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Did Henry Kissinger really say this about military men?

“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The sentence was reported in "The Final Days", Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein

    It was said by Kissinger in front of Alexander Haig, newly appointed White House chief of staff, in Haig new office in 1973

    I quote to you the sentences related: as you may notice the quote between brackets is "dumb, stupid animals to be used" that was never denied by Kissinger

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    In Haig's presence, Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as "dumb, stupid animals to be used" as pawns for foreign policy. Kissinger often took up a post outside the doorway to Haig's office and dressed him down in front of the secretaries for alleged acts of incompetence with which Haig was not even remotely involved. Once when the Air Force was authorized to resume bombing of North Vietnam, the planes did not fly on certain days because of bad weather. Kissinger assailed Haig. He complained bitterly that the generals had been screamin for the limits to be taken off but that now their pilots were afraid to go up in a little fog. The country needed generals who could win battles, Kissinger said, not good briefers like Haig.

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    On another occasion, when Haig was leaving for a trip to Cambodia to meet with Premier Lon Nol, Kissinger escorted him to a staff car, where reporters and a retinue of aides waited. As Haig bent to get into the automobile, Kissinger stopped him and began polishing the single star on his shoulder. "Al, if you're a good boy, I'll get you another one," he said.

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    Source(s): Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein The Final Days second Touchstone paperback edition (1994) Chapter 14, pp. 194-195
    • Rwigram4 years agoReport

      Not to mention only "dumb, stupid animals to be used" is in quotes.

  • belvin
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Henry Kissinger Quotes

  • 5 years ago

    Kissinger gloated about overthrowing democracy in Chile. However, Bob Woodward was a Mockingbird agent from the CIA's Clandestine Services Department. He was planted in the Washington Post for the purpose of concocting propaganda stories to turn the public against Nixon so they could replace him with Ford who played ball with their agenda by covering up the Kennedy coup in 1963. Ford omitted information from the Warren Report about the Mauser 7.65mm rifle being found on the 6th floor, and he doctored the autopsy report about the location of the back wound to make the Magic Bullet Theory somewhat believable to the public. Woodward can not be trusted based upon his motives, therefore we need a separate source to confirm if power-hungry Kissinger actually said this.

  • 6 years ago

    Never join the military.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Henry Kissinger Served as an U.S.Army Sergeant in World War II. He served as a German Interpreter in the 970th Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC)Detachment. He was considered Legendary for his ability to smoke out Gestapo Agents in Post war Germany, resulting in their arrest & Trial, so the "Fascist" claim is dubious by some uninformed. so My answer would entail more detail about the Context this was said in, what was it, when was it, where is the source? Frankly how is it different than Madeleine Albrights Comment to Colin Powell in 1993 "What’s the point of having this superb military you’re always talking about, if we can’t use it?" Both on their face seem callous when taken out of context.

  • 5 years ago

    To Quote a few American ----" I quote to you the sentences related: as you may notice the quote between brackets is "dumb, stupid animals to be used" that was never denied by Kissinger !!!

    Presidents.... "We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans."

    - Bill Clinton, USA Today on 3/11/93, page 2a

    “It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.”

    - Henry Ford

    (911) Inside job.com

    • The only evidence Kissinger ever said such a thing was a claim by Woodward & Bernstein (who hated Kissinger), that another of Kissinger's political enemies, Alexander Haig, had told someone unnamed that Kissinger said it. As Kirkus Reviews noted, "none of it is substantiated in any assessable way."

  • June F
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    It is attributed to him in Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein's book The Final Days.

    • The only evidence Kissinger ever said it was a dubious claim by Woodward & Bernstein (who hated Kissinger), that another of Kissinger's political enemies, Alexander Haig, had told someone unnamed that Kissinger said it. As Kirkus Reviews noted, "none of it is substantiated in any assessable way."

  • 6 years ago

    well well but i am the cold war us army usmc 1979+1982 volunteer who shook gods hand 1986 thus was the real reason ww3

    cold war ended and all govts pay each month automatically, ie tommorrow 1 march 2014

  • 4 years ago

    He was a US serviceman in WW2 so its hard to imagine him saying that.

  • hamic
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    Dumb Animals

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