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NEO-CONNED
Neo-Conned: The Neo-conservative Connection, written by Freydis

Additional content available in the paperback book The End of Zionism

[T]hree ways to be influential in American politics…make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets.” - Haim Saban

What is a Neo-Conservative?

Finding out who the neo-cons really are and the actual motivations and beliefs of the people and groups under that label is a necessary step in understanding America’s self-destructive foreign policy and putting the pieces together to form a coherent picture of the future and the greater scheme at work on world events.

Neo-conservative is a label applied to the marriage of convenience between three basic groups of theologically and ideologically driven lawyers, academics, politicians and millionaires that have a shared goal to influence and direct United States foreign policy. Now this group has found a common vehicle in enacting their agenda through the window of opportunity provided by a sympathetic Congress and President of the United States.

Neo-conservatism is where the theological and ideological goals of Evangelical and Fundamentalist Christians in America and the militant, conservative factions inside and outside Israel, as well as many Zionist sympathizers in both countries, overlap. Neo-conservatives have been around in various forms for decades, seeing a resurgence of influence during the Reagan administration and a lull during the elder Bush and Clinton administrations. The overt influence they exert may wax and wane but the neo-conservatives rarely take the blame for their own mistakes and are quite adept at deflecting responsibility and re-emerging in a slightly different form years later. They always come back because they never really disappear. They use a multitude of private organizations, lobbyist groups, and other superficially legitimate facades with benign titles, like the American Enterprise Institute, to influence policy-making and generally further their agenda; they are the very definition of a special interest group, hijacking democratic institutions to further a narrow agenda. The neo-Conservatives are not all the same but they do fall into three primary categories.

American Christian fundamentalists really believe that when the Israel of the Bible, which they interpret to mean the modern Zionist State of Israel, controls Babylon and the Holy Land in its entirety, among other things, then this series of events will usher in Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus which will whisk every Christian believer up to heaven while everyone else writhes in torment and warfare down on Earth. This view is taken from a literal interpretation of the fever-dream book of  Revelation in the New Testament of the Bible. President George W. Bush who considers himself a "born-again" Christian falls into this category. Many of the fundamentalist Christians under the neo-con label are actually anti-Semitic in the colloquial meaning of the phrase. Their alliance will appear ironic without an understanding of the apocalyptic Biblical theology they believe in that maintains the unrestricted Jewish claim to the Holy Land.  

These people have a visceral hatred for what they call 'secular humanism' and 'liberal values' that incorporate the opinions and concerns of the other side in the decision-making equation because this inclusive view of persons and events leads to appeasement and even nihilism, in their view. What they really mean is that the Christian fundamentalists hold an extremely self-righteous worldview, just as the Zionist neo-cons do, that would be mortally undermined by inclusion of alternative views and ideas. All neo-cons have a fundamentally black and white, right or wrong, Manichean view of reality that views world events as a battle between good and evil; this is clearly evident in the language and rhetoric used by President Bush in his speeches such as the 'axis of evil' and the war on terrorism as a 'battle between good and evil', etc.

The goal of the Jewish segment under the rubric of neo-conservatism is to use the military and economic might of the United States to preemptively attack and eliminate all challenges and threats, real and perceived, to the State of Israel and Jews wherever they live as well as the organizations and structures they use to maintain their wildly disproportionate influence on world-affairs. In this category Zionist is a much more apt description to employ for descriptive purposes than 'Jewish' or 'neo-con' because it accurately characterizes the mostly ideological drive of its constituents. Zionism is more ideological than theological but again has the same aim as the neo-cons namely to see a middle East totally dominated by the political, rather than religious, State of Israel that Zionism created. The Zionists are a much more pragmatic lot than the delusional Christian fundamentalists but they nonetheless fully exploit religious beliefs to further their pro-Israel agenda. Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle are just two neo-cons that fit into this category.

The ultra-conservative fringe element that isn't Christian or Zionist is on board the neo-conservative wagon to see the hegemonic influence of the United States undiluted and uninhibited by international institutions, standards, and oversight which is why they are such vociferous antagonists of the United Nations, weapons limitations, environmental protection agreements - basically any law or agreement that restricts the unilateral military and economic power, known by their codeword of 'sovereignty', of the United States. This faction of the neo-cons is primarily motivated by economic self-interest. They reject international rules and regulations because they interfere with predatory capitalism and the accumulation of unrestricted and irresponsible profits that they seek. They subscribe to the fractured belief common among American right-wing conservatives that 'if I can get richer then America is automatically made a better place'. Millionaires Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld likely fall into this category as well as the former UN ambassador John Bolton.

Thus the basic shared beliefs of the neo-cons are as follows:

  • Total blank-check support for the government of Israel

  • Hatred for the United Nations and all international rules that limit U.S. influence

  • A completely self-righteous view of reality that maintains all major events are a conflict between good and evil (we're always right and they're always wrong)

 Who Are the Neo-Conservatives?

Although many neo-conservatives come from deeply leftist backgrounds (many are even considered Trotskyites), this left-right discrimination only muddles the picture and serves to mask the consistency that is actually occurring. For example, during the years of the first Bush administration and then under Bill Clinton the foreign policy mantra was one of worldwide inclusion and multi-lateral efforts so neatly characterized by the large coalition of countries and agencies carefully sewn together for the first Gulf War attack on a recalcitrant Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Although the goal of disarming a threat to Israel remains the same the labels and methods have changed. Iraq has been attacked again but instead of a coalition it was unilateral. Similarly, today the buzzword of the moment is ‘neo-conservative’ as the power-players behind the scenes have bounced from the left and the multilateral efforts of the previous decade, towards the right and the unilateral might-makes-right efforts currently in vogue. The neo-cons have found a very convenient ally in the conservative, apocalypse-seeking fundamentalist Christian segment of the American public and this alliance of convenience has driven the name changes and superficial ideological shifts.

Neo-conservatives are primarily Jewish but they nonetheless represent a minority in the Jewish community because of their brazen, bumbling tactics but not necessarily in their slavish devotion to the State of Israel. Much of the mindset that drives the rampant and frantic unilateral military action characteristic of the neo-con foreign policy and typified by the foolish make-up-an-excuse and go-it-alone strategy of again invading Iraq under the W. Bush administration, is driven by the intense sense of fear and victimization associated with the Jewish Holocaust of World War II that has been incorporated into collective Jewish mythology as the Shoah. The fanatical desire to prevent another Holocaust is the excuse neo-cons use to justify their deleterious actions in their own minds.

Israel’s strategically calculated influence of U.S. foreign policy goes much deeper than left or right wing political platitudes. Although it is the product of decades of effort, today AIPAC is the apex of lobbyist power used to directly influence American policy and planning to benefit the government of Israel. No Senator, Congressman or President can criticize Israeli government policy or the official AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) views on Israel and world-events without incurring the full political career-killing wrath of their power through organization clout and direct influence of the mass media. Neo-con influence of the mass media is hastened by the assistance of numerous sympathetic opinion-editorial writers and editors in key media outlets. For example, several key newspapers influential to policy-makers such as the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Kristol's The Weekly Standard. There is nothing fantastic or special about the rise to power of the Israel lobby, it’s merely a testament to the synergy of strategic planning and organization coupled with a strong sense of collective identity that Jews share.

To put this into context when considering the influence of Jews keep in mind that the current population of the United States is 301 million and although the estimated Jewish population in the USA varies considerably by source 5.5 million is mid-range. So Jews make up 1.8% of the United States population. The current worldwide Jewish population is approximately 13 million and the total world population is currently estimated to be over 6.5 billion. That makes Jews 0.2% of the world population. The odds of gaining this kind of influence by accident seem to be astronomical.

The influence of Jews within the supposedly democratic political system of the United States is unmistakable and with the advent of the neo-cons acting in direct collusion with the Presidential administration of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney this influence has reached unprecedented levels. Congress will not do anything that AIPAC doesn’t approve of and with the President and Vice President as slavish supporters of the AIPAC agenda as well, little if any force exists within the U.S. government to reverse this trend.

It is true that the majority of Jews do not directly support the machination of the neo-cons, just as they don’t support the extreme right-wing religious-nationalist Zionist elements that are increasingly vocal within Israeli government and society that the neo-cons are aligned with. Yet, very few Jews publicly criticize or otherwise resist these fanatical segments that claim to speak for, and protect, the entire Jewish population! Silence is considered to mean consent and the silence from moderate and rational Jews on this issue is deafening. Similarly, if the State of Israel is a democracy then the characters elected to office in Israel are indicative of the current attitude of the Jewish electorate. Everyone should realize that the actions of the neo-cons and Zionism are just as detrimental to Jews in the long-term as it is to gentiles in the near term.

A Glossary of Persons and Groups Associated with Neo-Conservatism:

Aboul-Enein, Youssef  

Navy Lt. Commander, U.S. intelligence officer and Arabic specialist, a special assistant and translator to Luti.

 Abraham, S. Daniel

Made billions marketing ‘Slim-Fast’ diet products, co-founded Center for Middle East Peace & Economic Cooperation with former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens in 1989, and has served as the Center's Chairman since its inception; major funder for AIPAC, paid hush money to Steve Rosen as compensation for being fired from AIPAC in May 2005. [67]

Abrams, Elliott

[Jewish]

President Bush’s chief Middle East adviser on the National Security Council (NSC); unofficial White House liaison to Jewish community on Mid East issues; worked as legal counsel to senator Henry 'Scoop' Jackson (1912-83); convicted for false testimony in Iran Contra scandal; conservative views on Jewish identity, once stated: "Outside the land of Israel, there can be no doubt that Jews, faithful to the covenant between God and Abraham, are to stand apart from the nation in which they live. It is the very nature of being Jewish to be apart - except in Israel - from the rest of the population." [25] Condi Rice put Abrams in charge of Middle East policy, now deputy national security adviser 'in charge of the Middle East and democracy promotion'.

Addington, David  

Long time staffer for Cheney; close associate of John Bolton; against international law while promoting United States' unilateralism.  [18]

Adelson, Sheldon

[Jewish]

Billionaire casino mogul who owns Sands and Venetian casino/hotels, describes himself as “the richest Jew in the world”, funds Adelson Institute for Strategic Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, placed on the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations to the U.S. Trade Representative by President Bush in December 2007. [50], founder and financial backer of Freedom’s Watch, major supporter of AIPAC’s Israel tours for U.S. lawmakers, litigious, hates unions, on Board of Directors for the Republican Jewish Coalition, council member for US Holocaust Memorial Museum.  [49]

American Center for Democracy  

An office that seeks to align the foreign policy of the United States with that of Israel by using the establishment of ‘democracy’ as a cover story; Rachel Ehrenfeld president. [23]

American Enterprise Institute (AEI)  

Umbrella organization for multiple neo-conservative persons and projects including recruitment and propaganda; sponsors 'NGOWatch'; corporate backers include oil giant ExxonMobil.

American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)

“…consistently has ranked among the most powerful special-interest groups in the United States,” [2]

American Jewish Committee (AJC)  

Serves as the foreign office for the US-based Israel Lobby’s efforts; opened office in Brussels in 2004 to influence Europe. [60]

Arad, Uzi

[Jewish]

Former member, CIA liaison, and Director of intelligence for Mossad 1975-1997; Netanyahu’s foreign policy advisor; worked at Hudson Institute 1972-1975; met with Franklin at Pentagon cafeteria in 2004. [55]

Benador, Eleana

Founder and CEO of Benador Associates, a public relations and media propaganda company; markets neo-cons to the public; works with the Middle East Forum; clients include some of the nation's most fervid hawks, including Michael Ledeen, CharIes Krauthammer, Al Haig, Max Boot, Daniel Pipes, Richard Perle, and Judith Miller. "During the Iraq war, Benador's assignment was to embed this squadron of pro-war zealots into the national media, on talk shows, and op-ed pages." [48]

Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC)  

A small group associated with WINEP through foreign policy director Michael Makovsky, plans for disingenuous U.S. diplomacy with Iran to fail in order to justify war, participating members include Senator Tom Daschle. [53]

Bolton, John R.

[Christian]

Worked to block Iran-Contra criminal investigations; was in charge of the State Department's disarmament, proliferation, and WMD office; vociferous critic of the United Nations; nominated by W. Bush to be American ambassador to the UN; senior vice-president of AEI; activist in the Federalist Society; frequently criticized for politicizing intelligence. [10] On Iran, June 2007: "we have to look at: 1, overthrowing the regime and getting in a new one that won't pursue nuclear weapons; 2, a last-resort use of force."

Boot, Max Boot is a prolific writer that feeds his extreme jingoistic neo-con view to the opinion-editorial pages of major newspapers, signed the PNAC, Council on Foreign Relations member.
Colonel Bruner   Former military aide to Newt Gingrich, brought in by Luti, funneled in bad info from Chalabi, acted as Chalabi’s handler.
Bryen, Dr. Stephen

[Jewish]

 

Worked as consultant to AIPAC, staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee but forced to resign after getting caught transferring secrets to AIPAC and a Mossad agent [8], worked with Perle. “Served as head of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), a group dedicated to promoting strategic ties between the US and Israel and one in which Perle, Feith and Ledeen have long been active.” [1]

Campus Watch  

Campus Watch is an operation connected to the Middle East Forum that seeks to expose criticism of Israel and Israeli government policies in academia.

Center for Security Policy (CSP)  

Created by Frank Gaffney in 1988 with the slogan “To promote world peace through American strength”. [24]

Chalabi, Ahmad

Ran Iraqi National Congress (INC) exile group, accused of siphoning information off to Iran and cut-out of the loop, fled Baghdad at the age of 13, in 1958, accused of bank fraud, embezzlement, and currency manipulation, invited by Perle to address the Defense Policy Board.

Cheney, Dick

[Christian]

Former Vice President, had ties to OSP through Luti
Cheney, Elizabeth (Liz)  

Dick Cheney's daughter, lawyer and former deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs, headed State Department’s Middle East ‘democracy-promotion’ effort from 2002 to 2004,  expressed militant neo-con views and fervent desire of U.S. government to launch attack on Iran as soon as possible at AIPAC conference June 2008, 'Visiting Fellow' at AEI.

Christians United for Israel (CUFI) A Christian Zionist lobbying group started in 2006 by Pastor John Hagee of Texas.
Clawson, Patrick   Chief Iran analyst at the Washington Institute For Near East Policy (WINEP).
Cohen, Ariel

[Jewish]

Primarily a self-proclaimed expert on Russia and Central Asia issues at the conservative Heritage Foundation but he's also vocal on Arab/Palestinian issues always with the typical neo-con slant: pro-war, pro-empire, pro-Israel.

Cohen, Eliot A.   

Associated with the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, Project for the New American Century, and the Defense Policy Board.

Commentary  

Influential magazine extolling Neo-Con viewpoint; edited by Norman Podhoretz since 1960. [60]

Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
(CAMERA)
  Considered to be a source of extremist pro-settler Israeli propaganda.
Committee on the Present Danger (CPD)   Neo-conservative lobby group
Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Israel Lobby umbrella group that coordinates actions for manipulating U.S. government and social policy to favor the opinions and goals of right-wing Israeli interests; current 'marching orders' expressed through the CPMAJO's Daily Alert publication; revealing list: <member organizations>.

Counter - terrorism Evaluation Group   [see entry under Douglas Feith]
Crouch II, Dr. J.D.

[Christian ?]

Hawkish, low-visibility but influential on Bush and Cheney serving as Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser, specializes in evading and undermining arms-control agreements, advocated military action against Cuba and nuclear strikes against North Korea, promotes U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, consistent supporter of Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy.

Daily Alert  

Key publication expressing the current 'marching orders' for Zionism from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Ehrenfeld, Rachel  

President of the American Center for Democracy, an office that seeks to align the foreign policy of the United States with that of Israel by using the establishment of ‘democracy’ as a cover story. [23]

Federalist Society   Association of ultra-conservative lawyers working to undermine International law as it applies to the United States; sponsors 'NGOWatch'. [10]
Feith, Douglas

[Jewish]

Lawyer, Under Secretary, Pentagon #3, consultant for Likud party of Israel, “Feith's office enjoyed especially close links with Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I Lewis Libby, to whom it "stovepiped" its analyses without having them vetted by professional intelligence analysts in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the DIA, or the State Department Bureau for Intelligence of Research (INR).” and “…served as a Middle East analyst in the National Security Council in the administration of former president Ronald Reagan (1981-89).” [1] Publicly opposed the Biological Weapons Convention, CW, ABM and nuclear weapons treaties and Oslo accord. [8] Feith was once described by General Tommie Franks as "the fucking stupidest guy on the face of the Earth." Oversaw the Counterterrorism Evaluation Group that produced a classified report linking Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, a conclusion debunked by reputable analysts. [21]

 Fishman, Richard   AIPAC's managing director, under FBI investigation in the Franklin case. [13]
Forbes, Steve

[Christian]

Operates business magazine Forbes, ran for President in 1996 and 2000, has promoted harsh conservative social and economic policies, worth nearly half a billion dollars, constantly pushes his ‘flat-tax’ plan, supports expanded U.S. military that acts unilaterally, and of course an emphatic supporter of Israel. Forbes' neo-con viewpoint explains why he was a founding member of the Project for the New American Century.

Foreign Policy Initiative   Co-founded in 2009 by William Kristol and Robert Kagan.
Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)  

Created September 13, 2001, as the World Trade Center towers were still smoldering, FDD claims to be a non-partisan 'think tank' acting to preserve American democracy. Yet, as is so often the case with these groups despite the noble ideals on the masthead the actual agenda is of the Neo-conservative flavor as indicated by a slavishly pro-Israel stance (particularly favoring Israel's Likud party), distinctive anti-Islam discourse, and a tendency to package everything they dislike under the loaded term 'terrorism'. Despite the hollow platitudes FDD is simply yet another public relations office working to boost support for Israel in the United States.
Senator Joseph Lieberman, recently defeated in the Connecticut primary election, is listed on the FDD biographies webpage as a "distinguished adviser", while other people on the list include Kirkpatrick, Kristol, Perle, and many more.

Foxman, Abraham

[Jewish]

National director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) “…one of the largest Jewish organizations in North America.” and "The one clear fact that can be agreed upon is that there was a malicious and targeted leak that is more damaging than the actual allegations of Israeli spying - allegations that in all likelihood are baseless," Abraham Foxman. [3]

Franklin, Lawrence A.

[Christian]

U.S. citizen Larry Franklin worked in the Near East and South Asia office of the Pentagon and in the Office of Special Plans (OSP) under the authority of Douglas Feith. Franklin gave highly-classified information about Iran to Israeli agents operating under cover of the lobbyist front AIPAC. This espionage was discovered, an investigation was launched by the FBI, Franklin admitted guilt on trial in 2005, then was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison in 2006. The two Israeli agents that Franklin gave the secrets to, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weismann, have been under official investigation as well. Franklin has been described as a “devout Christian” [4]

Freedom's Watch  

Propaganda machine started in August 2007 to maintain political support for continuing the war on Iraq, on “terrorism”, Iran, etc.; works closely with the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) and AEI. Key founder and financial backer: billionaire Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation; key operators include Matt Brooks, head of the RJC, and Ari Fleischer, former mouthpiece for W. Bush administration. [47] As a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization can legally spend unlimited amounts of money in an election if promoting an issue and not a candidate. [50]

Freilich, Chuck

[Jewish]

 

Former Israeli deputy national security adviser, senior fellow at Harvard University's Belfer Center on Science and Int’l Affairs, pushes for U.S. war on Iran.

Frum, David

[Jewish]

Former speechwriter for George W. Bush; notable accomplishments include the ‘Axis of Evil’ speech lumping three disparate nations into one singular threat to America; member of AEI; in 2003 co-authored book An End to Evil with Perle. Frum’s vision for a new world order is startling to say the least, he recommends that Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore join NATO and that Japan should build nuclear weapons to scare China into submission. [26]

Gaffney, Frank

Worked as an aide to Richard Perle undermining arms control agreements, among other things. Referred to as “Perle's Bulldog” in the Dep’t of Defense. Gaffney is a prolific writer who feverishly pushes the need to expand the United States’ military and to use that force against countries that won't support American interests throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East. Founded the Center for Security Policy (CSP) in 1988 with the slogan “To promote world peace through American strength”. [24]

Ghorbanifar, Manichur  

Iranian Arms dealer, “In December 2001, Rhode and Franklin met in Europe with a shadowy Iranian arms dealer, Manichur Ghorbanifar, who, along with Ledeen, played a central role in the arms-for-hostages deal involving the Reagan administration, Israel and Iran in the mid-1980s that became known as the "Iran-Contra Affair." [1]

Gilon, Naor

[Jewish]

 

Accused of receiving classified information from Franklin; number two diplomat at the Israeli embassy in Washington.

Gingrich, Newt

Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, often had meetings with Luti, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, member of the Committee on the Present Danger, former member of Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies member.

Hagee, Pastor John

[Christian]

A tireless Israel-boosting apocalypse-seeking preacher, Hagee leads the 18,000-member Cornerstone Church in San Antonio Texas, founded lobbyist group Christians United for Israel (CUFI), has stated that "The end of the world as we know it is rapidly approaching," and "The United States must join Israel in a pre-emptive military strike against Iran to fulfill God's plan for both Israel and the West... a biblically prophesied end-time confrontation with Iran, which will lead to the Rapture, Tribulation [...] and [the] Second Coming of Christ." [41]

Hannah, John P.  

Main White House contact with Ahmad Chalabi's  INC, worked closely with Harold Rhode, senior fellow and deputy director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy a group founded by AIPAC to influence policy-makers. [18]

The Heritage Foundation  

Founded by Paul Weyrich and Edwin Feulner with the financial backing of beer baron Joseph Coors, major supporter of Reagan and Bush W administrations and associated panoply of social and military crusades, pioneered a new role for think-tanks by dropping objective research in favor of partisan rhetoric and active manipulation of government policy, called a ‘propaganda mill’ that spends half its $40 million budget on marketing, corporate donors are reported to include Scaife, GM, Ford, Proctor & Gamble, Chase Manhattan Bank, Dow Chemical, Mobil Oil, and Smith Kline.

Horowitz, David

[Jewish]

Horowitz is the classic neo-con; supported radical leftists during the social turmoil of the 60s then did a whiplash inducing shift in ideology to the far right beginning in the 70s. Regardless of the rhetoric the continuing theme throughout Horowitz’s career is an unquestioning support for Israel using whatever means most popular at the moment to push a Zionist agenda. His hot-buttons include supposed censorship of conservative (meaning pro-Zionist and anti-Palestinian) speech at U.S. universities; uses DiscoverTheNetworks.com to attack hated leftists (unions, anti-war activists, etc.); co-founder of Horowitz Freedom Center; editor or NewsMax and FrontPage mag, collected 2005 salary of $352,647 from his Horowitz Center sponsored by Sarah Scaife, Bradley, and Olin foundations. More at: David Horowitz Profile.

The Hudson Institute  

Founded by Herman Kahn, an infamous and enthusiastic advocate for nuclear warfare, The Hudson Institute has now been eclipsed in influence by AEI but was once the equivalent neo-con factor in U.S. politics, currently focuses on security issues, leadership has ties to right-wing pro-Israel groups such as Hudson’s chairman of the board Walter P. Stern who is vice president of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a director of the America-Israel Friendship League.

Indyk, Martin

Jewish

 

Influential Middle East adviser to President Bill Clinton, founded Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP), research director for AIPAC, director of Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brooking’s Institute [50].

Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies (IASPS)  

IASPS is a think-tank based in Jerusalem, most famous for producing the notorious 1996 document ‘A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm’ that pressured the Israeli government to dump the peace process and adopt an aggressive posture in favor of attacking neighboring states like Syria and Iraq, Douglas Feith and Richard Perle helped write the 'Clean Break' paper.

Iraqi National Congress  

Founded in 1992 with the help of a CIA-connected public-relations firm called the Rendon Group. [5]

Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)

JINSA is an advocacy group for military cooperation and sponsorship of Israel by the United States, started by Stephen and Shoshana Bryen, Michael Ledeen was the first executive director, Richard Perle is a member of JINSA’s Board of Advisers and a spokesman.

J Street  

Advocacy group for Israeli interests that intentionally takes moderate posture in comparison to the majority of Israel Lobby groups. J Street aims to preserve the disproportionate Jewish influence in the US through reform and moderation of overt lobbying efforts.

Kagan, Frederick W.

[Jewish]

 

Associated with PNAC's production, promotes American sponsored wars and a vastly expanded military for the United States as well as the federal spending to go along with it, brother of Robert Kagan, ‘Kagan’ is the Russian equivalent for ‘Cohen’ in English.

Kagan, Robert

[Jewish]

Analyst at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; started Project for the New American Century with William Kristol in 1997 [22], appointed by Elliott Abrams to lead Office of Public Diplomacy in mid 80s to promote support for the Contras in Nicaragua, brother of Frederick Kagan, ‘Kagan’ is the Russian equivalent for ‘Cohen’ in English.

Keep America Safe   Co-founded in 2009 by William Kristol and Elizabeth (Liz) Cheney.
King, Aryeh

[Jewish]

 

Founder of Israel Land Fund that uses deception to buy land from Arabs and Palestinians for use by Jewish settlers, stating: "Most of the time, the people have no idea that it is going to Jews until the day they move in, and then it is too late”; close confidant of Florida billionaire Irving Moskowitz; believes in Jerusalem that excludes all non-Jews: "I've heard people say Jerusalem is for everyone, but it is not. Jerusalem is for the Jews, and we need to stop apologizing about this." [64]

Kirkpatrick, Jeane

[Christian]

  Works for the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)
Kohr, Howard   AIPAC's executive director, under FBI investigation in the Franklin case. [13]
Kovner, Bruce

[Jewish]

Chairman of the American Enterprise Institute, chairman of the hedge fund Caxton Associates, Forbes ranked as 85th richest American [42], uses wealth to support the New York Sun newspaper, AEI, influence politicians, and bankroll special interest groups.

 Krauthammer, Charles

[Jewish]

  Neo-con op-ed columnist
Kristol, William (Bill)

[Jewish]

 

Weekly Standard editor; started Project for the New American Century with Robert Kagan in 1997 [22]; board of trustees member at Manhattan Institute.

Ledeen, Michael

[Jewish]

Member of American Enterprise Institute (AEI), has consulting firm 'Benador Associates', on JINSA Board of Advisors with Bryen, consultant for OSP [8] “Since the Iraq war, Feith's office has also lobbied hard within the US government for a confrontational posture vis-a-vis Iran and Syria, including actions aimed at destabilizing both governments - policies which, in addition to the ousting of Saddam, have been strongly and publicly urged by prominent, hardline neo-conservatives, such as Perle, Feith and Perle's associate at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Michael Ledeen, among others.” [1]

Libby (Liebowitz), Lewis 'Scooter'

[Jewish]

Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, worked as a liaison between Feith's Pentagon policy office that extracted one-sided, unverified intelligence, and VP Dick Cheney via the White House. Libby was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice but had his prison sentence commuted by President George W. Bush. Libby is suspected of being an intelligence agent working for Israel's Mossad.

Lieberman, Senator Joe

[Jewish]

Vocal advocate for military action against Iraq and Iran, labeled the neo-conservative Democrat but aligns with Republicans on foreign policy, member of the Committee on the Present Danger, the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq, adviser to the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

Lipsky, Seth

[Jewish]

Neo-con, runs the New York Sun “a paper that functions as a journalistic SWAT team against individuals and institutions seen as hostile to Israel and Jews,” supposedly a popular read in the ‘think-tank’ crowd. The Sun loses $1 million a month but continuous funding is provided by rich backers. Lipsky’s heroes include Ronald Reagan, “Ze'ev Jabotinsky (the militant Zionist who admired Mussolini), Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon”, founding editor of the Forward newspaper called “the bible for the Yiddish-speaking masses of Manhattan's Lower East Side.” [42]

Lowell, Abbe   DC lawyer hired to defend AIPAC, defends Rosen in Franklin case.
Luti, William  

Protégé of Newt and aide in 1996, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Near East affairs, ran cell Office of Special Plans, or OSP inside Pentagon with Wolfowitz and Feith, Luti came to the Pentagon from the office of Vice President Cheney, retired Navy captain.

Luttwak, Edward

[Jewish]

Currently a Senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), served as a consultant to Office of the Secretary of Defense, National Security Council, Department of State, and the U.S. military. Edward Luttwak is a notorious freestyle historian and another ‘expert’ on war and international relations, a real piece of work even for the genre with plenty of ‘solutions’ that are great for everyone else but would never apply to anyone he cared about. Luttwak displays the startlingly misapplied intelligence so characteristic of many neo-cons and think-tank spawned advisors that morph from obscure bookish analysts into outspoken advocates that write op-ed pieces and haunt the Sunday morning  TV talk-shows to sell the public and the politicians on self-defeating policies. Luttwak is currently promoting the incitement of ethnic strife and internal divisions inside Iran as a 'solution' to regional problems for the U.S. government. [39]

Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation  

Funds the Project for the New American Century, the American Enterprise Institute, and the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC). [14]

Maloof, F. Michael   Former aide to Perle in 1980s Pentagon, twice stripped of security clearance.
Manhattan Institute

‘Think tank’ for influencing political decision-making to favor conservative policies; heavy influence of lawyers and wealthy investors; writes policy script for presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani; see also William Kristol, Paul Singer.

Middle East Media Research Institute
(MEMRI)
 

Poses as research institute while translating Arabic, Turkish, Persian, and other Middle Eastern languages in order to spin a pro-Israel view of events; frequently criticized for taking words out of context and distorting statements.

Middle East Forum  

The Middle East Forum is a self-described think-tank that crafts information to direct the Middle East foreign policy of the United States towards serving the interests of Israel; “a fanatically pro-Zionist white paper mill”. [48] See also: Eleana Benador.

Moskowitz, Irving

[Jewish]

Irving Moskowitz is a millionaire and ardent Zionist who gained riches buying and selling hospitals and running bingo gambling halls; converted gambling business into tax-free charitable organ that uses cash to fund neo-con organizations in the US like the Hudson Institute, AEI, JINSA, and CSP, and illegal settlement groups in Israel; wife Cherna has promoted assassination of ‘pro-peace’ Israeli leaders.

NGO Monitor  

Israel-based group that launched attack in 2009 on New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) in wake of Israeli assault on Gaza and subsequent reporting of Israeli war crimes and atrocities against Palestinians, with the aim of discrediting HRW and similar independent organizations critical of Israel; works with AIPAC; supported by Elie Wiesel who is on NGO Monitor’s advisory board. [61]

Office of Special Plans (OSP)  

Rigged planning cell; not officially part of the intelligence community and is thus immune to congressional oversight.

Perle, Richard

[Jewish]

Worked as chairman of Defense Policy Board (DPB); Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy during Reagan era; worked at AEI; once aide to Senator Henry Jackson; in 2003 co-authored book An End to Evil with Frum.

Pipes, Daniel

[Jewish]

Rabid and prolific pro-Israel, anti-Islam writer and speaker; connected to the Middle East Forum;  advises  Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Middle East affairs.

Pletka, Danielle

Prominent and outspoken member of AEI, continually promoting war on Iraq, aggression against Iran, torture as state policy, and similar neo-con views. Australian born, member of Committee on the Present Danger, gained experience manipulating U.S. Middle East foreign policy working with Senator Jesse Helms on Senate Intelligence Committee, signatory member of Project for the New American Century.

Podhoretz, Norman

[Jewish]

  Described as the godfather of neo-conservativism; published book in 2007 titled World War IV: The Long Struggle Against Islamofascism.
Project for the New American Century
(PNAC)
  Center for the neo-conservative vision. Sets out plans for expanding and exploiting United States military power to further the neo-con agenda around the world. [15]
Rhode, Harold   Colleague of Feith, ”…once described himself as Deputy Secretary of State Paul Wolfowitz's chief adviser on Islam.” [1] speaks Hebrew, Arabic, Turkish, and Farsi.
Rice, Condoleezza

[Christian]

Secretary of State, has close ties to AIPAC and speaks at their meetings.

Rosen, Steven

[Jewish]

Former director of foreign policy issues at AIPAC. Public scrutiny forced AIPAC to cut Rosen from staff.

Rosenberg, Joel C.

[Christian, Jewish background]

Has worked with Steve Forbes, Rush Limbaugh, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Natan Sharansky, the Heritage Foundation, and many other neo-cons, Formed the consulting company November Communications, written several novels about events in the Middle East based on Biblical prophecies, popular with Christians and Jews, see Epicenter book review below.

Ross, Dennis

[Jewish]

 

WINEP fellow, supports push for a U.S. war on Iran, adviser to Obama, Middle East envoy for President George HW Bush and Bill Clinton.

Rumsfeld, Donald

[Christian]

Former Secretary of Defense responsible for  the actions of the Defense Department.
Saban, Haim

[Jewish]

"I'm a one-issue guy and my issue is Israel"; billionaire Hollywood media boss, made fortune importing cartoons like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers; founder and money behind the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute where he’s on the Board of Trustees, and the Saban Institute for the Study of the American Political System at the University of Tel Aviv; involved in spy scandal with Congresswoman Jane Harman, once said: “three ways to be influential in American politics…make donations to political parties, establish think tanks, and control media outlets.” Major funding source for AIPAC. [66]

Schmitt‚ Gary  

Executive director of the Project for the New American Century, wrote book called Silent Warfare with Shulsky.

 Sharansky, Natan

[Jewish]

Dedicated Zionist, idolized by neo-cons, Carter and Reagan got Sharansky out of the USSR in spy deal, immediately goes to Israel and becomes active with extreme views and multiple roles in Israeli government, advocates sole Jewish control over Jerusalem and no peace deals with neighbors, wrote book: The Case for Democracy: The Power of Freedom to Overcome Tyranny & Terror, calls U.S. policy a continuum with his friends Abrams, Perle, Feith, Libby, and Wolfowitz all connected through either Senator ‘Scoop’ Jackson or the Reagan administration, Bush’s terrorism speech rhetoric drawn from Sharansky’s own words, board member at Peace Watch, chairman of Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism (CFCA), more < here >.

Shulsky,
Abram N.

[Jewish]

 

Director of OSP, Senate intelligence committee staffer for Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, wrote book called Silent Warfare with Schmitt.

Singer, Paul E.

[Jewish]

 

Former corporate lawyer, now the secretive billionaire owner of Elliott Associates hedge fund, started ‘vulture’ style investment funds buying up debt from poor countries and then through lawsuits and interest payments collecting more than the original amount of the loan; funds Rudolph Giuliani’s presidential campaign; Giuliani’s senior policy adviser on the Middle East; advocates bombing Iran, active use of U.S. military force and supporting Israel; JINSA board member [46]; Manhattan Institute trustee.

StandWithUs
AKA
Israel Emergency Alliance
 

Israeli government propaganda outlet, also called Israel Emergency Alliance for tax purposes, biggest donor since 2005 is Susan Wexner at $850,000. [59]

Stern, Walter P.

[Jewish]

Chairman of the Hudson Institute, Vice President of The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, and a director of the America-Israel Friendship League. Major funding source for AIPAC. [66]

The Israel Project (TIP)

Founded by Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, The Israel Project (TIP) is yet another front organization manipulating U.S. policy-makers with its donor-based cash machine while promoting Israel as a paragon of peace, equality, and … you know the routine; headquarters in Jerusalem and Washington DC; TIP slogan: “We fight the war of words and images to make our global Jewish family safer.” What’s notable about TIP is the board of advisors that includes Senators Chambliss (R-GA), Coleman, (R-MN), Nelson (D-FL), Santorum (R-PA), Spector (R-PA), Wyden (D-OR), and Representatives Andrews (D-NJ), Berkley (D-NV), Davis (R-VA), Engel (D-NY), Pallone (D-NJ), Porter (R-NV), Saxton (R-NJ), Sherman (D-CA), Wilson (R-SC). Robert and Yadelle Sklare are listed as funding TIP Jerusalem.

Transatlantic Institute (TAI)  

Founded by the AJC in 2004; intended as a vehicle for pushing US neo-con influence onto European audiences, aims to shift Europe towards total support of Zionist Israel. [60]

Washington Institute for Near East
Policy

A 'think tank' founded by Martin Indyke and AIPAC in the mid 1980s to influence federal policy-makers. See also: John P. Hannah [18] and the Hudson Institute.

Weissman, Keith  

Senior Middle East analyst at AIPAC and Iran specialist. Public scrutiny forced AIPAC to cut Weissman from staff.

Wexner, Susan

[Jewish]

 

Wexner family founded ‘The Limited’ operates store brands like Victoria's Secret, Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel, C. O. Bigelow, The White Barn Candle Company and La Senza. Funds StandWithUs, MEMRI, CAMERA, and FDD. Susan Wexner helps fund the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD). [59]

Wolfowitz, Paul

[Jewish]

Former Deputy Secretary of the Department of Defense in Bush administration, created Pentagon unit to manage all military counter-intelligence operations called Counter Intelligence Field Activity (CIFA) later accused of domestic spying [20], moved into position as President of World Bank. “[I]t is hard to conceive that it would take more forces to provide stability in post-Saddam Iraq than it would take to conduct the war itself and to secure the surrender of Saddam’s security forces and his army - hard to imagine."  - Paul Wolfowitz to a Congressional committee in 2003.

Woolsey, James

[Christian]

Former CIA director, co-chairs the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), member of (and advisor to) Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), Chairman of Freedom House, advisor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), advocates war on Iraq, Iran and Syria, pro-nuclear weapons and U.S. missile dominance, multiple business interests like Benador Associates, is the VP for defense industry consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Wurmser, David

[Jewish]

Director of Middle East studies for AEI, recruited by Feith and Rhode to be Pentagon consultant, wanted U.S. support for the Iraqi National Congress (INC), spent years calling for a pre-emptive invasion of Baghdad senior adviser to Undersecretary of State John Bolton [5], wrote 1999 book: ‘Tyranny's Ally: America's Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein’, married to Meyrav Wurmser.

Wurmser, Meyrav

[Jewish]

Director of the Center for Middle East Policy at the Hudson Institute, stated that neo-cons used their influence in the Bush administration to block UN pressure to halt Israel's attacks on Hezbollah and Lebanon during the short 2006 war that ultimately ended in retreat after Israel failed to achieve the publicly stated military and political objectives: "The neo-cons are responsible for the fact that Israel got a lot of time and space ... They believed that Israel should be allowed to win." [35], married to David Wurmser.

Zakheim, Dr. Dov

[Jewish]

The Pentagon's chief financial officer from 2001 to 2004, signed Project for the New American Century, currently (2006) a vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. ''In 2003, I don't think anybody predicted it [the war on Iraq] would go as long as World War II and the wear and tear on equipment would be as intense.'' [32]

Zelikow, Philip David

Neo-con architect for the takeover of US government by a supreme executive authority based on a catastrophic terrorist event (i.e. 9-11) and the subsequent use of US military power to serve Israel’s agenda; member of Condi Rice’s National Security Council transition team from 2000-2001; member of Bush’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board from 2001-2003; principal author of the 2002 US National Security Strategy emphasizing war on Israel’s neighbors. [54]

Zell, L. Marc  

Former law partner with Feith, served as a spokesman in Israel for the Jewish settler movement on the occupied West Bank.

Zionist Organization of America

Self description: “fighting for the Jewish people and the Land of Israel”; works to expunge criticism of Israel and Zionism from public discourse while expanding ties between Israel and the United States, billionaire Sheldon Adelson a major funder.

Zoellick, Robert

[Jewish]

W. Bush administration’s deputy secretary of state, former U.S. trade representative, vice chairman of international operations at investment bank Goldman Sachs, former consultant for the Enron corporation, current president of World Bank; pushes hard for ‘free trade’ agreements with particular focus on poor and developing countries.

Another interesting characteristic the neo-cons share is that they are almost universally male; this may not be a defining feature but it is a common element. This fact may explain the adversarial, uncooperative, zero-sum attitude of the neo-con view, one that is often fostered by a sense of powerlessness and victimization in life - a typically masculine, emotionally stunted and self-destructive interpretation of history as a series of events where the 'strong' mercilessly exploit the 'weak' for their own personal gain.

The neo-conservatives are a grave danger to the well-being of the United States, its citizens and the world population in general because this cabal does not seek the greater public good in their actions, their goals do not allow for the needs, views and interests of others but is rather a unilateralist view of reality that is as self-serving as it is exclusive. The neo-cons, regardless of the current label they use to describe their ideology, are fundamentally authoritarian, dictatorial, and non-democratic and this can be detected in their actions even if not in their rhetoric for every regime they sponsor must ultimately fit that form in order to gain the influence and outcome they desire.

These self-defined elite do not accept the views and ideas of opponents or outsiders, that militants and terrorists may have legitimate grievances rooted in injustice and poverty, for instance, or the fact that the neo-cons themselves may be wrong! The greatest threat the neo-cons face while implementing their nefarious agenda is simple public exposure and a basic, coherent public understanding of who they are and what they plan to do.

The right's think tanks know how to ventilate their views. The Heritage Foundation publishes hundreds of books, monographs and studies annually, with complimentary copies mailed to journalists across the country Heritage's 95-96 Guide to Public Policy Experts lists some 1,800 policy wonks and 250 policy groups that "share our commitment to public policies based on free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense." The cross-referenced guide provides deadline-weary journalists with cooperative specialists in dozens of areas, ranging from "intelligence and counter-terrorism" to "wildlife management" and "bilingual education.”

Think-tank scholars make money on the side by renting themselves out to public relations firms and lobbyists looking for "independent" supporters of their clients' viewpoints. One PR industry rep. describes his technique in the following way:

"I call up an "expert," feign interest in his or her work, confirm that it's consistent with the industry viewpoint and then seek to strike a deal," normally for either a study or an appearance at a press event. "We don't say that we want an industry mouthpiece, but that's what it amounts to—and they know it. There are many people in this town who are willing to prostitute themselves and their work." This person recalls asking the conservative economist Murray Weidenbaum, former head of Reagan's Council of Economic Advisers, to appear at a media briefing on behalf of an industry group. Weidenbaum said he was very busy, but would try to squeeze in half a day if the PR firm would pony up $15,000—about three times the normal rate paid to industry flacks. From: End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate, by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, p. 27-28, 2007.


The NEO-CONnections Map

Practical truth is the composite picture that emerges from elements within the broadest possible awareness of facts and events. Click here to view the NEO-CONnections chartThis leads to a conundrum because understanding requires that the requisite information be as refined and concise as possible, thus effective communication is really not so much what is known but rather the form of presentation. So in order to better understand the dynamics of this event I created a map (click on the graphic for a larger view) of connections between persons and groups built entirely from publicly accessible news sources. It turned out slightly more complicated than I'd planned but it does reveal some startling implications nonetheless. The direct connections between Franklin and his VIP superiors remains unclear at this time and it’s completely possible that Franklin is simply a rogue acting entirely on his own, but since no motive is evident it begs the question. The Israelis certainly deemed Franklin important enough to dedicate their second in command diplomat to handle the information transfer, whatever exactly that information was.


The Israel Lobby Explained

An  eye-opening and carefully researched report was recently published detailing the involvement of AIPAC and other Israel lobby groups to manipulate and influence United States foreign policy. Prepared by two tenured academics, John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt, The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy explains the connections between the neo-conservatives and the war on Iraq, among other things. This is something to seriously consider given the current talk of war against another one of Israel's enemies, Iran. A few excerpts from the report are listed below. You can read the entire document from the original source <here> or if that's unavailable, a local copy  <here>. 22.04.06

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy

It is AIPAC itself, however, that forms the core of the Lobby’s influence in Congress. AIPAC’s success is due to its ability to reward legislators and congressional candidates who support its agenda, and to punish those who challenge it. Money is critical to U.S. elections (as the recent scandal over lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s various shady dealings reminds us), and AIPAC makes sure that its friends get strong financial support from the myriad pro-Israel political action committees. Those seen as hostile to Israel, on the other hand, can be sure that AIPAC will direct campaign contributions to their political opponents. AIPAC also organizes letter-writing campaigns and encourages newspaper editors to endorse pro-Israel candidates. [page 17]

The bottom line is that AIPAC, which is a de facto agent for a foreign government, has a stranglehold on the U.S. Congress. Open debate about U.S. policy towards Israel does not occur there, even though that policy has important consequences for the entire world. [page 18]

The neoconservatives were already determined to topple Saddam before Bush became President. They caused a stir in early 1998 by publishing two open letters to President Clinton calling for Saddam’s removal from power. The signatories, many of whom had close ties to pro-Israel groups like JINSA or WINEP, and whose ranks included Elliot Abrams, John Bolton, Douglas Feith, William Kristol, Bernard Lewis, Donald Rumsfeld, Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, had little trouble convincing the Clinton Administration to adopt the general goal of ousting Saddam. [page 32]

Moreover, the Lobby’s campaign to squelch debate about Israel is unhealthy for democracy. Silencing skeptics by organizing blacklists and boycotts—or by suggesting that critics are anti-Semites—violates the principle of open debate upon which democracy depends. The inability of the U.S. Congress to conduct a genuine debate on these vital issues paralyzes the entire process of democratic deliberation. Israel’s backers should be free to make their case and to challenge those who disagree with them. But efforts to stifle debate by intimidation must be roundly condemned by those who believe in free speech and open discussion of important public issues. [page 41]


Neo-Con Plan to Exploit Iraq's Shiites Backfired

The U.S. policy decisions that led to the sectarian war can be traced back to the conviction of a group of right-wing zealots with close ties to Israel's Likud Party that overthrowing the Saddam Hussein regime in Iraq would not destabilise the region, because Iraqi Shiites would be allies of the United States and Israel against Iran.

The idea that Iraqi Shiites could be used to advance U.S. power interests in the Middle East was part of a broader right-wing strategy for joint U.S.-Israeli "rollback" of Israel's enemies. In 1996, a task force at the right-wing Israeli think tank, the Institute for Advanced Strategic and Political Studies, under Richard Perle advised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that such a strategy should begin by taking control of Iraq and putting a pro-Israeli regime in power there.

Three years later, the former director of that think tank, David Wurmser, who had migrated to the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute, spelled out how the United States could use Iraqi Shiites to support that strategy in "Tyranny's Ally". Wurmser sought to refute the realist argument that overthrowing Saddam Hussein would destroy the balance of power between Sunni-controlled Iraq and Shiite Iran on which regional stability depended.

Whereas the "realists" had assumed the Iraqi Shiites would be "Iran's fifth column", Wurmser argued that the Iraqi Shiite clerics would "present a challenge to Iran's influence and revolution." He cited their rejection of the central concept of the Iranian revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini -- the "rule of the jurisprudent" -- justifying clerical rule.

From that fact, Wurmser leaped to the conclusion that Iraqi Shiites would be an ally of the United States in promoting a "regional rollback of Shiite fundamentalism". Wurmser even suggested that Iraqi Shiites could help pry Lebanese Shiites, with whom they had enjoyed close ties historically, away from the influence of Hezbollah and Iran.

The neo-conservative plan for invading Iraq reflected Wurmser's assumption that the United States would not need to plan a long military occupation of Iraq, because toppling Hussein's regime would unleash the power of the Iraqi Shiites.

Throughout 2004 and the first half of 2005, the Shiite militias took advantage of the supportive policy of the United States to consolidate their power in Baghdad and began terrorising Sunni communities. After the government formed under the Dawa Party's Ibrahim Jaffari, the Shiite Badr Brigade moved into the Ministry of Interior, which became a vehicle for state terror. Despite media coverage of Shiite death squads operating freely in the capital, the Bush administration refused to admit that there was any problem with Shiite militias. [36]


Saddam / al-Qaeda Fiction by Feith

A declassified report done by the Inspector General of the Department of Defense has found that, as everyone should already know by now, neo-con Douglas Feith exaggerated and manipulated information to concoct a convincing link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda in order to create the justification needed to launch a war on Iraq. The full report is available to read here: Review of the Pre-Iraqi War Activities of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. 07.04.07


Open Season for Treason, and other Congressional Misdemeanors

The Larry Franklin spy case just keeps getting more and more explosive. The latest revelations are truly incredible, here’s what we know so far:

A US citizen named Larry Franklin, who worked in the Office of Special Plans (OSP) under the authority of Douglas Feith, gave highly-classified information about Iran to Israeli agents operating under cover of AIPAC. This espionage was discovered and an investigation was launched, then American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)Franklin admitted guilt in 2005 and was sentenced to 12 and a half years in prison in 2006. The two Israeli agents that Franklin gave the secrets to, Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weismann, are now under investigation as well. Keep in mind that Israel emphatically denies that they conduct espionage inside or against the United States.

In the process of collecting information for a case against the AIPAC foreign agents the National Security Agency (NSA), using a legally acquired warrant, intercepted Jewish Congresswoman Jane Harman (Democrat) of California making a deal with suspected Israeli spies working for AIPAC. Harman was heard promising to use her influence on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who was in charge of the Justice Department, to downgrade or block the legal prosecution case against Rosen and Weismann.

US Congressional Representative Jane Harman (Democrat) of California, April 23, 2009.In return the AIPAC agents promised that billionaire Zionist media mogul Haim Saban would withhold his campaign donations to Representative Nancy Pelosi (Democrat) of California unless she selected Harman as head of the House Intelligence Committee in charge of oversight for all the intelligence and espionage activity of the entire United States. She then hangs up the phone after telling the AIPAC side “This conversation doesn’t exist.” As a consequence of this blatant act of, what can only be described as treason, an investigation into Harman was launched as well.

And if that wasn’t enough, it gets even better!

The influence that Harman had over the Attorney General was her support to get the New York Times to drop an explosive article revealing the NSA program for wiretapping without warrants on the eve of the 2004 elections.

Bill Keller, the executive editor of The Times, said in a statement Monday that Ms. Harman called Philip Taubman, then the Washington bureau chief of The Times, in October or November of 2004. Mr. Keller said she spoke to Mr. Taubman — apparently at the request of Gen. Michael V. Hayden, then the N.S.A. director — and urged that The Times not publish the article. [56]

If the New York Times had published the article on illegal NSA spying it could have tipped the Presidential election towards the Democrats. In any case, the pressure was successful and the NYT sat on the story for a year, eventually printing it and creating a storm of anger. Ironically, even though she was a Democrat Harman publicly defended the warrantless wiretap program, and was later caught by the NSA! In return for her support the Bush administration intervened and stopped the investigation of her apparently treasonous actions. Then director of national intelligence John D. Negroponte, former NSA director at the time Michael Hayden, and then CIA director Porter Goss, all opposed the investigation into Harman, and so it ended. [57]

This sordid episode, bound to grow even more outrageous if further details emerge, is a perfect emblem of the sad state of contemporary America. Here we have a billionaire Jewish media boss using his riches to manipulate the political process in conjunction with a powerful lobbyist and influence group (AIPAC) being run by, and for, the interests of a foreign government (Israel)! And even more outrageous, we have a Congressional representative in office making deals with all of them forming a text-book case of treason that, so far, shows no signs of being punished! And this is just the rare instance where these events have been publicized. One can only imagine what else is occurring on a daily basis behind the scenes. 24.04.09

Update, May 2009

The AIPAC spy case against Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman has been dropped. The official excuse is that pre-trial court rulings have made the case unwinnable for the prosecution, and based on past precedent it is much easier to prosecute those passing secrets than those receiving secrets. Nonetheless, if this case had gone to court it would have made many powerful people very nervous - Representative Harman being just one, and it’s not difficult to discern that massive political pressure is the real reason it won’t go to trial. 03.05.09


Axis of Evil

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August 2009

Zionist Neo-Con Wrecks Healthcare and Endangers American Lives

08.01.10 It’s no surprise that more and more working Americans (never mind the barely-employed and the jobless) struggle to attain affordable healthcare when it’s treated as a commodity to be bought and sold to the highest bidder, and when prices for medical treatment are driven higher and higher through the insatiable demands of corporate profits. And within the wayward values of this corporate-friendly environment a major reason why America lacks affordable healthcare is because of businessmen and profiteers like Irving Moskowitz. Moskowitz, an orthodox Jew, is a notorious Zionist who made his fortune buying and selling hospitals, firing workers, and turning health-care providers into money-making machines – making what used to be an affordable public service into a profit-driven enterprise. Moskowitz then took his riches from flipping hospitals and combined it with the profits from his ‘non-profit’ bingo parlors in California to fund the construction of vast illegal settlements on stolen Palestinian land!

"What Moskowitz pioneered was trying to break up the continuity of the Arab population centres in Jerusalem," said Beliak. "The consequences are radically different from just mom and pop buying a little piece of land. These are political statements and facts on the ground, and every [US] administration has allowed him to do this." [63]

Moskowitz’s latest project, reported in January 2010, is particularly inflammatory to relations between Arabs and Jews in Israel, building apartments in the divided city of Jerusalem, right in the middle of a predominantly Arab area of the city near Christian, Muslim and Jewish shrines. [62]

The Zionist neo-con Irving Moskowitz has managed to simultaneously wreck attainable healthcare for average Americans while at the same time endangering their safety through the blatant injustice of supporting inflammatory and belligerent actions of a foreign country in the Middle East. And even though his fund-raising machinery is illegal by almost any definition, it remains uninvestigated by US authorities! The political climate within the U.S. government has facilitated the double standard in Israel’s favor by investigating fund-raising for Palestinians but not those that support Israel’s housing construction on land taken from their neighbors.

"After 2001 there was a whole discourse about how supposedly Muslims [in America] used these charitable donations to support violence. There was never ever in the US anything substantially that made that case. But here they did have a case where somebody was using money to support settlers, money that fosters extremism and violence, and they completely ignored it." [63]

StopMoskowitz: The Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem


Zionist Hijacking of American Foreign Policy via the Treasury: the Case of Stuart Levey

In 2004, AIPAC successfully pressured the Bush Administration to create the office of Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (UTFI) and to name its protégé Princeton graduate Stuart Levey to that position.

Within the confines of his Zionist ideological blinders, Levey applied his intelligence to the singular task of turning his office into the major foreign policy venue for setting US policy toward Iran. Levey more than any other appointed official in government or elected legislator, formulates and implements policies which profoundly influence US, European Union and UN economic relations with Iran. Levey elaborated the sanctions policies, which Washington imposed on the EU and the Security Council.

Levey coordinates his campaign with Zionist leaders in Congress. He secures sanctions legislation in line with his campaigns. His policies clearly violate international law and national sovereignty, pressing the limits of extra territorial enforcement of his administrative fiats against a civilian economy. His violation of economic sovereignty parallels Obama’s announcement that US Special Forces would operate in violation of political sovereignty on four continents. For all intents and purposes, Levey makes US policy toward Iran. At each point he designs the escalation of sanctions, and then passes it on to the White House, which shoves it down the throats of the Security Council. Once new sanctions approved by Levey and staff are in place they are there to enforce them: identifying violators and implementing penalties. Treasury has become an outpost of Tel Aviv. Not a single leftist, liberal or social democratic publication highlights the role of Levey or even the terrible economic pain this Old Testament fanatic is inflicting on 75 million Iranian civilian workers and consumers. [65]


Rosen's Court Case Embarrasses AIPAC

23.11.10 After the Larry Franklin spy scandal hit the news headlines, AIPAC fired Steve Rosen claiming he was a rogue agent and the cause of all the trouble. Now Rosen is taking AIPAC to court, countering that his actions were completely routine for AIPAC, among other things.

Steve Rosen, who was in charge of foreign policy issues at AIPAC until 2005, is suing his former employer for $20 million, alleging that AIPAC defamed him when they fired him. Rosen and colleague Keith Weissman were charged in 2004 with espionage for allegedly pressuring a Washington Post reporter into running classified US government information they had obtained about Iran. [68]

This ongoing court case is revealing things that AIPAC definitely doesn’t want the public to know about. For instance, classified government information was routinely being handled by AIPAC, and AIPAC's staff is infatuated with pornography, Rosen included:

Lawyers for AIPAC got Rosen to admit he viewed pornography on work computers, but Rosen has countered that the head of AIPAC and his closest colleagues openly watched porn at work. [68]



References

 

Anyone with sufficient time and inclination can recreate the NEO-CONnections chart, and other information about the neo-cons shown above, using these public sources and others:

1. Spy probe scans neo-cons' Israel ties, By Jim Lobe, IPS, September 2, 2004.

2. FBI copies Israel lobbyist's computer drive, By Jerry Seper, Washington Times, September 3, 2004.

3. ADL calls for probe of Pentagon `mole' leak, By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz September 2, 2004.

4. A molehill without a mole, By Jonathon Ariel, Maariv International, August 31, 2004

5. The Lie Factory, by Robert Dreyfuss and Jason Vest, MotherJones.com, Jan./Feb. 2004.

8. Serving Two Flags - The Bush Neo-Cons and Israel, By Stephen Green, September 3, 2004.

10. Bush makes a foxy pick, by Jim Lobe, Asia Times Online, March 9, 2005.

13. A subterranean power struggle in Washington, By Patrick Martin, World Socialist Web Site, May 10, 2005.

14. Exit Strategy: Civil War, by Pepe Escobar, Asia Times Online, June 10, 2005.

15. Uncovered: The War on Iraq, a film by Robert Greenwald, 2004 DVD.

18. Cheney Circles the Wagons, by Jim Lobe, Asia Times Online, November 3, 2005.

21. Faculty's Chilly Welcome for Ex-Pentagon Official, by Jason DeParle, New York Times, May 25, 2006.

22. The New American Century: Rest in peace, by Jim Lobe, IPS via ATOL, June 14, 2006.

23. US: Danger, danger everywhere, by Tom Barry, ATOL, June 23, 2006.

24. Profile: Frank Gaffney, Right Web, 2006.

25. Hunting monsters in Jerusalem, by Tom Barry, ATOL, August 26, 2006.

26. U.S. Neo-Cons Call For Japanese Nukes, Regime Change, by Jim Lobe, IPS October 11, 2006.

32. War cost has hidden tolls, by Kevin G. Hall and Dave Montgomery, Miami Herald, December 6, 2006.

35. How Syria dodged a neo-con bullet, by Jim Lobe, Asia Times, December 20, 2006.

36. How Neocon Shiite Strategy Led to Sectarian War, by Gareth Porter, IPS, February 6, 2007.

39. US ally Musharraf in a tangle over Iran, by M K Bhadrakumar, ATOL, March 7, 2007.

41. [Iran] The Religious Right's New Bugbear, by Bill Berkowitz, IPS, March 14, 2007.

42. Sun-rise in New York, by Scott Sherman, The Nation, April 18, 2007.

46. Rudy's Bird of Prey, by Ari Berman, The Nation, October 11, 2007.

47. Freedom's Watch targeting Iran, by Bill Berkowitz, Media Transparency, October 17, 2007.

48. End Times: The Death of the Fourth Estate, by Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair, p. 190, 2007.

49. Betting on Red, by Peter Stone, Mother Jones magazine, January/February 2008 issue.

50. Billions: The Politics of Influence in the United States, China and Israel, by Peter Dale Scott and Connie Bruck, Japan Focus, July 25, 2008.

53. Neo-cons still preparing for Iran attack, by Robert Dreyfuss, Asia Times, December 4, 2008.

54. Zionism, Militarism, and the Decline of US Power, by James Petras, Clarity Press, 2008, pg. 102-103.

55. Former Israeli spy linked to Pentagon leak, by Eli Lake, Washington Times, March 17, 2009.

56. Lawmaker Is Said to Have Agreed to Aid Lobbyist, by Neil A. Lewis and Mark Mazzetti New York Times, April 20, 2009.

57. Sources: Wiretap Recorded Rep. Harman Promising to Intervene for AIPAC, by Jeff Stein, Congressional Quarterly, April 19, 2009.

59. StandWithUs Money Trail Reveals Neocon Funders, by Eli Clifton, IPS via Information Clearing House, October 22, 2009.

60. Israel’s European Lobby, by Maidhc Ó Cathail, Information Clearing House, October 28th, 2009.

61. Israel 'personally attacking human rights group' after Gaza war criticism, by Chris McGreal, The Guardian, November 13, 2009.

62. Israel approves east Jerusalem building project, Amy Teibel, AP, January 5, 2010.  

63. Gambling with peace: how US bingo dollars are funding Israeli settlements, by Chris McGreal, The Guardian, July 19, 2009.

64. Israeli activist buys Arabs' land for Jewish settlements, by Sheera Frenkel, McClatchy, May 14, 2010.

66. AIPAC Bares All to Quash Lawsuit, by Grant Smith, AntiWar.com, November 15, 2010.

67. Ex-AIPAC official got at least $670,000 from donors, by Jeff Stein, Washington Post, November 19, 2010.

68. Ex-AIPAC official threatens to uncover mass spying at Israel lobby, by Daniel Tencer, The Raw Story, November 21, 2010.


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