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Pentagon Gives Henry Kissinger Distinguished Public Service Award

HeadlineMay 11, 2016

And Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has presented former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger with the Distinguished Public Service Award, the Pentagon’s highest award for private citizens. Writing in The Nation magazine, author Greg Grandin said: “Carter himself deserves an award for understatement, calling the man who is responsible, directly or indirectly, for the deaths of millions of people in Southeast Asia, East Timor, Bangladesh, and southern Africa, among other places—’unique in the annals of American diplomacy.’” Kissinger has been drawn into the 2016 election after Hillary Clinton praised Kissinger, while Bernie Sanders blasted his role in the U.S. bombing of Cambodia and the U.S.-backed coup against Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973.

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