Most Influential Yellow Elephant
The Daily Telegraph, "Britain's No. 1 quality newspaper website", published a list of who they believe to be the 100 most influential US conservatives. After sifting through 5 web pages of bad comb-overs, double chins, mostly white pundits and politicians, we were dismayed to find only one of our 'subjects' had made the compilation. Fred Kagan (pictured above with a pot roast in his mouth) was listed at #37.
His profile reads as follows: A military historian and leading light at the American Enterprise Institute, Kagan was the principal force behind the study that led to the “surge” policy being adopted by George W. Bush. Soon dubbed the "real Iraq Study Group" report, it was a "awkish rival to the official ISG report of James Baker and Lee Hamilton that was shelved by the Bush administration. A former West Point lecturer, he is married to fellow defence academic Kimberly Kagan and is the brother of Robert Kagan, an accomplished military writer and foreign policy strategist. Both brothers are closely associated with the neo-conservative school of thought.
OYE Comment: Believe it or not, Kagan is still of age to wear The Uniform. Instead of serving, this vegetable-oil-sweating-swine, that wouldn't know the difference between a handgun and a howitzer, somehow has Our President's ear on war policy. Frederick Kagan, the 'man' that would probably park in a handicapped spot to not have to expend a calorie more than necessary, was tasked with creating something as important as to decide how many and how long Our Servicemen stay in Iraq. A reasonable person would know that an 18 year old who earned his Combat Infantryman Badge understands more about war than Kagan can ever fit inside his beach ball sized head with books. Although it's not too late for Kagan to serve, we all know it will not happen. He, like his cowardly brother, Robert, will 'fight' from afar until their imminent poor health prevents them.
H/T to Glenn Greenwald