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Pinochet and the U.S.

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There has been some recent buzzing about McCain’s 1985 visit with Chilean president Pinochet.  See, John Dinges’s report that broke the story.  Shady relations between the U.S. and Pinochet go a lot deeper than McCain’s visit.

At The National Security Archive, are some very interesting documents related to Pinochet.  The doc’s were declassified during the Clinton administration, as well as  audio of Nixon and White House press secretary, Ron Zeigler referring to Ambassador Edward Korry being given the “green light” to “do everything short of a Dominican Republic-type action” to prevent democratically elected Allende from assuming the presidency in Chile.

Included in the declassified texts are numerous comments from Henry Kissinger, in which he repeatedly insists on U.S. support for Pinochet despite awareness of severe human rights violations under the dictator’s regime.

Suspicions remain that the U.S. contributed in some fashion to the military coup which lead to president Allende’s death and Pinochet’s return to power as a brutal dictator.  Related documents remain classified.

Written by annnee

October 30, 2008 at 9:15 pm

How much change?

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The Iraq war has been a significant factor in this year’s election.  Obama has been happy to point out time and again that he was opposed to the Iraq invasion from the outset, but if his Senior Working Group on National Security is any indication of what an Obama administration will look like, there is a lot left unchanged.

See the following report by Pepe Escobar at The Real News Network.

The second installment to Pepe’s report can be seen here.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 29, 2008 at 1:19 am