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[casi] Perle .."mistakes have been made"

Unbelievable.  Yesterday Bremer concedes it will take $$ billions and years
to restore Iraqi infrastructure, and today Perle says- whoops, so sorry- but
it's not our problem - "mistakes have been made"..but we're outta here.
(except for some low-sulpher wells and our military bases)  Reuters

Perle Cites Errors in Iraq, Urges Power Transfer

PARIS (Reuters) - Richard Perle, a leading Pentagon adviser and architect of
the U.S. war to topple Saddam Hussein, said the United States had made
mistakes in Iraq and that power should be handed over to the Iraqis as fast
as possible.

In an interview with the Le Figaro daily newspaper to be published Thursday,
Perle defended the U.S.-led war in Iraq and restated his belief that France
had been wrong to lead international opposition to the conflict.

"Of course, we haven't done everything right," said Perle, according to the
French text of the interview. "Mistakes have been made and there will be

"Our principal mistake, in my opinion, was that we didn't manage to work
closely with the Iraqis before the war, so that there was an Iraqi
opposition capable of taking charge immediately," he said.

"Today, the answer is to hand over power to the Iraqis as soon as possible,"
he added.

Perle resigned in March as chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board
over alleged conflicts of interest, but remains an influential figure in
neo-conservative circles.

He also renewed criticism of President Jacques Chirac's refusal to back the
war. Chirac wanted more time for U.N. inspectors to search for any banned

The United States and Britain said Saddam had deliberately foiled the
inspections and failed to provide evidence that it had scrapped its
chemical, biological and nuclear programs.

"You have to understand that since September 11, the United States cannot
allow the most terrible weapons in the world to be in the hands of the worst
regimes in the world," Perle told Le Figaro, referring to the 2001 hijacked
airliner attacks on U.S. landmarks that killed some 3,000 people.

Washington and London used the weapons charge, dismissed by Iraq as a
pretext to wage war, to justify military intervention against Saddam. To
date, no such weapons have been found.

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