The top generals who commanded American forces in Afghanistan have amassed fortunes from their postings there despite their disastrous conduct in the occupied country.
NEW- Stanley McChrystal built a corporate empire in the years after he was dismissed as the top general in Afghanistan, making millions from businesses, governments and universities— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) September 4, 2021
I wrote about how https://t.co/w7bJePb97t
Eight American generals leading foreign forces in Afghanistan, including United States Army General Stanley McChrystal, who sought and supervised the 2009 American troop surge, went on to serve on more than 20 corporate boards, according to US media.
The eight generals who commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan btwn 2008 and 2018 have served on more than 20 corporate boards.— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) September 4, 2021
But McChrystal is the runaway leader, serving on at least 10, earning $1.3m from JetBlue and even more from a vehicle co that sold equipment for the war pic.twitter.com/v8veta3eOt
In an article titled, Corporate boards, consulting, speaking fees: How US generals thrived after Afghanistan, published by Stars and Stripes, the publication reveals how top generals amassed clout despite the failure of the American offensive in Afghanistan.
That company, Navistar International, agreed this spring to pay $50 million to settle claims it defrauded the Marines by inflating the cost of a truck used in Afgh + Iraq.— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) September 4, 2021
McChrystal was on the board’s finance cmte at the time of the initial complaint but said he knew nothing pic.twitter.com/3mCD6RsVHA
A review of company disclosures and other releases conducted by the specialized medium showed that the top Americans generals who led the mission in Afghanistan had thrived in the private sector after leaving the war zone.
McChrystal has been embraced by some of the world’s biggest companies, which bring him in to run leadership training and serve on their boards.— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) September 4, 2021
Here’s how a former Deutsche Bank executive described the reasoning to me pic.twitter.com/urpklGLufN
They have amassed influence within businesses, at universities and in think tanks, in some cases selling their experience in a conflict that left millions of people dead and displaced, and costing the United States more than $2 trillion and concluded with the restoration of Taliban rule, the report said.
McChrystal is also sought after by universities for high-dollar speaking engagements.— Isaac Stanley-Becker (@isaacstanbecker) September 4, 2021
University of Nebraska-Lincoln was facing a budget crunch in 2013 when it agreed to pay the retired general $80k for a keynote address and cover the cost of a private jet, per FOIA’d emails pic.twitter.com/Q0uR60p0qV
Meanwhile, the debate remains hot in the United States over what was the mission and who benefited from the 20-year war against the impoverished country.
A compilation of data from lobbying disclosures archived at Open Secrets, a US-based research group tracking money in US politics, showed that Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Boeing and Northrop Grumman were the top 5 military contractors who received $2 trillion dollars in public funds from 2001 and 2021.
Retired Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who commanded American forces in Afghanistan in 2013 and 2014, joined the board of Lockheed Martin last year. Retired Gen. John R. Allen, who preceded him in Afghanistan, is president of the Brookings Institution, which has received as much as $1.5 million over the last three years from Northrop Grumman.