The Role of Neoconservatives – and Israel’s Right Wing – in the War in Iraq

Brownfeld Review of Transparent Cabal

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


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.”

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Brownfeld’s review can also be found at:


Transparent Cabal Website

Amazon listing of The Transparent Cabal:


Press TV interview with Dr. Stephen Sniegoski (Author of ‘The Transparent Cabal’):

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