Ford’s accolades forget one small point… the famous green light to murder 200,000 people.

Originally published 12/28/06:

Now the big story coming out is that Ford disagreed with Bush’s decision to go to war with Iraq.

No, Ford didn’t make a practice of invading nations and killing people.  Instead, he made it a practice at least once, in a very big way, to give the green light to proven mass murderers, to go into and invade a helpless nation and commit genocide.  I speak of course of his famous green light trip with Kissinger to Jakarta in December 1975, where he had the following conversation with Suharto:

(Thanks to for this tidbit).

Kissinger, not to be outdone, followed up with, “We understand your problem and the need to move quickly but I am only saying that it would be better if it were done after we returned.”  The dastardly deed was initiated barely after the plane back to D.C. left the ground.  Since that time, Indonesia terrorized the East Timorese and killed a quarter of the population of 800,000 people until sovereignity was returned to the East Timorese in 1999 after one last slaughter push by the Indonesians.

Of course, among the many honors of Ford, this story is strikingly absent.  One who does write about it is Chris Floyd:

He also posts this amazing photo:

Yes, that’s Rumsfeld and Cheney flanking him there with Rumsfeld as his Secretary of Defense and Cheney as the White House Chief of Staff.  Just makes you think… the same people have been in power for a long time in this country.


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