Harvard Crimson piece on Marty Peretz's "dual legacy" includes the fact that he was thesis adviser to Stuart A. Levey. Levey was formerly the deputy under secretary of Treasury who lingered from Bush administration to Obama administration because he had the Iran portfolio, only to be replaced by his former law partner, David Cohen.
You connect the dots, I'm tired. But:
Peretz is an ultra-Zionist. And he dandled Levey in his lap. And Levey has a political appointment in the Bush administration that continues unbroken into the Obama administration, because he represents a constituency: the Israel lobby. I've been reading Lincoln on the Dred Scott decision, undertaken in concert by the Supreme Court with the presidential election of '56 and Congressional actions of '56, in a rancid conspiracy. Conspiracy was Lincoln's word. The Israel lobby is all over our politics like white on rice. Will someone dig up this cat's thesis?
Levey, who wrote his thesis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, remembers Peretz as a “warm” adviser who encouraged his personal interest in the region.