Ed Note: Stephen J. Sniegoski, Ph.D. earned his doctorate in American history, with a focus on American foreign policy, at the University of Maryland. His focus on the neoconservative involvement in American foreign policy antedates September 11, 2001. His first major work on the subject, “The War on Iraq: Conceived in Israel” was published February 10, 2003, more than a month before the American attack. He is the author of The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel.

I have not read the book, yet, but if this book is as comprehensive as  Dr. Stephen Sniegoski’ says it is, then it will make a good weapon to carry into the battle.

Dr. Sniegoski

In the author’s own words, The Transparent Cabal examines a controversial, and in some respects, taboo subject: the role of the neoconservatives as the fundamental driving force in the Bush administration’s war on Iraq in 2003 and the subsequent militant American policy in the Middle East, and the neocons’ close relationship with the Israeli Likudnik Right. It marshals extensive evidence to illustrate that this foreign-policy blunder—of colossal proportions from the perspective of the American national interest—stems from the fact that the policy, pushed by the neoconservatives, was created to enhance the interests of a foreign country, namely Israel.  Such a thesis does not mean that the neoconservatives intentionally sought to aid Israel at the expense of the United States, but rather that they have seen American foreign policy through the lens of Israeli interest.

Dr. Sniegoski writes in an earlier article, written slightly before the March 2003 invasion, …the neocon agenda for the US was originally designed in Israel–“The War on Iraq:  Conceived in Israel.” See: http://www.thornwalker.com/ditch/conc_toc.htm Moreover, he says,  it shows how their agenda closely parallels the plan of the Israeli Right to destabilize and fragment into small ethno-sectarian statelets all of Israel’s major Middle Eastern enemies. While not focused on the neoconservative movement per se, the book reviews the background of the neoconservatives–their network and agenda–as it relates to the aforementioned foreign policy theme. What categorizes neoconservatives is not only their ideology but their interconnectedness in terms of organizations, publications, schooling, and even blood.  It is this tight network that has made them a powerful force in shaping American policy in the Middle East, concludes Dr. Sniegoski.

Below are excerpts from Reviews.  For more visit the Book’s website: http://home.comcast.net/~transparentcabal/

Bill and Kathleen Christison: Not a few honest political analysts have long recognized the tight relationship between the Israel-U.S. partnership and the disastrous Bush administration adventures throughout the Middle East, including its backing for Israel’s systematic oppression of the Palestinians. Stephen Sniegoski has had the persistence to ferret out mountains of impossible-to-challenge evidence that this Israel-U.S. connection is the driving force behind virtually all Middle East decisionmaking over the last eight years, as well as the political courage to write a book about it.

Sniegoski’s new book demonstrates clearly how U.S. and Israeli policies and actions with respect to Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the other Gulf states, and even most recently Georgia are all tied together in a bundle of interrelated linkages, each of which affects all the others. The right wing of Israeli politics, the
neoconservatives in the U.S. who strongly support Israel, and the aging Israel lobby in the United States all have worked together, and are still doing so, to bring about more wars, regime changes, and instability, specifically the fragmentation of any Middle Eastern states that might ever conceivably threaten Israel.

In addition, one purpose of such wars and other changes is explicitly to intensify the discouragement of Palestinians as the latter’s potential allies are knocked off one by one, making it easier for Israel, over time, to finish off the Palestinians. That’s the theory. Those who believe it is vital to improve the human rights situation and the political outlook for
the Palestinians must not only work to reverse present Israeli policies, but it is probably more important that we in the United States work even harder to reverse U.S. policies.

Israel Shamir: “Stephen Sniegoski follows the Rise and Rise of the Neocons, of the people who created Bin Laden, bombed Belgrade, gave you the Iraqi War and the Patriot Act; the people who boasted: “Creative destruction is our middle name”. Sniegoski reveals the hidden origins of this warlike sect that hijacked the only superpower” writes Israel Shamir http://www.israelshamir.net/English/Eng35

Phil Weiss of Mondoweiss Blog: I also like how straightforward Sniegoski is about the neocons’ Jewishness and Israel-centric agenda. Of course they’re Jewish, though there have been plenty of fellow travelers from across the religious aisle, he says. And Israel is not the be-all and end-all of their vision of foreign affairs, he says in fairness. But when it comes to the Middle East, they’re completely Israelcentric, and Likudnik. And so they placed American behind the colonization of the West Bank, for unexamined religious-nationalist reasons. Radical Menachem Begin’s putsch, after 30 years in the desert, transformed our politics too,” writes Phil Weiss at: http://www.philipweiss.org/mondoweiss/2008/06/douglas-feith-refused-to-appear-before-a-congressional-committee-yesterday-apparently-because-col-lawrence-wilkerson-was-al.html

Susan Modaress in her Press TV program Autograph“,- sits to talk with Dr. Stephen J Sniegoski on 01-04 2010 :


Read also:

President Petraeus: The Neocons’ Choice

Duel of the Machiavellians: Obama vs. Petraeus

Review: Israeli Exceptionalism – The Destabilizing Logic of Zionism

Israel: Strategic Ally or Liability?


  1. James Morris on the 18. Jul, 2010 remarked #

    Excellent URL about Stephen Sniegoski. See http://tinyurl.com/thetransparentcabal as well!

  2. Jeanne on the 27. Sep, 2010 remarked #

    Stephen Sniegoski’s book THE TRANSPARENT CABAL documents what I watched on cable TV for 1 entire year before the invasion of Iraq. For 1 solid year, neocons and Israelis such as Netanyahu, Pinkus (Israeli Counsel General to the UN) etc. campaigned for the invasion of Iraq. Netanyahu even met with Senators (arranged by Sen. Lieberman) urging war with Iraq. Thanks to Sniegoski for documenting this campaign for war — as people have a difficult time believing it.

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