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[casi] Undressing Richard Perle

The dangerous Richard Perle is taken to task:

[1] "Right takes centre stage" by Brian Whitaker in The Guardian (Mar 4, 2003),3858,4618087,00.html

[2] "LUNCH WITH THE CHAIRMAN: Why was Richard Perle meeting with Adnan
Khashoggi?", by SEYMOUR M. HERSH in The New Yorker (Mar. 17, 2003)

In the latter, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Hersh notes Perle "has set up a
company that may gain from a war."  Perle appeared on CNN "Late Edition"
yesterday to rebut Hersh's story, calling Hersh a "terrorist" and
"irresponsible" (Hersh defamation lawyers, and political humorists everywhere,
please note <>).

Of course, this is the same Richard Perle who:

>> Claimed "convincing" evidence linked Sep. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta to an
Iraqi agent;

>> Flacked a book claiming Saddam was behind the 1993 Trade Center bombing, and
espoused links between Saddam and the USS Cole and Khobar Towers attacks;

>> Cited the early lack of suspects in the anthrax mailings as reason for war;

>> Invited a former LaRouchian extremist to speak to Defense advisors on
conquering the Middle East (memorably, with "Egypt the prize");

>> Claimed Saddam could be overthrown with no troops (1998), or perhaps with
only 40,000 troops (2002);

>> ... and then sniffed at the concerns of our military, saying these are
"political judgment(s) that these guys aren't competent to make".

For Richard Perle, foreign policy is something the hired help does to brown
people.  Perle's deceit has done more damage to the U.S. than Aldrich Ames and
Robert Hanssen, and he should join them.

Drew Hamre
Golden Valley, MN USA

[Perle on Atta]
December 28, 2001
The U.S. Must Strike at Saddam Hussein

[Perle wrote a blurb for Laurie Mylroioe's book on the 1993 attacks]

[Perle on Khobar and the Cole]
The armchair general Sep. 5, 2002
By Eric Boehlert

[Anthrax rationale]
"Richard Perle, Overthrow Saddam"
Jerusalem Post
January 25, 2002
Ex-US Defense Official Calls For Saddam's Overthrow
By Melissa Radler

['Egypt the prize']
The PowerPoint That Rocked the Pentagon
By Jack Shafer
August 7, 2002

[Perle 'political judgements'],2763,765471,00.html
Iraq attack plans alarm top military
US and UK commanders 'scratching their heads' to make sense of invasion
Richard Norton-Taylor and Julian Borger, Washington
Tuesday July 30, 2002
The Guardian

[Perle's troop estimates]
The armchair general Sep. 5, 2002
By Eric Boehlert

Drew Hamre
Golden Valley, MN USA

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