[Two of my finest teachers, Ernest Nagel and Paul Weiss, were also brilliant Jews who commuted to CCNY from Brooklyn. I was tempted to join the faculty there but fortunately chose to do the bulk of my teaching at Brooklyn College which was becoming our dominant CUNY port of entry college. The neocons were not the only students to derive from there and I would hate to have any lingering note left by this article that CCNY was the source of such destructive madness. The reviewer here identifies the movement as being primarily Jewish which it may be. But we never would have arrived in Iraq without the “decision-maker,” grandson of a man who flirted with the Nazis:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1312540,00.html

Senator Prescott Bush was a bit of a jerk — like his grandson. I met him when he spoke at a banquet for our Yale student newspaper and he was one of the stimuli for me becoming a Democrat. Ed Kent]

‘They Knew They Were Right: The Rise of the Neocons’
By JACOB HEILBRUNN
Reviewed by TIMOTHY NOAH
Jacob Heilbrunn follows the careers of several generations
of neocons.

Review:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/13/books/review/Noah-t.html?8bu&emc=bu

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

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