The Forever Wars of Frederick & Kimberly Kagan
The Kagans are classic neocon entrepreneurs who rely on nepotism and cronyism to work their way through the system. Kimberly studied ancient history at Yale under Donald Kagan and then married his son. She is now billed as a “military expert” by the neocon media in spite of her lack of any actual military experience. Kimberly and Fred have together attached themselves firmly to the COIN counterinsurgency strategy and to the surge tactics as well as to two of its leading proponents, General Stanley McChrystal and General David Petraeus.Just as DC's left-leaning domestic policy assumes that a strong central government must impose order and justice on an otherwise benighted population, DC's foreign policy assumes it is uniquely qualified to impose order on the rest of the world - whether the world likes it or not. Giraldi notes that even though the Kagans got everything wrong in their arguments for W's invasion of Iraq, that hasn't stopped them from cheering on other interventions. As Giraldi points out, war is their business, and there are many others who profit from war. Similarly, leftists have been proven wrong about just about everything, from forced busing to welfare, but that hasn't stopped them from promoting their agenda. Yes, they're THAT convinced they're right. It's the world that's wrong.