Why are we listening to Henry Kissinger anyway?

According to the Associated Press, Henry Kissinger told the BBC, “If you mean by ‘military victory’ an Iraqi government that can be established and whose writ runs across the whole country, that gets the civil war under control and sectarian violence under control in a time period that the political processes of the democracies will support, I don’t believe that is possible.”

He might be right. But the man known for introducing realpolitik to the Nixon White House was decidedly cynical in his support for U.S. crimes against humanity in southeast Asia. He supported the Indonesian invasion of East Timor and is wanted for questioning by officials in several countries for his role in war crimes in South America.

But for some reason, this war criminal has credibility meriting widespread coverage of his assessment of the situation in Iraq. Why?

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