There is a profound disparity between the stellar academic achievements of Israel-First officials in the U.S. government and the disastrous consequences of their public policies in office... The ethnic-chauvinist claim of unique 'merit' to explain the overwhelming success of American Jews in public office and in other influential spheres is based on a superficial reputational analysis... After examining their performance in foreign policy, we find their 'assumptions' were often blatant manipulations and misrepresentations... their pretext for war was/is a fabrication derived from their close ties to Israeli intelligence in opposition to the findings of U.S. intelligence... if we consider their foreign policies in the alternative terms of Israel's political, economic, and military interests, they regain their 'summa cum laudes'… What we suggest is that degrees from prestigious universities and the highest awards have prepared high academic achievers to serve the elites but not the workers, to empower financiers but not producers.
These years of training and achievement have certainly not prevented destructive foreign loyalties from undermining the greater society, nor have they taught basic civic virtues and egalitarian values. Prestigious universities recruit and train graduates in the mold of the dominant elites and increasingly narrow ethnic classes. They purge, intimidate and marginalize effective critics of Wall Street and of the State of Israel... Whatever intrinsic intelligence may exist can be blinded and distorted by an irrational doctrine of racial-ethnic superiority: the results have been stupid and destructive policies imposed by self-congratulatory, self-contained collectivities with absolutely no accountability for their failures... Why have they continued to receive promotions in the face of policy failures? Why the revolving doors of appointments to the World Bank, positions in the 'best' universities (to the exclusion of real independent scholars), and the lucrative seats in investment banks after their policies have shredded the domestic economy?... The tyranny of Israel over the U.S. has grave consequences for world peace and war, the stability and instability of the world economy, and the future of democracy in the U.S.
~ James Petras: The Rise of the Jewish Policy Elite: Meritocracy, Myth, and Power. Online (20Apr16). Prof Petras has written several books on the rise of Israel-First individuals to positions of power in the U.S.; highly recommended.
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