Kwiatkowski Review of Transparent Cabal

Kwiatkowski Review of Transparent Cabal

Sunday, December 27, 2009 5:13 PM
From: “Stephen Sniegoski”


 Hope you had a Merry Christmas and wishing you a  Happy New Year. 

Kwiatkowski Review of Transparent Cabal

The following  is a favorable review of my book, “The Transparent Cabal,” by Karen Kwiatkowski in “The Independent Review.”  Volume 14, Number 3, Winter 2010

Dr. Karen Kwiatkowski is well-known for writing about her personal experiences regarding the neocon-controlled  Office of Special Plans, the  Department of Defense office  which provided the most extreme war propaganda to drive the United States into the war on Iraq   She is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, with a background in intelligence,  whose assignments included duties in the  Pentagon and  the National Security Agency. While at NSA,  she  became a speechwriter for the agency’s director. After leaving the NSA in 1998, she became an analyst on sub-Saharan Africa policy for the Pentagon..

 From May 2002 to February 2003, the time of the propaganda buildup for the attack on Iraq,  Dr. Kwiatkowski served in the Pentagon’s Near East and South Asia directorate (NESA), where she gained first-hand knowledge of the activities of the Office of Special Plans. I made use of her first-hand information in my  section on the Office of Special Plans in “The Transparent Cabal.” 

Dr. Kwiatkowski  has a PhD in World Politics from The Catholic University of America; her thesis was on overt and covert war in Angola. She has also two published books about U.S. policy towards Africa.  She is a very courageous woman who dares to tell the truth and has been smeared for it by the neoconservatives and their fellow travelers.  

Dr. Kwiatkowski is currently  a teacher, lecturer, writer, and host of a radio program, “American Forum.”  The program’s archives are at:

I was on the second hour of her  June 1, 2009  program.

I am scheduled to be on her Monday, January 4, 2010 program at 6:00 pm EST. 

“Transparent Cabal” Website:

Amazon listing of “The Transparent Cabal”: 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Stephen  Sniegoski


The  Independent Review


pp. 445-449


The Transparent Cabal


The word cabal is derived from the Hebrew word Kabbalah, meaning “received doctrine.” Modern usage of cabal denotes a secretive group with mystical power and often insidious influence. For the past decade, in U.S.

foreign policy the word has been associated specifically with neoconservatism and in particular with a narrow group of pro-Israeli neoconservatives with occupations in government, think tanks, academia, and the news media.

A true cabal is opaque and mysterious, not transparent. Yet Stephen Sniegoski has aptly and refreshingly titled his latest book The Transparent Cabal (Norfolk, Va.:  Enigma Editions, 2008). The individuals who most convincingly articulated a need for war in Iraq and who strategized a U.S. mission to replace the Iraqi and other governments in the Middle East at gunpoint did not keep their vision veiled.  Instead, they loudly trumpeted, persistently drummed, and publicly paraded it in the offices, conferences, and reading rooms of the American political elite for many years. Sniegoski relies on publicly accessible material to introduce and support his thesis, which is that a close relationship exists between U.S. neoconservatives and the Israeli Likudnik right and that neoconservatives view U.S. foreign-policy interests through the lens of Israeli interests as perceived by the right-wing parties influential in Israel’s own democracy (pp. 3–7).

The idea that American neoconservatives have conflated U.S. security interests in the Middle East with the international-security perspective of ardent right-wingers in Israel has generated inflammatory and angry reactions from pro-Israel quarters in Washington. It is academically and politically a dangerous contemplation, as Sniegoski recognizes and as analysts of recent U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East know.

For the remainder go to:


 In-Depth Discussion: In Israel’s Interest – US Policy Influenced by Media and Neocon Agenda (call for friends Dr. Stephen Sniegoski and Lt. Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski included via the youtube linked at the following URL):

‘The Transparent Cabal’ mentioned in ‘The Independent’ (UK) newspaper

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  • Patriot says:

    Brownfeld Review of Transparent Cabal

    Saturday, January 16, 2010 8:50 AM
    From: “Stephen Sniegoski”


    Brownfeld Review of Transparent Cabal

    The following is an excellent review of my book, The Transparent Cabal, by Allan C. Brownfeld. Allan C. Brownfeld is the author of five books, the latest of which is The Revolution Lobby (Council for Inter-American Security). He has been a staff aide to a U.S. Vice President, Members of Congress, and the U.S. Senate Internal Subcommittee.

    He is editor of Issues of The American Council for Judaism, an associate editor of The Lincoln Review and a contributing editor to such publications as Human Events, The St. Croix Review, and The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.

    A fuller biography can be found at:

    Allen Brownfeld has also written a more extensive review of The Transparent Cabal, which will appear in the March issue of The Washington Report on Middle East Affairs.


    Stephen Sniegoski


    The Role of Neoconservatives – and Israel’s Right Wing – in the War in Iraq January 13,2010

    By Allan C. Brownfeld

    For many Americans, the reasons for the U.S. attack on Iraq in 2003 remains a mystery. The reasons the Bush administration gave for going to war – that Iraq had ties with al Qaeda, that it possessed weapons of mass destruction, and that, somehow, it was involved in the terrorist attacks of 9/ll – have all been proven false. It is, some argue, as if after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, we declared war on Mexico.

    However, a group of men and women in and out of government proposed war with Iraq even before 9/ll. These were the neoconservatives – including such leading Bush administration officials as Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, and L. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. What motivated these advocates of war with a country that never attacked the U.S. and posed little threat is the subject of an important new book, The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel ( (Enigma Editions) by Stephen J. Sniegoski, Ph.D.

    Dr. Sniegoski’s focus on the neoconservative involvement in American foreign policy antedates the 9/ll terrorist attacks. His first major work on the subject, The War on Iraq: Conceived in Israel ( was published February l0, 2003 – more than a month before the American attack on Iraq.

    The new book examines the close relationship of the American neoconservatives and the Israeli Likudnik right, and its role as a fundamental driver of the Bush administration’s militant Middle East policy. Sniegoski states, “This orientation is at the root of the explanation for why our policy does not seem to address or correspond with the genuine security needs of the U.S…. Ideology and personal ties have blinded them to what most others clearly see was the foreign policy reality.”

    While U.S. policy traditionally stressed stability in the Middle East, “[T]he neocons called for destabilizing existing regimes…. Likudnik strategy saw the benefit of regional destabilization for its own sake – creating as it would an environment of weak, disunified states or statelets involved in internal and external conflicts that could easily be dominated by Israel…. Thus, unlike a true ‘cabal,’ characterized by secrecy, the neoconservatives’ was a ‘transparent cabal’ – oxymoronic as that term might be.”

    Continue at:

    Brownfeld’s review can also be found at:

    Transparent Cabal Website:

    Amazon listing of The Transparent Cabal:

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