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The Transparent Cabal: The Neoconservative Agenda, War in the Middle East, and the National Interest of Israel Hardcover – Kindle eBook, September 1, 2008

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"This is a riveting book."  —Paul Craig Roberts, PhD, 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.), PhD

"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., PhD, 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, PhD, 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

About the Author

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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 447 pages
  • Publisher: Enigma Editions (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932528172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932528176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Roberta Gilbert on November 24, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Sniegoski's book, The Transparent Cabal, is a great gift to us all. A scholar of history, almost nothing he asserts is undocumented. In this shocking expose of events and actions that may turn out to be the undoing of America, he shows, among other things:
1. How a "figurehead" leader who is not really a leader and his administration, can be taken over by other interests, to our own detriment.
2. How not everyone in high office has the best interest of the USA at heart.
3. How a political party can be inflitrated and taken over so that its foundational viewpoints are not heard or listened to
4. How name-calling and smear can be very effective at stifling honest debate and the truth
5. How taking sides with other countries, surrendering our neutrality in world affairs is not a good idea
6. How national security has been threatened by the takeover.
This book should be read by every American. We cannot afford not to know what is in its pages.
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59 of 64 people found the following review helpful By W. Thomas McPherren on September 5, 2008
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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.
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102 of 115 people found the following review helpful By Dennis R. Jugan on August 28, 2008
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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 Zionists, and their close ties to the extremely conservative Likud Party in Israel.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Paul Sheldon Foote on January 26, 2010
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On January 27, 2005, [...] posted the remarks of Seymour Hersh (The New Yorker contributor) at the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York that a neoconservative cult had taken over the American government. Hersh hoped that future historians would document the fragility of American democracy by explaining how eight or nine neoconservatives were able to overcome easily the bureaucracy, the Congress, and the press. Stephen Sniegoski, in The Transparent Cabal, has provided a detailed history of how the neoconservative cult achieved the takeover.
Other books have stressed how the neoconservative ideology is contrary to traditional American values: Reclaiming the American Right (Justin Raimondo), America the Virtuous (Claes Ryn), Where the Right Went Wrong (Patrick Buchanan).
"Memoirs of a Trotskyist" in Neo-conservatism: The Autobiography of an Idea (Irving Kristol) provided a neoconservative account of the origins of neo-conservatism. Sniegoski noted correctly that the term neoconservative originated with leftists critical of their former comrades for attempting to infiltrate the Democratic and Republican parties. Thanks to leftists who call neoconservatives the ultra-right and to conservative dupes who think that anyone using a conservative label is a conservative, the neoconservative cancer has spread through the fragile American political body.
The neoconservatives do not represent the only case in American history of a small group attempting to take over America. The Plot to Seize the White House (Jules Archer) provided a detailed account of General Smedley Butler's testimony to Congress about a secret plot to overthrow President Franklin Roosevelt. Butler, a Republican, authored War is a Racket.
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