Barry McCaffrey

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Barry McCaffrey

Retired United States Army general, news commentator, and business consultant add

Category: Politics

Born in 1942.

Countries: United States (35%), Iraq (20%), US (20%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: United States Military Academy, CBS, NBC

Linked to: United States Army, United States Southern Command, The Nation, American University




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Barry McCaffrey was born in 1942 add something


Following his graduation from West Point in 1964, McCaffrey was commissioned into the infantry add something


He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy , and earned an M.A. in Civil Government from the American University in 1970 add something


He commanded SOUTHCOM, whose headquarters were in the Republic of Panama, from 1994 to 1996 add something


Barry McCaffrey was Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bill Clinton from 1996 to 2001 add something


Besides managing military personnel, as part of his duties in Panama, McCaffrey supported humanitarian operations for over 10,000 Cuban refugees in 1996 add something


In the spring of 1998, the ONDCP began to develop an accounting system to decide which network shows would be valued and for how much add something


Gulf War - According to an article written by Seymour Hersh published in 2000 "The New Yorker", General McCaffrey committed war crimes during the Gulf War by having troops under his command kill retreating Iraqis after a ceasefire had been declared add something


In 2000, the Federal Communications Commission, in response to a complaint by the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, sent inquiries to five major television networks about ONDCP's practice of offering millions of additional advertising dollars to networks that embedded anti-drug messages in their programming add something


Similar criticism came from Gen. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Iraq War, who described the Hersh article as "attempted character assassination on General McCaffrey," in an interview with Sam Donaldson for the TV show "This Week", in May 2000 add something


ABC News followed up on Hersh's report in June 2000, interviewing six soldiers from the platoon of scouts under the command of Gen. McCaffrey add something


He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the United States Military Academy, where he was the Bradley Professor of International Security Studies from 2001 to 2005 add something


In 2005, the Government Accountability Office found that the ONDCP had violated domestic propaganda and publicity prohibitions by preparing prepackaged news stories that did not disclose to television viewers that the government had produced them and had illegally spent appropriations to develop, produce and distribute the covert propaganda add something


In June 2005, he surveyed Iraq on behalf of U.S. Central Command and wrote an optimistic report afterwards add something


McCaffrey returned a third time in March, 2007, and followed the visit with a third memorandum add something


In late Nov 2008, the "New York Times" published another front page article by Barstow, this time specifically profiling General McCaffrey add something


In April 2008, the "New York Times" published a front page report by David Barstow confirming that military analysts hired by ABC, CBS and NBC to present observations about the conduct of the war in Iraq had undisclosed ties to the Pentagon and/or military contractors add something


He received West Point Association of Graduates of the United States Military Academy's Distinguished Graduate award in 2010 add something


On March 16, 2018, McCaffrey received significant media attention after sending out a message on Twitter announcing his conclusion that US President Donald Trump was a threat to national security and "under the sway of" Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin add something