Thursday, January 16, 2014
Kissinger’s role in Chile
Diplomatic memos indicate that Henry Kissinger played a decisive role in Chile to oust Socialist president Salvador Allende, who was elected in 1970. That same year, Kissinger proposed a covert action programme aimed at dividing and weakening Allende’s coalition, assisting media to speak out against the Socialist government and growing contacts with the military that in September 11, 1973 led to the military coup that caused thousands of deaths and disappearances. Five days after the coup, Kissinger phoned Nixon to talk about the US’ role: “We didn’t do it. We helped them.” The Secretary of State complained that newspapers were “bleeding because a pro-Communist government had been overthrown,” adding: “I mean, instead of celebrating — in the (Dwight) Eisenhower period we would have been heroes.” Eisenhower led the anti-Communist foreign policy of the 1950s.