Fox does not mention Kagan’s relationship with Afghanistan commander Petraeus
January 29, 2014
During his State of the Union, Obama said he will end the decade-plus occupation of Afghanistan in 2014. This may be another one of Obama’s illusory promises – remember you can keep your doctor and closing down Gitmo? – but that didn’t stop a key neocon from climbing up on his hobby horse and demanding more tax money and American lives be flushed down a rat hole.
Frederick Kagan, a neocon darling at the pro-illegal war American Enterprise Institute think tank, told Fox News after Obama’s teleprompter recitation that leaving Afghanistan would amount to a victory for al-Qaeda.
But then we should expect Mr. Kagan to say this since the war in Afghanistan is one of his pet projects.
Back in December, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, writing for the Washington Post, examined the relationship between Kagan, his wife Kimberly, and David Petraeus back when he was the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.
“Although Fred Kagan said he and his wife wanted no pay in part to remain ‘completely independent,’ the extraordinary arrangement raises new questions about the access and influence Petraeus accorded to civilian friends while he was running the Afghan war,” Chandrasekaran writes.
“The four-star general made the Kagans de facto senior advisers, a status that afforded them numerous private meetings in his office, priority travel across the war zone and the ability to read highly secretive transcripts of intercepted Taliban communications, according to current and former senior U.S. military and civilian officials who served in the headquarters at the time.”
It should come as no surprise that the organization founded by Kagan’s wife, the Institute for the Study of War, is supported by the usual death merchants and warmongers, including General Dynamics, CACI, Northrop Grumman, and DynCorp, the company embroiled in a human trafficking and sex slavery scandal a few years back.
According to the institute’s 2011 annual report a number of neocons and recalcitrant warmongers serve on the ISW board of directors, including William Kristol and the daughter of the master of the dark side himself, Dick Cheney.
In short, despite paroxysms about the fallout of the CIA’s largest project to date in Afghanistan, Mr. Kagan and his wife have built their careers on the back of thousands of dead people.
Not that Fox would tell you that.