Fox News has relied heavily on the expertise of retired four-star General Jack Keane since the fall of Kabul to criticize President Joe Biden for withdrawing and ending the war in Afghanistan. While Keane’s experience
Fox News has relied heavily on the expertise of retired four-star General Jack Keane since the fall of Kabul to criticize President Joe Biden for withdrawing and ending the war in Afghanistan.
While Keane’s experience as the former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army has been trumpeted in his dozens of recent on-air appearances, which has yet to be leaked is Keane’s current role as an executive for a defense contractor who profited from a big 20 Years War deal.
Since October 2016, Keane served as executive chairman of AM General, the military vehicle builder that makes the Humvees. As Liberal Watchdog Media Matters for America reported on Tuesday, AM General was awarded a $ 459 million contract in 2017 to supply more than 2,000 Humvees to Afghanistan through 2023.
Keane, who is also employed by Fox News as the network’s senior strategic analyst, has appeared on Fox News or its sister channel Fox Business Network at least 33 times since August 16. Neither Keane nor any of his hosts discussed his post with the defense company or the deal his company made to directly benefit from the extended engagement in Afghanistan.
While all of Keane’s recent Fox News segments have focused on the situation in Afghanistan in general, there has been no discussion in any of his appearances specifically on Humvees or AM General. Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Presidency of Keane with AM General is also missing from his official bio on the Fox News digital news site. The page however mentions that he is the chairman of the Institute for War Studies, a defense policy think tank that receives financial support from several military contractors.
During his frequent television hits over the past two weeks, Keane has repeatedly criticized the Biden administration’s decision to withdraw all US troops from the country. He claimed that the withdrawal puts America “national honor“in play and that it is a”shameful demonstration of American leadership“, While suggesting that the administration should have stayed in Afghanistan until” next year “.
Keane’s failure to disclose his financial ties to the conflict in Afghanistan was not confined to Fox News airwaves. In a January 2020 speech during an event for the conservative heritage foundation, Keane pleaded for the extension of the American engagement in Afghanistan without never mentioning the financial interest of his company in a prolonged war.
As reported by The Intercept last week, in addition to AM General, Keane also sits on the board of directors of Cyalume Technologies Inc., a company that manufactures chemical lamps for the military. This was never disclosed during his appearances on Fox speaking on the conflict. Prior to his current assignments as a defense contractor, the retired general was director of arms giant General Dynamics and adviser to private military firm Academi, formerly Blackwater.
Infamous Keane recommended the disastrous Afghan counterinsurgency strategy to Congress in 2009, but he is not the only architect of the war in Afghanistan to have frequented the news by cable in recent weeks, while conveniently neglecting to disclose potential conflicts of interest.
During the tenure of former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recent appearance on CNN in which he compared the withdrawal to the Bay of Pigs, for example, neither host John King nor Panetta mentioned that he was a senior advisor for a defense consulting firm or a member of the board of directors of the Oracle software company. Instead, only his past credentials as a member of the administration of former President Barack Obama were referenced.
David Petraeus, the commander of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011, is another Afghan hawk and architect who recently went around the wire without disclosing his ties to the defense industry.
While muttering that withdrawal is a “The Dunkirk moment“and that Biden”should literally reverse the decision”In television interviews, Petraeus never noted his seat on the board of directors of a cybersecurity company that contracts with the Defense Ministry. He also did not mention his role as a partner at KKR and Co., a private equity firm with a major stake in defense spending.