Perle Interviewed by NewsMax: Bush Great, Underlings Suck or Disloyal

Interesting. Now, this is the guy who many consider the architect of the neocon policy to invade the Middle East in order to spread the virtues of Democracy. Yeah, we’™ve seen where that got us. So Perle is claiming that Bush has done all the right things, and that his Secretaries of [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Interesting. Now, this is the guy who many consider the architect of the neocon policy to invade the Middle East in order to spread the virtues of Democracy. Yeah, we’™ve seen where that got us. So Perle is claiming that Bush has done all the right things, and that his Secretaries of State and others are the ones who dropped the ball.

NewsMax: What do you find most frustrating about this slow agony of progress in Iraq?

Perle: I have watched the president from the beginning and my sense is that his instincts have been pretty good and his policy decisions ‘“ the ones that he himself has acted on ‘“ are pretty good. But he has an administration that not only does not implement his policies, they are often hostile to his policies. He has failed to gain control of his own administration.

NewsMax: Rather than a documentary defending the decision to go to war in Iraq, perhaps folks would better appreciate Richard Perle doing something along the lines of David Halberstam’™s Vietnam-era tome ‘œThe Best and The Brightest’ ‘“ similarly discussing how we got where we are in Iraq with the best and brightest leading the way.

Perle: We just don’™t have the best and the brightest. I think Colin Powell was a disaster. He never liked the president’™s policies. He did almost nothing to get them implemented. Condi [former head of the National Security Council and now Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice] was in way over her head from the beginning, and the president gave much too much weight to her views. The administration was full of people even in the White House at the National Security Council who were hostile to the president’™s policies.

So he throws Powell and Rice under the bus. Later Perle attacks John Murtha, Pelosi, etc. They’™re the usual folks one would expect Perle to attack, but it surprises me that he’™d focus on Condi Rice. Of course, these neocons are the best example of people who cannot take responsibility for their actions. Sure, Perle pushed the decision to invade Iraq, and it didn’™t matter that there were no WMD. Most Americans have come to see that decision as a bad one. Still, were Perle to blame Bush for a bad decision, he’™d also be blaming Perle. . . so he throws Powell under the bus instead, even though Powell’™s speech before the UN was an act of loyalty that likely cemented public opinion behind Bush’™s war. Powell sacrificed his credibility for Bush, and in return for that loyalty, which cemented Perle’™s own proposal, the War in Iraq, Perle throws Powell under the bus. What a putz!

There’™s plenty other odd stuff in the interview. Perle seems deranged at times. In some ways, the NewsMax interview seems more like parody than this.

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007 by Richard Blair |

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