Retired Gen. Jack Keane, who played a key role in getting Gen. David Petraeus put in charge of the Iraq War and pushing for a U.S. troop escalation, is now working behind the scenes to force President Barack Obama to back off his commitment to withdraw U.S. combat forces in 16 months.
In this endeavor, historian/journalist Gareth Porter reports that Keane has conflicts of interest. Even as he promotes policies that expand the military budget, he also works for private military contractors that have fattened up their profits during the Iraq War.
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In this sense, Keane serves as an example of the military-industrial complex at work. [For Gareth Porter’s print story, click here.]
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