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.
Patrick J. Buchanan, "Whose War?,"
The American Conservative, March 24, 2003
John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt, "The Israel
Lobby," London Review of Books, March 23, 2006
[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]
[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]
[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," foreignaffairs.com,
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,
Sleazy Origins of Russia-gate," foreignaffairs.com, 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," consortiumnews.com, 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'?," consortiumnews.com, April 20, 2017]
[The New York Times has finally admitted that one of the favorite Russia-gate canards -
that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies concurred on the assessment of Russian hacking of
Democratic emails - is false.--Robert Parry, "NYT
Finally Retracts Russia-gate Canard," consortiumnews.com, June 29, 2017]
[If America stumbles into a war with Russia that all our Cold War presidents avoided,
the Russia baiters and Putin haters will be put in same circle of hell by history as the
idiot war hawks of 1914 and the three blind men of Versailles in 1919.--Patrick J.
Baiters and Putin Haters," antiwar.com, July 14, 2017]
[Calling itself the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the group describes itself as "a
bipartisan, transatlantic initiative" that "will develop comprehensive strategies to
defend against, deter, and raise the costs on Russian and other state actors' efforts to
undermine democracy and democratic institutions," and also "will work to publicly
document and expose Vladimir Putin's ongoing efforts to subvert democracy in the United
States and Europe."--Glenn Greenwald, "With New D.C. Policy Group, Dems
Continue to Rehabilitate and Unify With Bush-Era Neocons," theintercept.com,
July 17, 2017]
[The MEK is a weird political cult built around a husband and wife team of Massoud and
Maryam Rajavi. It has been guilty of numerous terrorist acts and was on the U.S.
government's formal list of terrorist organizations until February 2012.--Ted Galen
Carpenter, "This Group Hopes to Push America
Toward Regime Change in Iran," nationalinterest.org, July 17, 2017]
[Alliance for Securing Democracy as the source of the allegations about the NFL
protests. According to the Times, the ASD has tracked 600 Twitter accounts supposedly
"linked to Russian influence operations" and exposed their nefarious agenda. . . .
[There is no historical example of an imperial power renouncing its interests in
compliance with a paper agreement. It only abides with agreements when it has no other
options.--James Petras, "Imperial Road to Conquest:
Peace and Disarmament Agreements," informationclearinghouse.info, April 30, 2018]
[Lewis not only mentored various neoconservatives, but he also elevated the status of
Middle East natives that he approved of. For instance, he was behind the promotion of
Fouad Ajami (he dedicated one of this books to him), just as he was behind introducing
Ahmad Chalabi to the political elite in DC.--Asad AbuKhalil, "The
Legacy and Fallacies of Bernard Lewis," consortiumnews.com, June 29, 2018]