In 1968, Henry Kissinger successfully disrupted peace talks between the United States and North Vietnam, prolonging the war and needless loss of life in order to boost Richard Nixon’s chances of winning the presidential election. This is one of the many episodes during Kissinger’s tenure as a civil servant: a role in which he caused “immense suffering” and never paid for his sins, writes Greg Grandin.
Grandin’s feature—part of our latest cover package—looks back at Kissinger’s life and career on his 100th birthday, recounting some of his most infamous crimes and reminding us how little we actually know about Kissinger’s work in the private sector.
We now know a great deal about the crimes he committed while in office, from helping Nixon derail the Paris Peace Talks and prolong the Vietnam War to green-lighting the invasion of Cambodia and Pinochet’s coup in Chile. But we know little about his four decades with Kissinger Associates.
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