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Old 03-27-2003, 06:23 PM   #1
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"Prince of Darkness" resigns.

This is one of the people in the administration that I do not like. He resigned today. He was one of, if not THE main organizer of the Hawks in the administration. I find this very very disturbing that he can push and push for war and then leave when it starts.

Former Pentagon official Richard Perle resigns as key Rumsfeld adviser
By Robert Burns, Associated Press, 3/27/2003 18:19
WASHINGTON (AP) Richard Perle, a former Reagan administration Pentagon official, resigned Thursday as chairman of the Defense Policy Board that is a key advisory arm for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

In a brief written statement, Rumsfeld thanked Perle for his service and made no mention of why Perle resigned. He said he had asked Perle to remain as a member of the board.

''He has been an excellent chairman and has led the Defense Policy Board during an important time in our history,'' Rumsfeld said. ''I should add that I have known Richard Perle for many years and know him to be a man of integrity and honor.''

Perle was an assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan administration. He took the advisory board chairman's post early in Rumsfeld's tenure.

Perle became embroiled in a recent controversy stemming from a New Yorker magazine article that said he had lunch in January with controversial Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi and a Saudi industrialist.

The industrialist, Harb Saleh Zuhair, was interested in investing in a venture capital firm, Trireme Partners, of which Perle is a managing partner. Nothing ever came of the lunch in Marseilles; no investment was made. But the New Yorker story, written by Seymour M. Hersh, suggested that Perle, a longtime critic of the Saudi regime, was inappropriately mixing business and politics.

Perle called the report preposterous and ''monstrous.''

Perle, 61, was so strongly opposed to nuclear arms control agreements with the former Soviet Union during his days in the Reagan administration that he became known as ''the Prince of Darkness.''
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I find this very very disturbing that he can push and push for war and then leave when it starts.
i agree but i'm glad he's gone. unfortunately i'm sure he will still be a bad influence within the administration.

he scares me.
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]Rumsfeld thanked Perle for his service and made no mention of why Perle resigned. He said he had asked Perle to remain as a member of the board.

He is not gone.

Most of you were not adults in the early eighties. You will not remember the nuclear freeze movement, the marches. The strongest opposition to them was Perle, Adelman, and Wolferwitz.

They advocated a first strike on the USSR to take out their nukes and free the Soviet people. They called it a pre-emptive strike in self defense. They pushed real hard, they had Raeganís ear, but cooler heads prevailed. Well, some ten years later the USSR collapsed. I shudder to think if Perle and his bunch had their way.

Well, they had their way, this time. Information was provided to the intelligence committee that indicated that Saddam was trying o acquire nuclear materials from Nigeria. This same evidence was given at the UN and proven to be fraudulent. We are in this war that congress supported based on fraudulent evidence.
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I was initially elated with this news, except that it's a half-assed resignation. He's resigning as head of the panel, but will remain on board. He still has plenty of ears in Washington when he talks, so let's not kid ourselves that he's suddenly lost his influence. His resignation, in actuality, is just to take some of the heat off of him politically. He's been feeling a lot of pressure recently- with investigations into his past involving his clean-break document, INC, PNAC, JINSA, and more recently his potential for a 'conflict of interest'. Though, that shouldn't be too surprising, because the Bush administration is certaintly no stranger to the concept. I am also concerned that he can just 'leave' after being such a key player in starting this. But, I suppose, his 'work' is done, and he can retreat back for a little while until the next stage of 'his' plan is to be implemented.
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This is a pattern in these Republican administrations, which is why people like Rumsfeld keep on resurfacing, even though he is a relic of past administrations in the 1970s.

They don't retire. They just resurface elsewhere.

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There is always a place for a man who said that a goverment never need to listen to protesters because they are to stupid to understand and that it is ironic that the amounth of anti-war protesters is the same as the amounth of killed Jews in the world war II ( Feb 2003 )
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They advocated a first strike on the USSR to take out their nukes and free the Soviet people. They called it a pre-emptive strike in self defense. They pushed real hard, they had Reaganís ear, but cooler heads prevailed. Well, some ten years later the USSR collapsed. I shudder to think if Perle and his bunch had their way.
Now that's scary.
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