The Critical 'I'

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Wednesday, April 16, 2003

I realize that Colin Powell is supposed to be the counterbalancing Cabinet influence in the right-wing Bush administration, but this is almost too funny. The Secretary of State today pretty much admitted that the U.S. was behind the 1973 military coup in Chile, at the same exact time when the U.S. government is trying to convince a court of law that it wasn't responsible.

Why do I get the feeling that Powell's days are now numbered? If Bush wins another term, I'm thinking a new Secretary of State comes in.

As for the argument by Kissinger and his crony that Washington didn't take down the Socialist Allende government and set up 20 years of a brutal Pinochet dictatorship--get real. The whole world knew the CIA was in on it back when it happened. The attempt at revisionism is pretty weak.

I can't fault Kissinger for trying his best to save his hide, though. The Chileans haven't forgotten the hell the Pinochet era was, and are still dishing out justice decades after the crimes were committed.

Even the ex-general himself is in a sorry state these days. Thanks to Pinochet's arrest in 1998 while in Europe, I've heard that Kissinger himself has now given up travelling outside the United States, for fear that he'll be nabbed and brought up before either Chile's courts or the International Court of Justice. I guess some checks come due no matter how big the interval of time.