THE SENATE should not confirm Henry A. Kissinger '50 as Secretary of State. A man who secretly wiretapped his subordinates, lied to Congress and the American people about wiretapping and the bombing of Cambodia, and who helped formulate the policies that led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Indochinese people must not be entrusted with the further conduct of this country's foreign policy.
Nixon and Kissinger took office in 1969 with an implicit electoral mandate for peace. Instead of ending the war as they had promised they continued it for four more long hard years, doubling American casualties, murdering hundreds of thousands more with bombs and napalm, devastating previously untouched areas of Indochina, gaining nothing -- even by their own perverted logic -- by the prolongation of the agony.
To mask their deceptions, Nixon and Kissinger lied to the American people. They lied about the one and one-half year secret bombing of Cambodia. They lied about the reasons for the 1970 invasion of that country -- and they lied when they said the just-ended bombing of Cambodia was intended to stop a North Vietnamese invasion, when in fact it was directed against the indigenous Khmer Rouge.
The blood of dead and homeless Indochinese is on Kissinger's hands. He has no place anywhere in the United States government.