Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State and an advisor to 12 of our Presidents, died on November 29, 2023 at the age 100. Among other accolades, he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his diplomacy in ending the war and in Vietnam and was credited for being the person responsible for opening Mao’s China to the US and the world. But Kissinger was not only celebrated, he was also reviled.
On today’s show we revisit New Mexico People Place and Ideas’ host Stephen Spitz’s interview with author Christopher Hitchens. In his book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Hitchens outlines atrocities authorized by Kissinger in Indochina, Bangladesh, Chile, and East Timor, “including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture.” All this was done in the name of US policy, but did it ultimately benefit the US? Hitchens will give his take.
Produced with the assistance of Lynn Schibeci, Gus Tofoya, and Roman Garcia.