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Thursday, February 25, 2010

A case study in war profiteering and taxpayer wealth transfer to neocons -- all laundered through the DoD and Harvard University

Rosen–DoD contractor, Kramer’s patron, and dominant male–epitomizes Harvard’s reigning ideology, neoconservatism
(Mondoweiss) -- by Anonymous --

Martin Kramer’s patron at Harvard is Stephen Peter Rosen, a neocon and professor of national security. Rosen also helps run “Long Term Strategy Group”, a consulting company, along with Jacqueline Newmyer. They had a lucrative DOD gig providing bland “strategic” planning guidelines and the odd slide show in DC. It seems they pulled in a mere $2 million in the last few years from Defense.

LTSG previously focused on “asymmetrical warfare” but now, sniffing the winds of war, focus on China. Their work is the sort that a harried undergrad could put together cribbing notes from the internet (like this piece blaming the war in Iraq on American Scots-Irish pugnacity). Rosen was lately house master of Winthrop House, which hosted Karl Rove (apparently when Rosen was master).

Rosen also advises GOP candidates such as Giuliani; and Mike Desch wrote of Rosen, "He qualifies as a movement neocon, having signed many of the Project for a New American Century’s ukases, such as the Sept. 21, 2001 letter arguing, ‘even if the evidence does not link Iraq directly to the attack, any strategy aiming at the eradication of terrorism and its sponsors must include a determined effort to remove Saddam Hussein from power in Iraq’ and the April 3, 2002 letter baldly declaring, ‘Israel’s fight against terrorism is our fight.’"

Per Desch, Rosen has offered insight into human nature such as:

"Humility is always a virtue, but the dominant male atop any social hierarchy, human or otherwise, never managed to rule simply by being nice. Human evolutionary history has produced a species that both creates hierarchies and harbors the desire among subordinates to challenge its dominant member. Those challenges never disappear. The dominant member can never do everything that subordinates desire, and so it is blamed for what it does not do as much as for what it does."

This of course qualifies Stephen Peter Rosen for a tenured position at Harvard’s Dept of Government where he also directs the National Security Program at the Weatherhead Center. Clearly, Beth Simmons, the director of the Weatherhead Center, who called Kramer’s comment "appalling" yesterday, was read the riot act by faculty running the program who are to the right of Genghis Khan and fit comfortably in Harvard...LINK

Chris Moore comments:

And to think that Harvard was founded by a Christian clergyman, originally trained Puritan ministers, and had a motto of "Veritas Christo et Ecclesiae" -- "Truth for Christ and the Church."

Today, its doing nothing so much as providing a "secular" veneer of institutional respectability for the self-proclaimed "meritocracy," which in truth is nothing but a tightly-knit gang of hustlers, grifters and thieves who are robbing the country blind.

I'm sure they take great satisfaction in their colonisation of Harvard, which, from their perspective, kills two birds with one stone, accomplishing both the anti-Christianity of stomping and spitting upon Harvard's venerable Christian past, and self-enrichment through epic swindle of the average American masses under cover of one of its most respected institutions.

Oh, how far blinkered, post-Christian America has fallen.

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