Thursday, July 12, 2007

A Kagan Affair

By Michael J.W. Stickings

I'm beginning to think that the only people who think the surge is working are named Kagan -- or Lieberman or McCain. Robert is a prominent neocon and one of the war's leading theorists, Frederick came up with the surge, and now Kimberly, yet another think-tanker, has a piece in the Journal on "the current progress," entitled "Moving Forward in Iraq". (It's the usual claptrap -- I'll spare you the redundant parsing of said claptrap, however, parsing you've gotten from me and many others in our efforts to expose this nonsense for what it is. (Even Petraeus thinks the insurgency war could go on for decades.) Suffice it to say that this Kagan, like the others, believes that "this conflict" -- yes, she calls it a "conflict," such is the extremity of her misrepresentation -- "shows every sign of succeeding". Evidently, she hasn't been paying attention.)

But I'm not the only one who thinks this. Over at Shakesville, Kathy Kattenburg is similarly attuned:

Everytime you look around, another member of the Kagan family crawls out of the woodwork to shout hurrahs for the Iraq war and proclaim the so-called "surge" to be a resounding success. The latest of these is Kimberly Kagan, who is married to Frederick Kagan (architect of "the surge") and who is the sister-in-law of Robert Kagan (Frederick Kagan's brother, and a leading cheerleader for the surge). Here she is, vomiting out the same old garbage...

And she helpfully reminds us of this piece by Glenn Greenwald on "the royal Kagans":

Apparently, the Kagan family has locked up a "surge" monopoly: Fred designed it, they sold it to the President, and the whole familiy is now held up by our media outlets -- such as The Washington Post and Weekly Standard -- as the experts to whom we should turn in order to learn if the "surge" is or isn't working. They'll be honest and tell us. As Matt Yglesias put it...: "Maybe someday we can get Donald Kagan's take on all this. If only the whole world were made up of members of the Kagan family, then maybe George W. Bush would be a really popular president."

And don't forget Daryn Kagan. And these others. (Presumably Elena Kagan doesn't support Bush.)

The Kagans. Famous for failure. A suitable epitaph.

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