is now a matter of public record that immediately
after the terrible tragedy of 11 September 2001, U.S.
Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld and his pro-Israeli
"Neoconservative" Deputy Paul Wolfowitz
began to plot, plan, scheme and conspire to wage a
war of aggression against Iraq by manipulating the
tragic events of September 11th in order to provide
a pretext for doing so.1 Of
course Iraq had nothing at all to do with September
11th or supporting Al-Qaeda. But that made no difference
to Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, their Undersecretary of War
Douglas Feith, Undersecretary of State John Bolton,
and the numerous other pro-Israeli Neo-Cons inhabiting
the Bush Jr. administration.
pro-Israeli Neo-Cons had been schooled in the Machiavellian/Nietzschean
theories of Professor Leo Strauss who taught political
philosophy at the University of Chicago in its Department
of Political Science. The best exposé of Strauss's
pernicious theories on law, politics, government,
for elitism, and against democracy can be found in
two scholarly books by the Canadian Professor of Political
Philosophy Shadia B. Drury.2
I entered the University of Chicago in September of
1968 shortly after Strauss had retired. But I was
trained in Chicago's Political Science Department
by Strauss's foremost protégé, co-author,
and later literary executor Joseph Cropsey. Based
upon my personal experience as an alumnus of Chicago's
Political Science Department (A.B., 1971, in Political
Science), I concur completely with Professor Drury's
devastating critique of Strauss. I also agree with
her penetrating analysis of the degradation of the
American political process that has been inflicted
by Chicago's Straussian Neo-Con cabal.3
University of Chicago routinely trained me and innumerable
other students to become ruthless and unprincipled
Machiavellians. That is precisely why so many neophyte
Neo-Con students gravitated towards the University
of Chicago or towards Chicago Alumni at other universities.
Years later, the University of Chicago became the
"brains" behind the Bush Jr. Empire and
his Ashcroft Police State. Attorney General John Ashcroft
received his law degree from the University of Chicago
in 1967. Many of his lawyers at the Bush Jr. Department
of Injustice are members of the right-wing, racist,
bigoted, reactionary, and totalitarian Federalist
Society (aka "Feddies"),4
which originated in part at the University of Chicago.
Feddies wrote the USA Patriot Act (USAPA) I and the
draft for USAPA II, which constitute the blueprint
for establishing an American Police State.5
Meanwhile, the Department of Injustice's own F.B.I.
is still covering up the U.S. governmental origins
of the post 11 September 2001 anthrax attack on Washington
D.C. that enabled Ashcroft and his Feddies to stampede
the U.S. Congress into passing USAPA I into law.6
related to and overlapping with the Feddies are members
of the University of Chicago "School" of
Law-and-Kick-Them-in-the-Groin-Economics, which in
turn was founded upon the Market Fundamentalism of
Milton Friedman, now retired but long-time Professor
of Economics at the University of Chicago. Friedman
and his "Chicago Boys" have raped, robbed,
looted, plundered, and pillaged economies and their
respective peoples all over the developing world.7
This Chicago gang of academic con-artists and charlatans
are proponents of the Nazi Doctrine of "useless
eaters." Pursuant to Friedman's philosophy of
Market Fundamentalism, the "privatization"
of Iraq and its Oil Industry are already underway
for the primary benefit of the U.S. energy companies
(e.g., Halliburton, formerly under Vice President
Dick Cheney) that had already interpenetrated the
Bush Jr. administration as well as the Bush Family
miseducated8 at Yale and Harvard
Business School, the "Ivies" proved to be
too liberal for Bush Jr. and his fundamentalist Christian
supporters, whose pointman and spearcarrier in the
Bush Jr. administration was Ashcroft, a Fundie himself.
The Neo-Cons and the Fundies contracted an "unholy
alliance" in support of Bush Jr. For their own
different reasons, both gangs also worked hand-in-hand
to support Israel's genocidal Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon, an internationally acknowledged war criminal.9
to his own public estimate and boast before the American
Enterprise Institute, President Bush Jr. hired about
20 Straussians to occupy key positions in his administration,
intentionally taking offices where they could push
American foreign policy in favor of Israel and against
its chosen enemies such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, and
the Palestinians.10 Most of
the Straussian Neo-Cons in the Bush Jr. administration
and elsewhere are Israel-firsters: What is "good"
for Israel is by definition "good" for the
United States. Dual loyalties indeed.11
addition, it was the Chicago Straussian cabal of pro-Israeli
Neo-Cons who set up a special "intelligence"
unit within the Pentagon that was responsible for
manufacturing many of the bald-faced lies, deceptions,
half-truths, and sheer propaganda that the Bush Jr.
administration then disseminated to the lap-dog U.S.
news media12 in order to generate
public support for a war of aggression against Iraq
for the benefit of Israel and in order to steal Iraq's
oil.13 To paraphrase advice
Machiavelli once rendered to his Prince in Chapter
XVIII of that book: Those who want to deceive will
always find those willing to be deceived.14
As I can attest from my personal experience as an
alumnus of the University of Chicago Department of
Political Science, the Bible of Chicago's Neo-Con
Straussian cabal is Machiavelli's The Prince. We students
had to know our Machiavelli by heart and rote at the
University of Chicago.
for the University of Chicago overall, its biblical
Gospel is Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American
Mind (1987).15 Of course Bloom
was another protégé of Strauss, as well
as a mentor to Wolfowitz. In his Bloom-biographical
novel Ravelstein (2000) Saul Bellow, formerly on the
University of Chicago Faculty, outed his self-styled
friend Bloom as a hedonist, pederast, and most promiscuous
homosexual who died of AIDS. All this was common knowledge
at the University of Chicago, where Bloom is still
worshiped and his elitist screed against American
higher-education still revered on a pedestal.
Ravelstein Wolfowitz appeared as Bloom's protégé
Philip Gorman, leaking national security secrets to
his mentor during the Bush Sr. war against Iraq. Strauss
hovered around the novel as Bloom's mentor and guru
Professor Davarr. Strauss/Davarr is really the éminence
grise of Ravelstein. With friends like Bellow, Bloom
did not need enemies. On the basis of Ravelstein alone,
Wolfowitz warrants investigation by the F.B.I.
recently the University of Chicago officially celebrated
its Bush Jr. Straussian Neo-Con cabal, highlighting
Wolfowitz Ph.D. '72, Ahmad Chalabi, Ph.D. '69 (the
CIA's Iraqi puppet), Abram Shulsky, A.M. '68, Ph.D.
'72 (head of the Pentagon's special "intelligence"
unit), Zalmay Khalilzad, Ph.D. '79 (Bush Jr's roving
pro-consul for Afghanistan and then Iraq), as well
as faculty members Bellow, X '39, and Bloom, A.B.
'49, A.M. '53, Ph.D. '55, together with Strauss. According
to the University of Chicago Magazine, Bloom's rant
"helped popularize Straussian ideals of democracy."16
It is correct to assert that Bloom's book helped to
popularize Straussian "ideas," but they
were blatantly anti-democratic, Machiavellian, Nietzschean,
and elitist to begin with. Only the University of
Chicago would have the unmitigated Orwellian gall
to publicly assert that Strauss and Bloom cared one
whit about democracy, let alone comprehended the "ideals
anyone seriously believe that a pro-Israeli Chicago/Strauss/Bloom
product such as Wolfowitz could care less about democracy
in Iraq? Or for that matter anyone in the Bush Jr.
administration? After they stole the 2000 presidential
election from the American People in Florida and before
the Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court, some
of whom were Feddies?17 Justice
Clarence Thomas is a Straussian to boot.18
the behest of its Straussian Neo-Con Political Science
Department, in 1979 the entire University of Chicago
went out of its way to grant the "first Albert
Pick Jr. Award for Outstanding Contributions to International
Understanding" to Robert "Mad Bomber"
McNamara.19 In other words,
the University of Chicago itself maliciously strove
to rehabilitate one of the greatest international
war criminals in the post-World War II era.20
Do not send your children to the University of Chicago
where they will grow up to become warmongers like
Wolfowitz or totalitarians like Ashcroft! The University
of Chicago is an intellectual and moral cesspool.
See, e.g., Rahul Mahajan, Full Spectrum Dominance
Shadia B. Drury, The Political Ideas of Leo Strauss
(1988); Leo Strauss and the American Right (1999).
See also Alain Frachon & Daniel Vernet, The
Strategist and the Philosopher: Leo Strauss and
Albert Wohlstetter, Le Monde, April 16, 2003, translated
into English by Norman Madarasz on Counterpunch.org.,
June 2, 2003.
See also David Brock, Blinded by the Right (2002).
George E. Curry & Trevor W. Coleman, Hijacking
Justice, Emerge, October 1999, at 42; Jerry M. Landay,
The Conservative Cabal That's Transforming American
Law, Washington Monthly, March 2000, at 19; People
for the American Way, The Federalist Society (August
2001); Institute for Democracy Studies, The Federalist
Society and the Challenge to a Democratic Jurisprudence
Francis A. Boyle, Bush's Banana Republic, Counterpunch.org,
Oct. 11, 2002.
Francis A. Boyle, Biowarfare, Terror Weapons and
the U.S.: Home Brew?, Counterpunch.org, April 25,
See Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy
(2003), at 5 et seq.
See Chomsky on Miseducation (Donald Macedo ed. 2000).
Francis A. Boyle, Take Sharon to The Hague, Counterpunch.org,
June 6, 2002.
White House Press Release, President Discusses the
Future of Iraq, Washington Hilton Hotel, Feb. 26,
Nasser H. Aruri, Dishonest Broker, 193-216 (2003).
See also Tanya Reinhart, Israel/Palestine (2002);
Cheryl A. Rubenberg, The Palestinians (2003).
Norman Solomon, The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media
(1999); Noam Chomsky, Media Control (1997).
Seymour M. Hersh, Selective Intelligence, New Yorker,
May 8, 2003; Michael Lind, The Weird Men Behind
George W. Bus's War, New Statesman - London, April
7, 2003; Julian Borger, The Spies Who Pushed for
War, The Guardian, July 17, 2003.
Machiavelli, The Prince 147 (M. Musa trans. &
ed. 1964): ". . . and men are so simple-minded
and so dominated by their present needs that one
who deceives will always find one who will allow
himself to be deceived." This Bilingual Edition
of The Prince by Mark Musa was the one preferred
by Joseph Cropsey to teach us students.
But see Lawrence W. Levine, The Opening of the American
Between the Lines, University of Chicago Magazine,
June 2003, at 54
Vincent Bugliosi, The Betrayal of America (2001);
Greg Palast, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy 11-81
Gerhard Sporl, The Leo-Conservatives, Der Spiegel,
Aug. 4, 2003.
McNamara Receives Pick Award Amid Protests, University
of Chicago Magazine, Summer 1979, at 4.
Noam Chomsky, Rethinking Camelot (1993); Robert
S. McNamara, In Retrospect (1995).
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