The magnificence of the United States is by defintion. Therefore, the doctrinal system will make sure this will never enter history.
Excerpts from War Crimes and Imperial Fantasies
Noam Chomsky interviewed by David Barsamian
On May 27, the New York Times published one of the most incredible sentences Iâ€™ve ever seen. They ran an article about the Nixon-Kissinger interchanges. Kissinger fought very hard through the courts to try to prevent it, but the courts permitted it. You read through it, and you see the following statement embedded in it. Nixon at one point informs Kissinger, his right-hand Eichmann, that he wanted bombing of Cambodia. "I want them to hit everything," he said. And Kissinger loyally transmits the order to the Pentagon to carry out "a massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. Anything that flies on anything that moves." That is the most explicit call for what we call genocide when other people do it that Iâ€™ve ever seen in the historical record.
Right at this moment there is a prosecution of Milosevic going on in the international tribunal, and the prosecutors are kind of hampered because they cant find direct orders, or a direct connection even, linking Milosevic to any atrocities on the ground. Suppose they found a statement like this. Suppose a document came out from Milosevic saying, "Reduce Kosovo to rubble. Anything that flies on anything that moves." They would be overjoyed. The trial would be over. He would be sent away for multiple life sentencesâ€“if it was a U.S. trial, immediately the electric chair. But they canâ€™t find any such document.
Was there any reaction to the Nixon-Kissinger transcript? Did anybody (the New York Times) notice it? Did anybody comment on it? Actually, Iâ€™ve brought it up in talks a number of times, and Iâ€™ve noticed that people donâ€™t understand it. They understand it the minute I say it, but not five minutes later, because itâ€™s just too unacceptable. We cannot be people who openly and publicly call for genocide and then carry it out. That canâ€™t be. So therefore, it didnâ€™t happen. And therefore, it doesnâ€™t even have to be wiped out of history, because it will never enter history.
Kissinger Tapes Describe Crises, War and Stark Photos of Abuse
By ELIZABETH BECKER
Published: May 27, 2004
He became especially angry on Dec. 9, 1970, with what he considered the lackluster bombing campaign by the United States Air Force against targets in Cambodia.
''They're not only not imaginative but they are just running these things -- bombing jungles,'' Nixon said. ''They have got to go in there and I mean really go in.''
Mr. Kissinger then cautioned: ''The Air Force is designed to fight an air battle against the Soviet Union. They are not designed for this war.''
But the president persisted, suggesting that the bombing campaign could be disguised as an airlift of supplies.
''I want them to hit everything,'' he said. ''I want them to use the big planes, the small planes, everything they can that will help out there, and let's start giving them a little shock.''
He ended by saying, ''Right now there is a chance to win this goddamn war, and that's probably what we are going to have to do because we are not going to do anything at the conference table.''
Mr. Kissinger immediately relayed the order: ''A massive bombing campaign in Cambodia. Anything that flies on anything that moves.''