Stephen J. Sniegoski: The Transparent Cabal

The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel

Foreword by Paul Findley     Introduction by Paul Gottfried

Enigma Editions, 2008

Book Description:

The Transparent CabalAlthough 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.


“Absolutely essential.”  Mark Bruzonsky, former Washington rep., World Jewish Congress; founder,

“This is a riveting book.”  Paul Craig Roberts, Ph.D., syndicated columnist; former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury; and former associate editor, Wall Street Journal

“The time is right for an unvarnished examination of the origins, history, and agenda of the neoconservative policy bloc in Washington and in Tel Aviv. The Transparent Cabal helps to provide one.”  Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski, USAF (ret.), Ph.D.

“The timing of Dr. Sniegoski’s book could not be better. The only aspect of U.S. Middle East policy not in controversy is that no one knows what to do; Sniegoski’s book may help the debate break through this barrier.”  Joseph Douglass Jr., Ph.D., author, America the Vulnerable: The Threat of Chemical/Biological Warfare and Red Cocaine: The Drugging of America

“I have known Dr. Sniegoski for many years. He is a thorough researcher with a capacity for independent thought and the courage to advance and defend his analyses.”  Wayne S. Cole, Ph.D., professor emeritus, University of Maryland

“Sniegoski leaves no stone unturned in exposing the Israeli-neocon alliance and its catastrophic consequences in the Middle East. Timely and important, his book should provoke a much-needed debate about who truly benefits from current US policies in the region.”  Jonathan Cook, author, Israel and the Clash of Civilisations

“That the security of Israel has been central to the foreign-policy worldview of the neo-conservatives is one of the least discussed and most taboo aspects of the movement. Sniegolski has long been among the most dogged researchers who have tried to bring this to light.” Jim Lobe, Washington Bureau Chief, Inter Press Service (IPS).

“Sniegoski breaks new ground and pulls no punches in his analysis of the neocon-driven policies that brought about war with Iraq. He broadens the inquiry into many areas that desperately need sunshine and clarity.” Philip Giraldi, former CIA officer, partner in Cannistraro Associates, national security consultants, and contributing editor, The American Conservative

“Telling the truth in America today is more professionally risky than ever before, but happily Sniegoski couldn’t care less. His rendition of recent American history is utterly absorbing.”  Thomas Woods, Ph.D., New York Times bestselling author, The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History

“…a must read for anyone horrified by the disastrous course [neoconservatives] have set for U.S. policy.”  Kathy and Bill Christison, former CIA officials

“Sniegoski succeeds admirably in documenting the corrosive influence of the well-financed neoconservative lobby and its selling of a one-sided foreign policy to the Bush-Cheney administration.”  Rodrigue Tremblay, Ph.D., emeritus professor of economics and author of The New American Empire

“…required reading for all who wish to learn how American foreign policy has been hijacked, and who wish to reclaim it before it leads to another Middle East catastrophe.”  James C. Russell, Ph.D., author of Breach of Faith: American Churches and the Immigration Crisis 

“…devoted to saving the United States from an even worse mistake than its attack on Iraq. Patriots informed by this book will not be tricked into support of neocon war plans.”  Virginia Deane Abernethy, Ph.D., Professor Emerita of Psychiatry (Anthropology), Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

“[The] book contributes to an eventual [Iraq war] post mortem by laying out present-day politics that should be public knowledge.”  James Kalb, New York City lawyer and writer

About the Author:

Stephen J. Sniegoski, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in American history, with a focus on American foreign policy, at the University of Maryland. He has had articles published in The World & I, Modern Age, Current Concerns, Zeit-Fragen, Telos, The Occidental Quarterly, Arab News, The Last Ditch, and elsewhere on subjects such as communism, political philosophy, World War II, and the American war on Iraq. His focus on the neoconservative involvement in American foreign policy antedates September 11, and 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.

Paul Findley is a former Congressional Representative from Illinois, elected as a Republican to the eighty-seventh and the ten succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1961 – January 3, 1983). He was appointed to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (1983-1994). He is the author of The Federal Farm Fable; They Dare to Speak Out: People and Institutions Confront Israel’s Lobby; A. Lincoln: The Crucible of Congress; and Deliberate Deceptions: Facing the Facts about the U.S.-Israeli Relationship.

Paul Gottfried, Ph.D., is the Horace E. Raffensperger Professor of Humanities at Elizabethtown College and a member of the executive board of the Historical Society. He is also contributing editor for Chronicles and Telos, and is editor-in-chief of This World. In addition to being an Adjunct Scholar at the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Gottfried was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1984 and was recognized by Who’s Who in the World in 2000. He is the author of [etc. – readers of this blog will be familiar with him; if not, see the links on the Links page].

3 Responses to “Stephen J. Sniegoski: The Transparent Cabal”

  1. 1 Anton Stigermark February 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    En mycket välskriven och innehållsrik bok. Sniegoski medverkar annars med ett längre utdrag från TBC i Neo-CONNED-antologiernas andra volym. Även dessa ska framhållas som synnerligen läsvärda, inte minst för att det sannolikt är första och sista gången som Pat Buchanan, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein och Michael Jones kommer att framträda under samma baner.

    • 2 Jan Olof Bengtsson February 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Ja, i vissa avseenden är den väl rentav bättre än Walt & Mearsheimer (som jag också tänkte göra reklam för här så småningom).

      • 3 Anton Stigermark February 15, 2012 at 9:11 pm

        Ja, om jag inte har förstått saken fel, så ska TBC fungera som något av en uppföljare eller påbyggnad till The Israel lobby. Bra rekommendationer i övrigt, jag ser fram emot att få tid att läsa flera av böckerna du länkat.

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