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It 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.
These 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)
The 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)
Integrally related to and overlapping with the Feddies
are members of the University of Chicago "School" of
Law-and-Kick-Them-in-the-Groin-Economics (e.g., Richard
Posner, Frank Easterbrook, Richard Epstein,etc.), 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 itself.
Although miseducated (8) 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)
According 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
In 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
media (12) 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
As 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
In 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.
Just 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 of democracy."
Does 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)
At 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
1. See, e.g., Rahul Mahajan, Full
Spectrum Dominance 108 (2003).
2. 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.
3. See also David Brock, Blinded by
the Right (2002).
4. 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 (January 2001).
5. Francis A. Boyle, Bush's
Banana Republic, Counterpunch.org, Oct. 11, 2002.
6. Francis A. Boyle, Biowarfare,
Terror Weapons and the U.S.: Home Brew?,
Counterpunch.org, April 25, 2002.
7. See Greg Palast, The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy (2003), at 5 et seq.
8. See Chomsky on Miseducation
(Donald Macedo ed. 2000).
9. Francis A. Boyle, Take Sharon
to The Hague, Counterpunch.org, June 6, 2002.
10. White House Press Release,
President Discusses the Future of Iraq, Washington
Hilton Hotel, Feb. 26, 2003.
11. Nasser H. Aruri, Dishonest
Broker, 193-216 (2003). See also Tanya Reinhart,
Israel/Palestine (2002); Cheryl A. Rubenberg, The
12. Norman Solomon, The Habits of
Highly Deceptive Media (1999); Noam Chomsky, Media
13. Seymour M. Hersh, Selective
Intelligence, New Yorker, May 8, 2003; Michael Lind,
The Weird Men Behind George W. Bush's War, New
Statesman - London, April 7, 2003; Julian Borger, The
Spies Who Pushed for War, The Guardian, July 17,
14. 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.
15. But see Lawrence W. Levine,
The Opening of the American Mind (1996).
16. Between the Lines,
University of Chicago Magazine, June 2003, at 54
17. Vincent Bugliosi, The
Betrayal of America (2001); Greg Palast, The Best
Democracy Money Can Buy 11-81 (2003).
18. Gerhard Sporl, The
Leo-Conservatives, Der Spiegel, Aug. 4, 2003.
19. McNamara Receives Pick Award
Amid Protests, University of Chicago Magazine, Summer
1979, at 4.
20. Noam Chomsky, Rethinking
Camelot (1993); Robert S. McNamara, In
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