Scathing Obituaries Of Henry Kissinger Don’t Mince Words About His Bloody Legacy

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‘Notorious war criminal.’

‘Grotesque war crimes.’

‘The blood of at least 3 million people on his hands.’

Obituaries published in the wake of a national statesperson’s death are usually measured, sober, neutral to a fault. But not in the case of Henry Kissinger, who died in Connecticut on November 29 at the age of 100.

In the past few hours, several outlets — such as the Intercept, Rolling Stone, HuffPost, and others — have published scathing obits of Kissinger, forcefully denouncing his deadly diplomatic legacy as both national security adviser (from 1969-75) and secretary of state (from 1973-77).

In those roles, Kissinger oversaw the United States’ foreign policy toward places like Vietnam, Cambodia, Bangladesh, East Timor, and Latin America. In each of those cases, U.S. policy directly or indirectly contributed to millions of deaths, countless atrocities, coups, death squads, and genocides.

‘Kissinger is indeed a monumental figure who shaped much of the past 50 years. He brokered the US opening to China and pursued detente with the Soviet Union during his stints as President Richard Nixon’s national security adviser and secretary of state,’ Mother Jones’ David Corn said shortly before Kissinger’s death. ‘Yet it is an insult to history that he is not equally known and regarded for his many acts of treachery—secret bombings, coup-plotting, supporting military juntas—that resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands.’