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The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel [Hardcover]

By Stephen J. Sniegoski, Paul Findley (Foreward By) & Paul Gottfried (Contributor)
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Pages   447
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   1.66 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Ihs Press
ISBN  1932528172  
EAN  9781932528176  

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Although it is generally understood that American neoconservatives pushed hard for the war in Iraq, this book forcefully argues that the neocons' goal was not the spread of democracy, but the protection of Israel's interests in the Middle East. Showing that the neocon movement has always identified closely with the interests of Israel's Likudnik right wing, the discussion contends that neocon advice on Iraq was the exact opposite of conventional United States foreign policy, which has always sought to maintain stability in the region to promote the flow of oil. Various players in the rush to war are assessed according to their motives, including President Bush, Ariel Sharon, members of the foreign-policy establishment, and the American people, who are seen not as having been dragged into war against their will, but as ready after 9/11 for retaliation.

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More About Stephen J. Sniegoski, Paul Findley & Paul Gottfried

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stephen J. Sniegoski is the author of many articles on political philosophy, World War II, communism, and the American war in Iraq. His essay "Neoconservatives, Israel, and 9/11: The Origins of the U.S. War on Iraq" is included in the anthology "Neoconned! Again." He holds his doctorate from the University of Maryland, where he studied American diplomatic history under Dr. Wayne S. Cole, whose papers are now part of the Hoover Presidential Library Research Collection. He lives in Adelphi, Maryland. Paul Findley is a former congressman from Illinois and a cofounder of the Council for the National Interest, a Washington advocacy group. He is the author of "They to Dare Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel's Lobby." He lives in Jacksonville, Illinois. Paul Gottfried, PhD, is the author of "Conservatism in America." He lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania.

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Disgraceful and Disgusting  Sep 10, 2008
This book is one of the most venal collection of lies published about the honorable and just Jewish American contribution to American publlic life. How disgusting and fundamentally wrong to question the patriotism and loyalty of Jewish Americans with that old anti-semetic canard about the "dual loyalties." AIPAC and JINSA are honorable organizations which seek to legitimately enhance greater understanding between the US and Israel- Israel, with whom we share unbreakable bonds and values forged across decades of confronting Islamic terror and secular tyranny in the Middle East.

Much of this work seems like nothing more than a 21st century reworking of the Protocols of Zion. Instead of honest debate and criticism about administration policy, and instead of a serious and scholarly engagement with the neoconservative intellectual legacy this book presents a rogues gallary of lies and deceit.

What a truly disgraceful book.

As to Sniegoski- Does anyone of good faith seriously believe the lies and distortions in this man's pseudo academic writings? What is truly disturbing is the willingness of people, some misguided, some dishonest and yet more venal to take seriously the kind of old anti-semitic lies that this book spreads and which boils down to this: A Jewish conspiracy manipulated our government into war with Iraq? What venality lies behind this accusation should be clear to anyone of good faith and honesty. We have seen the dangers of this before in the Dreyfuss affair, and again in the rise of the Third Reich. That is what is at stake here. We should recognize the dangers of allowing such pernicous and dangerous lies to go uncontested in our democracy. The price of freedom is indeed eternal vigilence against this kind of writing. Hannah Arendt so eloquently points the way how such lies if not confronted are the seeds of great danger to any democracy.

But the main issue is whether you truly accept the main contention of this work: That the Neoconservatives acted not in the interest of the United States but in the interest of Israel. Anyone who looks at a decade of neoconservative writing could not possbily agree with this contention, it is immoral and dangerous argument of which there is no truth in it at all. We have seen the grave dangers throughout the 20th century of those who would blame Jewish people first, second, and last and accuse them of dark conspiracies and of pulling the strings behind the scenes. It is despairing that we havent learnt from our own history, the dangers that come from this kind of book and allowing its falsehoods and bad faith to become established.

Those of us of good faith should see this argument for the malign sophistry which it is and should defend Israel and Jewish Americans from this kind of attack, that masquardes as scholarly engagement. This disgrace should be revealed for what it truly is: An insidious attack on Jewish Americans that shares all the falsehood and intellectual history of anti-semitism. What a festival of bad faith and bad scholarship.

Israel is one of America's most true and eternal allies and the honourable service and work of Jewish Americans in public service deserve better than this disgraceful effort. Instead of dark fantasties, our deepest national interests and our deepest values come together in the support of Israel and as such this indispensible alliance must be vigorously defended by all people of good conscience.
Sober and devastating  Sep 5, 2008
Over the past 12 years, I have been the primary Net publisher of Dr. Sniegoski's extensive writings on foreign and war policy, posting them at my Website, The Last Ditch. I celebrate the appearance of his masterwork, THE TRANSPARENT CABAL, on the Bush-neocon adventure in Iraq and its historical and political background. (I am not connected with the print publisher in any way.)

Dr. Sniegoski has relentlessly mined public sources to make his case, and I urge the reader to focus on two words I've just used: "relentlessly" and "public." If he were investigating, for example, the causes of the Second Punic War, much less evidence would be expected; but in light of the taboos, doublethink, and nonthink deployed to hamper analysis of the Bush War, he has had to be relentless in marshaling his evidence. The result is a case that is armor-plated and triple-riveted. As for the "public" part, it is fascinating that the neocons were able to manipulate and maneuver their way to war in plain sight -- but largely unseen, because so many people found it convenient (or just safer) to look the other way. Nevertheless, the war partisans established an immense public record of their motives, ambitions, and tactics. Rarely has a title succeeded so brilliantly in conveying the thesis of a book; it was, indeed, a transparent cabal.

Dr. Sniegoski, for his part, is a transparent scholar, telling the story of the cabal calmly, methodically, with restraint -- and with devastating effect. My advice: Buy it (many copies), read it, give it, quote it, and talk it up.
Easy read all you need to know  Sep 3, 2008
This is the BEST book on the Neocon's and their demented world view. Footnoted to show how disgusting these Likudist are in their very own WORDS and deeds. I think the Neocon's in this book { book names the names}
should be tried for HIGH treason and sent to prison along with Johnaton Pollard to rot the rest of their miserable lives away. The affliction these vermin cause the world is shown in a 1 2 3 easy to read book. This book will make you mad as hell. Buy it! Ten Stars!
Why are we in Iraq?  Sep 1, 2008
An undertaking like the Iraq war has a thousand authors, and its failure means a thousand attempts to revise and sanitize the story of how it came about. Going to war was the triumph of spin over the obvious, and it is essential to keep that process from distorting our understanding of how the decision was made. This book contributes to a post mortem by laying out things that are public knowledge. In present-day politics that's a big contribution.

In his account, Sniegoski emphasizes two points: the Administration's need for a forceful strategy, and the factors that shaped the views of influential neocons and enabled them to package and promote their longstanding goals in a way that made them seem the answer to that immediate need. Those factors include their persistence and energy, their skill in political, organizational, and ideological maneuvering, their fondness for transformative strategies backed by force, their strong ties to particular Israeli political groupings, and their treatment of American interests as identical to those of Israel.

The last two points upset some people but cannot be avoided. Big democratic government is pork barrel government, in which everybody gets something but the most effective interest groups end up with the most. In regulated industries that's a problem, but in foreign affairs, with war and peace at stake, it can be catastrophic. Sniegoski's claim is that such a process has resulted in an ill-advised and disastrous war. In view of the importance of the matter the claim needs to be discussed soberly however awkward it may be. This book should facilitate that a discussion.
History will always link the Iraq War with the term 'neoconservative'  Aug 28, 2008
Stephen Sniegoski, a diplomatic historian, is uniquely qualified to write about the neoconservatives' involvement in the prolonged Iraq War originating in 2003. He accurately predicted their activities and allegiance in this entanglement in 1998, three years before the acts of 9-11 and two additional years before a traumatized nation yielded to a nescient, misdirected President, his Vice President/administration, and an ostensibly compliant bi-partisan House and Senate.

The author presents a tight outline which he cogently expands in intelligible detail, maintaining that the origins of the American war on Iraq revolve around the adoption of a war agenda whose basic structure was conceived in Israel to advance Israel's interests. The pro-Israel neoconservatives and a powerful Israel lobby in the United States fervently pushed its agenda. Ironically, he extracts his most persuasive evidence from an extensive neoconservative paper trail that's been clearly recognized by a discreet cadre of vigilant Americans for years. Thus the title, "The Transparent Cabal."

Dr. Sniegoski asks the appropriate question: "Who are the neoconservatives?" He provides insightful answers on their pertinent activities since 1972, those who shaped and mentored them, their immediate family/interconnected family networks, their prominent periodical publications, their past and present leadership, non-Jewish minority members, their persistent rise to positions of political influence and authority, their embrace of Christian Zionism, and their close ties to the extreme conservative Likud Party in Israel. He reveals their tactical affiliations with key, heavily endowed influential think tanks, and a vast number of powerful Israel-centric lobbying organizations that reactively finance and nurture their continued success.

Many readers will recognize his references to writers of previous books, articles and columns -- many of Jewish heritage -- who bravely fight against well financed, mainstream media-dominant opponents and their psychological surrogates active on the Internet. These opponents perniciously engage in personal attacks and retribution, indiscriminately applying irrelevant anti-semitic labels. They persist at attempting to sway public discourse by spreading misinformation, disinformation, or conversely, NO RELEVANT INFORMATION to the public.

In various places throughout the book, the author notes curious relationships with current and former elected and appointed officials. He writes about the ongoing 2008 presidential campaign in a postscript, citing past and existing direct influences on specific candidates by the neoconservatives, the Israel Lobby and its supporters.

The book concludes with a summary of the paucity of benefits compared to the predictable losses of the American people over recent years. These are the real consequences of the Israel-inspired plan to "drain the swamp" (a euphemism for destabilizing perceived enemies then establishing precarious nominal democracies) that began with our misadventure in Iraq and was to proceed with subsequent U.S. military interventions in Iran and Syria. The few meager benefits and the enormous losses to the United States are compared to the strategic advantages that the State of Israel derives directly from our five-year induced military involvement in Iraq and our concomitant departure from past, longstanding policies of diplomacy and stability in the Middle East.

Sniegoski counsels, "it is hardly controversial to propose that elites, rather than the people as a whole, determine government policies, even in democracies."

Yet this war has a supporting cast of middle Americans. Many of them were traumatized by the events of 9-11 and reactively saw an act of patriotism in supporting retaliation against a falsely perceived enemy in Iraq. It's time to reconsider false arguments preceding the Iraq War that have only been cosmetically modified until the present day. It's time to dismiss incongruous ideas formed in the cauldron of confusion after 9-11.

Given today's realities, it DOES take patriotism and courage to insist on formally normalizing an entangled, unreciprocated military alliance with an Israeli government that burdens the taxpayers of the United States, promotes angst among its people, and imperils its military forces worldwide.

VOTERS: Know the facts before you choose your elected officials on November 4, 2008 and embrace Thomas Jefferson's ideal of 'eternal vigilance' as citizens of the United States.
Facts in this book are reinforced in adjacent paragraphs and referenced in nearly 50 pages of notes. Readers are encouraged to read: -- "The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy" by Mearsheimer and Walt -- "World on Fire" by Amy Chua -- "The DEA Report" a **166 page report documenting foreign espionage activities surrounding 9-11** available (although rarely in COMPLETE unedited form) on the Internet.

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