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The Chickenhawk Hall of Shame

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Michael Arthur Ledeen
Chickenhawk First Class with Distinguished Fleeing Cross
August 1, 1941
home state:
Washington, DC
missed opportunity:
Vietnam War
preferred activity:
Backstage warmongering
Think Tank Commando
Information on this bird is hard to find; he seems to like to work in the shadows. According to a piece published Oct. 10, 2004 in The Boston Globe, he graduated from Pomona College in 1963, then enrolled in a history program at the U. of Wisconsin. No mention of Basic Training, KP, &c., &c. Despite this lack of exposure to the fundamentals of warfare, Ledeen has somehow managed to advise U.S. policymakers on the subject since the 1970's. His advice seems to be consistent in two ways: it's bellicose, and it's wrong. During the Iran-Contra affair, for example, Ledeen told Robert McFarlane that Manucher Ghorbanifar could be trusted. And, several CIA officials have hinted that Ledeen was involved in the matter of the Niger yellowcake document forgeries.