probably no leading American figure who is a better candidate for a war crimes trial (though Bush, Cheney and Rice have done their best to match Kissinger).

Does Alistair Horne have the courage to raise this? Or does offer more of the same pablum of the kind Ted Koppel and others admire so much?

Jun. 15 2009 01:09 PM

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