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Friday, February 20, 2009

Fred Kagan is complicit in war crimes and should be tried accordingly

read the horror that issues from this man's mouth...

first this...

KAGAN: The interesting thing is that when we were fighting those battles and doing that damage [in Iraq], on the whole the Iraqis were not bitching about collateral damage. You had nothing like the degree of upset about how many civilians were being injured and how much damage was being done to the infrastructure in Iraq at a much higher level of destruction than you have in Afghanistan at a much lower level of destruction.

and then this...
KAGAN: ... Afghans don’t fight in their cities. Iraqis do. For good or ill, Iraqis expect to fight in their cities. That’s where the insurgents dug in, Saddam Hussein planned to dig in to the cities or lure us into an urban fight. It’s sort of understood that the battlefield is going to be there, that doesn’t mean that they don’t complain about it, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a problem, but it does mean that when the insurgents dig in and we root them out, the Iraqis don’t on the whole say “darn it, you shouldn’t have blown up all of our houses.” They sort of accept that. Afghans do not.

i'm sitting here in the capital city of a country that has endured and continues to endure horrific and unacceptable civilian casualties, a high percentage of them children and this son-of-a-bitch, fred kagan, has the unutterable gall to talk about how iraqis ACCEPT civilian casualties and afghans DON'T...! jeezus fricking kee-rist on a pogo stick...! can you name me one single person, mom, dad, brother, sister, grandparent, uncle, aunt, cousin, niece, nephew, friend, or acquaintance that you can imagine in your wildest dreams in any country of any region of the world telling you that, of course, THEY CAN ACCEPT CIVILIAN CASUALTIES...!

fred kagan is an evil man...

(thanks to think progress... the video and audio transcripts are available on the aei website here...)

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