Joel Mowbray

Discussing the Iraq war with the Washington Post last week, former General Anthony Zinni took the path chosen by so many anti-Semites: he blamed it on the Jews.

  Neither President Bush nor Vice-President Cheney—nor for that matter Zinni’s old friend, Secretary of State Colin Powell—was to blame.  It was the Jews.  They “captured” both Bush and Cheney, and Powell was merely being a “good soldier.”

  Technically, the former head of the Central Command in the Middle East didn’t say “Jews.”  He instead used a term that has become a new favorite for anti-Semites: “neoconservatives.”  As the name implies, “neoconservative” was originally meant to denote someone who is a newcomer to the right.  In the 90’s, many people self-identified themselves as “neocons,” but today that term has become synonymous with “Jews.”

  And if anybody should know better, it’s Gen. Zinni.  It is well-known that those who are labeled “neocons” within the administration—whether the number-two official at the Pentagon, Paul Wolfowitz, or undersecretary of Defense Doug Feith—are almost always Jews.

  Sadly typical is a Business Week article this May that identified Wolfowitz, Feith, Defense Policy Board member Richard Perle, former Reagan administration official Ken Adelman and Weekly Standard editor William Kristol—all Jews—as “neocons,” yet Cheney and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld—neither one Jewish—as simply “key allies.”  Policy beliefs and worldviews were not different between these two groups; only religion distinguishes them.

  Given that the “neocons” do not control the Departments of State or Defense nor the National Security Council—gentiles all head those agencies—and given that the White House is clearly run by non-Jews, how is it that Zinni claims that the “neocons” were responsible for the U.S. liberating Iraq?  As he explains to the Post, “Somehow, the neocons captured the president. They captured the vice president.”

  And the Post piece uses dramatic language when discussing Zinni’s views on the “neocons”:

  “The more he listened to Wolfowitz and other administration officials talk about Iraq, the more Zinni became convinced that interventionist ‘neoconservative’ ideologues were plunging the nation into a war in a part of the world they didn’t understand.”

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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