by Robert Parry
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," consortiumnews.com, 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?," antiwar.com, March 21, 2017]