Meet The Kagans: Seeking War To The End Of The World

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Submitted by Robert Parry, via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,


If the neoconservatives have their way again, US ground troops will reoccupy Iraq, the US military will take out Syria’s secular government (likely helping Al Qaeda and the Islamic State take over), and the US Congress will not only kill the Iran nuclear deal but follow that with a massive increase in military spending.

Like spraying lighter fluid on a roaring barbecue, the neocons also want a military escalation in Ukraine to burn the ethnic Russians out of the east, and the neocons dream of spreading the blaze to Moscow with the goal of forcing Russian President Vladimir Putin from the Kremlin. In other words, more and more fires of Imperial “regime change” abroad even as the last embers of the American Republic die at home.

Much of this “strategy” is personified by a single Washington power couple: arch-neocon Robert Kagan, a co-founder of the Project for the New American Century and an early advocate of the Iraq War, and his wife, Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs Victoria Nuland, who engineered last year’s coup in Ukraine that started a nasty civil war and created a confrontation between nuclear-armed United States and Russia.

Kagan, who cut his teeth as a propaganda specialist in support of the Reagan administration’s brutal Central American policies in the 1980s, is now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing columnist to The Washington Post’s neocon-dominated opinion pages.

On Friday, Kagan’s column baited the Republican Party to do more than just object to President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear deal. Kagan called for an all-out commitment to neoconservative goals, including military escalations in the Middle East, belligerence toward Russia and casting aside fiscal discipline in favor of funneling tens of billions of new dollars to the Pentagon.

Kagan also showed how the neocons’ world view remains the conventional wisdom of Official Washington despite their disastrous Iraq War. The neocon narrative gets repeated over and over in the mainstream media no matter how delusional it is.

For instance, a sane person might trace the origins of the bloodthirsty Islamic State back to President George W. Bush’s neocon-inspired Iraq War when this hyper-violent Sunni movement began as “Al Qaeda in Iraq” blowing up Shiite mosques and instigating sectarian bloodshed. It later expanded into Syria where Sunni militants were seeking the ouster of a secular regime led by Alawites, a Shiite offshoot. Though changing its name to the Islamic State, the movement continued with its trademark brutality.

But Kagan doesn’t acknowledge that he and his fellow neocons bear any responsibility for this head-chopping phenomenon. In his neocon narrative, the Islamic State gets blamed on Iran and Syria, even though those governments are leading much of the resistance to the Islamic State and its former colleagues in Al Qaeda, which in Syria backs a separate terrorist organization, the Nusra Front.

But here is how Kagan explains the situation to the Smart People of Official Washington:

Critics of the recent nuclear deal struck between Iran and the United States are entirely right to point out the serious challenge that will now be posed by the Islamic republic. It is an aspiring hegemon in an important region of the world.


It is deeply engaged in a region-wide war that encompasses Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Gulf States and the Palestinian territories. It subsidizes the murderous but collapsing regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, and therefore bears primary responsibility for the growing strength of the Islamic State and other radical jihadist forces in that country and in neighboring Iraq, where it is simultaneously expanding its influence and inflaming sectarian violence.

The Real Hegemon

While ranting about “Iranian hegemony,” Kagan called for direct military intervention by the world’s true hegemonic power, the United States. He wants the US military to weigh in against Iran on the side of two far more militarily advanced regional powers, Israel and Saudi Arabia, whose combined weapons spending dwarfs Iran’s and includes – with Israel – a sophisticated nuclear arsenal.

Yet reality has never had much relationship to neocon ideology. Kagan continued:

Any serious strategy aimed at resisting Iranian hegemony has also required confronting Iran on the several fronts of the Middle East battlefield. In Syria, it has required a determined policy to remove Assad by force, using US air power to provide cover for civilians and create a safe zone for Syrians willing to fight.


In Iraq, it has required using American forces to push back and destroy the forces of the Islamic State so that we would not have to rely, de facto, on Iranian power to do the job. Overall, it has required a greater US military commitment to the region, a reversal of both the perceived and the real withdrawal of American power.


And therefore it has required a reversal of the downward trend in US defense spending, especially the undoing of the sequestration of defense funds, which has made it harder for the military even to think about addressing these challenges, should it be called upon to do so. So the question for Republicans who are rightly warning of the danger posed by Iran is: What have they done to make it possible for the United States to begin to have any strategy for responding?

In Kagan’s call for war and more war, we’re seeing, again, the consequence of failing to hold neocons accountable after they pushed the country into the illegal and catastrophic Iraq War by selling lies about weapons of mass destruction and telling tales about how easy it would be.

Instead of facing a purge that should have followed the Iraq calamity, the neocons consolidated their power, holding onto key jobs in US foreign policy, ensconcing themselves in influential think tanks, and remaining the go-to experts for mainstream media coverage. Being wrong about Iraq has almost become a badge of honor in the upside-down world of Official Washington.

But we need to unpack the truckload of sophistry that Kagan is peddling. First, it is simply crazy to talk about “Iranian hegemony.” That was part of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rhetoric before the US Congress on March 3 about Iran “gobbling up” nations – and it has now become a neocon-driven litany, but it is no more real just because it gets repeated endlessly.

For instance, take the Iraq case. It has a Shiite-led government not because Iran invaded Iraq, but because the United States did. After the US military ousted Sunni dictator Saddam Hussein, the United States stood up a new government dominated by Shiites who, in turn, sought friendly relations with their co-religionists in Iran, which is entirely understandable and represents no aggression by Iran. Then, after the Islamic State’s dramatic military gains across Iraq last summer, the Iraqi government turned to Iran for military assistance, also no surprise.

Back to Iraq

However, leaving aside Kagan’s delusional hyperbole about Iran, look at what he’s proposing. He wants to return a sizable US occupation force to Iraq, apparently caring little about the US soldiers who were rotated multiple times into the war zone where almost 4,500 died (along with hundreds of thousands of Iraqis). Having promoted Iraq War I and having paid no price, Kagan now wants to give us Iraq War II.

But that’s not enough. Kagan wants the US military to intervene to make sure the secular government of Syria is overthrown, even though the almost certain winners would be Sunni extremists from the Islamic State or Al Qaeda’s Nusra Front. Such a victory could lead to genocides against Syria’s Christians, Alawites, Shiites and other minorities. At that point, there would be tremendous pressure for a full-scale US invasion and occupation of Syria, too.

That may be why Kagan wants to throw tens of billions of dollar more into the military-industrial complex, although the true price tag for Kagan’s new wars would likely run into the trillions of dollars. Yet, Kagan still isn’t satisfied. He wants even more military spending to confront “growing Chinese power, an aggressive Russia and an increasingly hegemonic Iran.”

In his conclusion, Kagan mocks the Republicans for not backing up their tough talk: “So, yes, by all means, rail about the [Iran] deal. We all look forward to the hours of floor speeches and campaign speeches that lie ahead. But it will be hard to take Republican criticisms seriously unless they start doing the things that are in their power to do to begin to address the challenge.”

While it’s true that Kagan is now “just” a neocon ideologue – albeit one with important platforms to present his views – his wife Assistant Secretary of State Nuland shares his foreign policy views and even edits many of his articles. As she told The New York Times last year, “nothing goes out of the house that I don’t think is worthy of his talents. Let’s put it that way.” [See “Obama’s True Foreign Policy ‘Weakness.’”]

But Nuland is a foreign policy force of her own, considered by some in Washington to be the up-and-coming “star” at the State Department. By organizing the “regime change” in Ukraine – with the violent overthrow of democratically elected President Viktor Yanukovych in February 2014 – Nuland also earned her spurs as an accomplished neocon.

Nuland has even outdone her husband, who may get “credit” for the Iraq War and the resulting chaos, but Nuland did him one better, instigating Cold War II and reviving hostilities between nuclear-armed Russia and the United States. After all, that’s where the really big money will go – toward modernizing nuclear arsenals and ordering top-of-the-line strategic weaponry.

A Family Business

There’s also a family-business aspect to these wars and confrontations, since the Kagans collectively serve not just to start conflicts but to profit from grateful military contractors who kick back a share of the money to the think tanks that employ the Kagans.

For instance, Robert’s brother Frederick works at the American Enterprise Institute, which has long benefited from the largesse of the Military-Industrial Complex, and his wife Kimberly runs her own think tank called the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

According to ISW’s annual reports, its original supporters were mostly right-wing foundations, such as the Smith-Richardson Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, but it was later backed by a host of national security contractors, including major ones like General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and CACI, as well as lesser-known firms such as DynCorp International, which provided training for Afghan police, and Palantir, a technology company founded with the backing of the CIA’s venture-capital arm, In-Q-Tel. Palantir supplied software to US military intelligence in Afghanistan.

Since its founding in 2007, ISW has focused mostly on wars in the Middle East, especially Iraq and Afghanistan, including closely cooperating with Gen. David Petraeus when he commanded US forces in those countries. However, more recently, ISW has begun reporting extensively on the civil war in Ukraine. [See “Neocons Guided Petraeus on Afghan War.”]

So, to understand the enduring influence of the neocons – and the Kagan clan, in particular – you have to appreciate the money connections between the business of war and the business of selling war. When the military contractors do well, the think tanks that advocate for heightened global tensions do well, too.

And, it doesn’t hurt to have friends and family inside the government making sure that policymakers do their part to give war a chance — and to give peace the old heave-ho.

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smithcreek's picture

So is ZH now getting their articles written for free by unemployed Mother Jones writers?

Latina Lover's picture

Nudelman and the Kagans are minions of the Military Industrial Complex, mouthpieces for hire.  Their job is to create wars for profit, enriching their masters.

COSMOS's picture

They need a private army that will shoot european citizens on command.  I guess that is why NATO is picking up all the muslim africans and bringing them to Europe.  This video proves it.

Bay of Pigs's picture

And what does Donald Trump have to say about these liars and weasels?

greenskeeper carl's picture

While he has been critical ad the Iraq war in general and bush and Obamas handling of it, I doubt he'd go so far as to go after the architects of it. Even though he has gone after the two biggest neocons in the senate, graham and McCain, he didn't call them out for being neocons, he called them out for being douchebags for other reasons.

Doing so would likely turn off a lot of supporters, even if trump himself feels that way. Few politicians have the guts to really 'go there' , Ron Paul was really the only one. Most of trumps supporters are red meat republicans, who while they are, correctly, fed up with all the warfare, they won't go so far as to call it all a 'mistake' since they still buy into the meme that by criticizing that they aren't 'supporting the troops' or are being unpatriotic.

BullyBearish's picture

I understand they own millions of shares of USO/UCO...

palmereldritch's picture

Lookit from the Baron Harkonnen Family Reunion

Four chan's picture

what tribe are those bringers of death from? 

localsavage's picture

Isn't their son on the Supreme Court?

James_Cole's picture

However, leaving aside Kagan’s delusional hyperbole about Iran, look at what he’s proposing.

If US became allied with Iran instead of saudi arabia the world would be a much better / peaceful place. So long as SA didn't start dropping nukes all over the place.

Iran hasn't started any wars, recently had a female mathematician win the fields medal & is right now fighting ISIS. SA starts wars frequently, was home to most of the 9/11 hijackers + al qaeda + almost certainly funds ISIS to some extent & is stuck in the 15th century. Why the fuck is SA the bff in the ME & not Iran?? They both have oil.

US should just admit a few past mistakes in Iran and then bring them back into the fold. You can do it US&A! For the good of humanity :)

Amish FinEng's picture


Marco Rubio “We Have To Make A Few Changes To Trigger A New American Century”

Cuban sandwich.

pazmaker's picture


PrayingMantis's picture



... Kenyan Asshole Gets Another Neocon ...

J S Bach's picture

Why do we still call them "neocons" for God's sake?!

The Kagans (kinsmen to Bolchevik Butcher Lazar Kaganovich) are dual citizen Israeli/U.S. Jews.  Like all of their other "neocon" brethren, they serve Jewish interests above all else.  Of course, this is treasonous, but those loyal to the tribe have always been so toward their foolish host countries.

They need to be dealt with quickly and justly... deported, imprisoned or hanged... before they ignite yet another of their world wars.

Tarshatha's picture
Revelation 3:9King James Version (KJV)

Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

nmewn's picture

You do realize Iran is dickin around in places like Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria right? And of course they would be fighting ISIS, ISIS is not only Sunni but a threat to "all established state order" in the region so all nation-states have an interest in crushing it...some later than others.

For example, Turkey's government (ignorant fucktards that they are) finally came to that conclusion just recently. They were fine with turning a blind eye to ISIS while it was tying up & weakening Assad in Syria (so much the better for Turkey) but when ISIS started killing Turks, well, it just won't do getting all that hate mail from grieving families, it could effect their polling numbers!

James_Cole's picture

You do realize Iran is dickin around in places like Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria right? And of course they would be fighting ISIS, ISIS is not only Sunni but a threat to "all established state order" in the region so all nation-states have an interest in crushing it...some later than others.

Iran isn't trying to take out Assad (they are allied with the SECULAR syria), SA was well known for funding anyone willing to fight against assad - we know who those characters turned out to be ' moderate rebels ' that they were. Iran is aiding some fighters in yemen, SA & USA are bombing yemen into pure civil war. Two current civil war scenarios instigated by SA. This kind of behaviour makes the ME safer? ?And that's after civil wars in afghanistan (decades long), iraq and libya.

As far as lebanon, israel keeps invading them and lebanon is allied with iran. So 'dickin' around' means what? Giving aid to a country routinely invaded? Obv the worst offence Iran is responsible for is hezbollah, sure, but I bet stronger ties between the US & Iran would deescalate some of that.

Other than supplying some weapons (how many groups / countries does US supply weapons to??) iran isn't doing much and certainly not invading sovereign countries. Same can not be said for US other main allies in the region.

Not to mention Iran is actually a moderate muslem country. As far as US close ally SA...?

Clashfan's picture

logic of a 911 truth denier laid bare for all to see

fleur de lis's picture

Are these Kagans any relation to our other Marxist ruler SC Justice (hahaha!) Elena Kagan?

Are they decendants of Lazar Kaganovich, the Soviet henchman who was directly responsible for the Ukrainian famine of the 1930's? That Kagan(ovich) starved 30 million people to death.

The rot never falls far from the mold. The name Kagan/Kaganovich should be a synonym for widespread violent death---

"The whole country endured years of Kaganist bloodshed."

"Millions died as a result of Kaganist policies."


Or maybe a deadly disease---

"Kaganus type 1 parasites infected huge swaths of the countryside leaving devastion everywhere."

"Kaganii parasitic virus will sicken any living thing on contact."

What a vile family of killers.





Shrapnel's picture

"The jew cries out in pain as he strikes you"

Fun Facts's picture

The PNAC revolutionaries are responsible for the 911 attack on America [PNAC pp51 "the new pearl harbor"]which was designed to manufacture the consent for the endless war on terror, which is actually a smokescreen for carrying out "securing the realm", wiping out the middle east to make room for greater Israel "from the tigress to the euphrates".

They're borrowing the US armed forces to do it.

“Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.” – Benjamin Netanyahu 2002

withglee's picture

And what does Donald Trump have to say about these liars and weasels?

What does Donald Trump have to say about WTC7 falling down?

robobbob's picture

.............nothing if he doesn't intend on ending up on the wrong side of a grassy knoll.

Refuse-Resist's picture

I heard that the Zerohedge militia will shoot any private army soldiers caught shooting American citizens, on command, or of their own free will beause those private army shitbags just deserve it.

Private Refuse-Resist reporting for duty SIR!

markpower49's picture

Israel is more important than any American lives or treasure. Pay up, goyim.

Refuse-Resist's picture

Begging mercy for their sins!

Satan laughing spreads his wings!


The Black Bishop's picture

Wouldnt piss on them if they were on fire.

FreeSlave's picture

all of them are jewish, and israeli as well... so, jews are running US government, and not only...

"Kagan" is a primarily Russian-Jewish surname which is derived from the surname "Kahan", which means Cohen

Tigersage's picture

Russian Jews want us to die for them?

The Black Bishop's picture

Russian jews? No, -jews-, or rather -zionist jews-. Jews dont really identify with the country they reside in/hold passports to. They identify by their religion.

August's picture

So, they're related to General Wesley Kanne (Clark)?

Way cool east European policy dudes.

cowdogg's picture

Much more ambitious than just filling the coffers of the arms industry. The Kagans are Netanyahu's operatives who are doing their best to instigate a US war with both Russia and China. The idea is that all parties will destroy each other and leave little Israel and it's hundreds of nuclear weapons as masters of the earth. It is going to take a while longer to get it going so in the meantime the Kagans will be contented for the US to conquer Iraq and Syria and incorporate them into Greater Israel.

juangrande's picture

If the US Russia and China get in an "all out" war, there will be no world to preside over.

Enki Anu's picture

Kagan ( Khagan ) is a phrase reference to the Supreme Leader when Khazaria was an Empire. I thought that Vikings ( Russians ) finished the last of these Thugs, guess I was wrong.

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asfffasfff (not verified) smithcreek Jul 26, 2015 9:51 PM

jewish ghosts dont like it, if you can see them

Hot Shakedown's picture

This article ties together the central themes behind that "tribe" that :
profits from war
owns congress
controls the media

Bangin7GramRocks's picture

This pussy ass chickenhawk needs to be curb stomped with extreme prejudice. Thousands of our young men have died needlessly because of cunts like this guy.

LetThemEatRand's picture

So ya thought ya might like to go to the show.

To feel the warm thrill of confusion, that space cadet glow.

I got me some bad news for you, Sunshine.

Pink isn't well, he stayed back at the hotel,

And he sent us along as a surrugate band.

We're gonna find out where you fans really stand.

Are there any queers in the theatre tonight?

Get 'em up against the wall. -- 'Gainst the wall!

And that one in the spotlight, he don't look right to me.

Get him up against the wall. -- 'Gainst the wall!

And that one looks Jewish, and that one's a coon.

Who let all this riffraff into the room?

There's one smoking a joint, and another with spots!

If I had my way I'd have all of ya shot.

juangrande's picture

Is Roger Waters a regular on ZH?

The Wall's message is antithesis to the most common opinions here. Roger figured out it aint about them, as much as it is about him. Tearing down the wall is what self-realisation is. Only from that place, can effective and long lasting change occur. Otherwise, it's just another revolution on the merry-go-round!

YHC-FTSE's picture

I've posted this link so many times, but it's relevant to this article about the Kagan/Nuland family: Neoconservatism is a Zionist construct.  Neocon banners would not be complete without the Israeli flag in the background mate.

Looking at the family photo, I can understand why the driving forces in their lives are hate and murder: They're so incredibly ugly, there must be a lot of self-hate and self-destruction projected outwards.

pazmaker's picture

.....And a lot of eating too!!!   Those two guys make the word OBESE look skinny.

Dublinmick's picture

He talks a good game, but it is hard to trust a zio wearing a circus hat.

Herodotus's picture

Looks like they need to cut back on the bagels.