"The illegal we can do
right now; the unconstitutional will take a little longer."
"It is firm and continuing
policy that [the democratically elected government of] Allende
be overthrown by a coup.... We are to continue to generate maximum
pressure toward this end utilizing every appropriate resource.
It is imperative that these actions be implemented clandestinely
and securely so that the USG [United States Government] and American
hands be well hidden."
October 1970 cable to CIA operatives
in Chile from Henry Kissinger's "Track Two" group
" Why should we flagellate
ourselves for what the Cambodians did to each other?"
Henry Kissinger, about the genocide
in Cambodia perpetrated by the U.S.-supported Pol Pot regime
"The issues are much too
important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves."
"I don't see why we need
to stand by and watch a country go communist due to the irresponsibility
of its people."
Henry Kissinger commenting on
Chile, prior to Augusto Pinochet's U.S.-supported / CIA-facilitated
military coup against Chile's democratically-elected President
" Not a nut or bolt shall
reach Chile under Allende. Once Allende comes to power we shall
do all within our power to condemn Chile and all Chileans to utmost
deprivation and poverty..."
U.S. Ambassador to Chile, three
years before the US-supported coup against Chile's elected President
International War Crimes