Human rights

Henry Kissinger's Old-Fashioned Values


Did Henry Kissinger give Washington's stamp of approval to the Argentine junta's brutal dirty war of 1976–83? A newly declassified transcript of a 1976 meeting with Argentina's César Augusto Guzzetti includes these comments from the U.S. secretary of state: "Look, our basic attitude is that we would like you to succeed. I have an old-fashioned view that friends ought to be supported. What is not understood in the United States is that you have a civil war. We read about human rights problems but not the context. The quicker you succeed, the better."