Why do republicans say military men are “dumb, stupid animals to be used” as pawns for foreign policy?
As one of Nixon’s closest advisers, and later as secretary of state, Kissinger ran foreign policy as a personal fiefdom. Bypassing Congress and sometimes Nixon himself, Kissinger used his power to spy on Americans and members of Congress, plotted military coups in Chile and Argentina, supported torture states, threatened to use nuclear weapons and bombed civilian populations in Laos and Cambodia.
Bush asked Kissinger, now a private consultant and powerful force in Washington, to lead the 9/11 commission.
During a private meeting with the 9/11 Family Steering Committee in 2002, Kissinger faced questions about his client list. He refused to say whether he worked for Saudi clients or anyone named bin Laden. Today, Kissinger remains a presidential adviser, helping Bush and Cheney devise Iraq strategy.
The quote is found in “Final Days,” a book by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Kissinger has never disputed it.