March 15, 2017

The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow

Putin's interference in thwarting the neocons' dream of a Syrian 'regime change' war moved Putin to the top of their enemies' list

by Robert Parry

The Kagan family, America's neoconservative aristocracy, has reemerged having recovered from the letdown over not gaining its expected influence from the election of Hillary Clinton and from its loss of official power at the start of the Trump presidency. . . .

Neoconservative pundit Robert Kagan and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, run a remarkable family business: she has sparked a hot war in Ukraine and helped launch Cold War II with Russia and he steps in to demand that Congress jack up military spending so America can meet these new security threats.

This extraordinary husband-and-wife duo makes quite a one-two punch for the Military-Industrial Complex, an inside-outside team that creates the need for more military spending, applies political pressure to ensure higher appropriations, and watches as thankful weapons manufacturers lavish grants on like-minded hawkish Washington think tanks.

Not only does the broader community of neoconservatives stand to benefit but so do other members of the Kagan clan, including Robert's brother Frederick at the American Enterprise Institute and his wife Kimberly, who runs her own shop called the Institute for the Study of War. . . .

The neocons were tossed a lifeline by Democrats and liberals who detested Trump so much that they were happy to pick up Nuland's fallen banner of the New Cold War with Russia. As part of a dubious scheme to drive Trump from office, Democrats and liberals hyped evidence-free allegations that Russia had colluded with Trump's team to rig the U.S. election. . . .

Family Kagan has charted the course of action -- batter Republicans into joining the all-out Russia-bashing and then persuade a softened Trump to launch a full-scale invasion of Syria. . . .


Investigative reporter Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories for The Associated Press and Newsweek in the 1980s. He is the author of America's Stolen Narrative and the editor of Consortium News.

"ISIS Created by Qatar, Saudis, U.S.," The Wisdom Fund, September 24, 2014

"Chaos as Strategy - The Neocon Plan for War and More War," The Wisdom Fund, November 14, 2014

[Victoria Nuland and Robert Kagan have a great mom-and-pop business going. From the State Department, she generates wars and from op-ed pages he demands Congress buy more weapons. There's a pay-off, too, as grateful military contractors kick in money to think tanks where other Kagans work--Robert Parry, "A Family Business of Perpetual War,", March 20, 2015]

"Russia Strikes Syrian Rebel Groups Armed by U.S.," The Wisdom Fund, September 30, 2015

"Getting Fooled on Iraq, Libya, Now Russia," The Wisdom Fund, September 14, 2016

[Trump: "There are a lot of killers. We have a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?"--William Blum, "The United States and the Russian Devil: 1917-2017," CounterPunch, March 8, 2017]

[James Comey did confirm that his FBI has found nothing to support President Trump's tweet that President Obama ordered him wiretapped. . . .

Former Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper has said that, as of his departure day, Jan. 20, he had seen no evidence of a Russia-Trump collusion.--Patrick J. Buchanan, "Will Russiagate Backfire on the Left?,", March 21, 2017]

[First, Trump seeks Moscow's cooperation on global issues; second, he believes that Washington shares the blame for soured relations; and third, he acknowledges "the right of all nations to put their own interests first," adding that the United States does "not seek to impose our way of life on anyone."--Robert David English, "Russia, Trump, and a New Detente,", March 10, 2017]

[Steele, who had worked for Britain's MI-6 in Russia, said he tapped into ex-colleagues and unnamed sources inside Russia, including leadership figures in the Kremlin, to piece together a series of sensational reports that became the basis of the current congressional and FBI investigations into Trump's alleged ties to Moscow.--Robert Parry, "The Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate,", March 29, 2017]

[The United States has provided Israel with $233.7 billion in adjusted for inflation aid between 1948 through the end of 2012--Philip Giraldi, "The True Cost of Israel,", April 12, 2017]

[the open secret of Israeli influence is studiously ignored, even as presidential candidates prostrate themselves before the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. . . .

Congress is no different. It has given Israel's controversial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a record-tying three invitations to address joint sessions of Congress--Robert Parry, "Why Not a Probe of 'Israel-gate'?,", April 20, 2017]

Jim Lobe, "Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?,", April 19, 2017

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