Internet Meme: Falsified Quote: “Military men are just dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy.”- Mis-attributed? to Henry Kissinger
“Military men are just
dumb, stupid animals to be used
as pawns in foreign policy.”
— Henry Kissinger* (via farhaaan)
* winner of a Nobel Peace Prize**
Unfortunately this is pretty much a falsified quote. Thank goodness note count is small.
The exact (falsified) sentence is found in “Kiss the Boys Goodbye: How the United States Betrayed Its Own POWS in Vietnam”, published September 1990 - by Monika Jensen-Stevenson and William Stevenson.
One of the author - Monika JS - committed much major case of falsification in 1997 - with her book "Spite House" about POW/MIA. There she faked her claim about the credibility of information source she depended on for her book. The case went to court and she admitted she entirely faked her claim. See this: “Author Admits “Spite House” Lies.]
And clearly she falsified about Kissinger too - and then it’s now all over the internet.
Then quoted sentence is based on - pp.194 of “The Final Days” - published in 1976, by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.
Google Books has it and you can check the context. The situation is all and only about non-stop working situation both Kissinger and (Alexander) Haig - both with military background - had in the White House.
And it reads Kissinger even didn’t say that whole sentence. (Check the image below)
Kissinger - and Haig both have military background. Kissinger worked as an intelligence/translation officer in European front.
Kissinger saw combat with the division, and volunteered for hazardous intelligence duties during the Battle of the Bulge.
Alexander Haig was more of a typical career officer. Kept working in office, dealing with information.
And if you look at the book’s page - it’s like this: