Thursday, May 27, 2004

Richard Perle vs Richard Perle - a Study in Schizophrenia

Richard Perle, inside advisor to the president and the secretary of defense, once again is exhibiting the severe mental health dysfunction rampant in the administration.

Perle, was known to have a big influence with Mr. Bush and Mr. Rumsfeld and the decision to go to war in Iraq, but at first the details of his ideas were obscure. So late last year, while visiting London, he surprisingly announced that the war was illegal in terms of international law. Was this to be a major break with his bosses and the beginning of the end of the secrecy in the White House? No. The story was not picked up well in the U.S. media, maybe because, as it turned out, Perle wasn't saying that the war was "wrong" in his opinion, just "illegal."

Then you may recall that Perle and an associate revealed their true colors this January with the publication of An End to Evil, How to Win the War on Terror in which Perle urges Mr. Bush, after Iraq, to:

- Overthrow Iran's mullahs
- End the regime of Syria
- Withdraw support from the U.N. "if it does not reform"
- Squeeze China and blockade North Korea
- Abandon the "illusion of a Palestinian state"

Perle's writing, IMHO, reveal the true state of his mind, comparable to a Mein Kampf mentality. Am I going overboard here? I don't think so. He is truly scary and those of you who caught his interview on FOX, after General Zinni and Tom Clancy strongly criticized the president for the war in Iraq, know what I am talking about. Perle said Zinni is basically an Anti-Semite, and that's the real reason behind Zinni's comments. Scary? I told you so. But then again it's hardly surprising given this administration's strategy of character assassination starting with Paul O'Neill to Richard Clarke to Gen Zinni, with many others in between. As Al Gore said yesterday, this is an administration bent on the "Dominance" of everyone, not just the terrorists.

Then the psychotic Perle, once again, spoke out yesterday. The Toronto Star carried the headline, U.S War Policy 'Grave Error':

One of the ideological architects of the Iraq war has criticized the U.S.-led occupation of the country as "a grave error."

Richard Perle, until recently a powerful adviser to U.S. Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, described U.S. policy in post-war Iraq as a failure.

"I would be the first to acknowledge we allowed the liberation (of Iraq) to subside into an occupation. And I think that was a grave error, and in some ways a continuing error," said Perle, former chair of the influential Defense Policy Board, which advises the Pentagon.

With violent resistance to the U.S.-led occupation showing no signs of ending, Perle said the biggest mistake in post-war policy "was the failure to turn Iraq back to the Iraqis more or less immediately.

But, again, don't be too quick to give Perle slack. He is not recanting. He never says the war was wrong - after all, there is pride of authorship. But you should notice that the stink of Perle is quietly being removed from the White House and the Pentagon. He is now referred to as the "former" advisor to Rumsfeld and the "former" Chair of the Defense Policy Board.

He may have also had a formerly functioning brain. That's clearly not the case now.

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