I see Fred Kagan has sidled out of his spiderhole

They keep coming, with their new push toward Baghdad. And I’ve only got so much time outside of working and sleeping. It’s like playing a game of whack-a-mole, only substituting the balding heads of the former Masters of the Universe.

That alternative is to act boldly and decisively to help stop the advance of the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—without empowering Iran…This would mean aiming at the expulsion of foreign fighters, both al Qaeda terrorists and Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah regular and special forces, from Iraq.

This would require a willingness to send American forces back to Iraq. It would mean not merely conducting U.S. air strikes, but also accompanying those strikes with special operators, and perhaps regular U.S. military units, on the ground.

Fred Kagan wants full-blown War in Iraq number three: This Time We’re Serious. Just who is this lunatic?

You don’t remember? He was one of the most trusted think-tankers in George W. Bush’s foreign policy orbit. He was a founder of the Neo-Con fantasy cabal Project for the New American Century. All they wanted to do was re-shape the entire planet to suit our superpower whimsies. The PNAC heavies were like the writing staff for Imperial Eye for the Commander Guy.

In its “Preface”, in highlighted boxes, Rebuilding America’s Defenses states that it aims to:


• defend the American homeland;
• fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars;
• perform the “constabulary” duties associated with shaping the security environment in critical regions;
• transform U.S. forces to exploit the “revolution in military affairs”;

In case you were skimming, PNAC’s second goal there for the American military was ‘fight and decisively win multiple, simultaneous major theater wars.’ That’s everything you need to know about Fred Kagan, even today.

Now you’re up to date, so you won’t be surprised to read this:

ISIS will likely be able to disrupt the flow of oil from northern Iraq into Turkey with the gains it has already made – and has demonstrated its ability to conduct large-scale and well-coordinated attacks into southern Iraq, potentially threatening the oil fields there.

And so, the current impending defeat is much worse than the one we accepted so blithely in 1975.

Fred Kagan himself would never have gone to war in Vietnam – heavens! – because there were no economic interests in play. What do you think he is, an animal? And tell me, who loves above all else the politics of mutual respect, not to mention Chinese Communism? [Fred: Me! I do!]

This war won’t end with U.S. personnel escaping from the embassy roof (although that might happen as well). There is, in fact, no end in sight for this war now, especially if we allow Iraq to go down. A policy of retreat and abandonment remains as it has always been the fastest road to endless war.

And there you have the perfect Kagan send-off. You know what the root cause of infinity war is? It’s the lack of war. Better invade on all sides, just to be safe.


2 thoughts I see Fred Kagan has sidled out of his spiderhole

  1. avatar Grung_e_Gene says:

    It’s also in bullet point 3. Perform the “constabulary” duties…

    Police the World. Right fucking there! Police the World!

    Of course, it’s not the sons and daughters of the wealthy of connected or powerful who will be blown apart by VBIEDs only the poor.

  2. avatar toma says:

    In their button-down minds everybody has a job to do. Theirs is to send others to die in faraway places. Your job, Gene, is just to die.

    I take the PNACers at their word. I assume this is also why Grampy McCain wants us to be fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran all at the same time: policing the globe. What a great president he would have made.

Comments are closed.