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Richard Perle

Perles of Wisdom

Robert J. Elisberg | Posted 05.25.2013 | Politics
Robert J. Elisberg

The reasonable question is whether the architects of the Iraq War and the Administration officials who participated in the infamous 16-word lie and then helped to out a CIA spy should be tried for war crimes.

Iraq War Architect: 'Not A Reasonable Question' To Ask Whether War Was Worth It

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 03.20.2013 | Politics

Richard Perle, the former chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and a leading advocate for the war in Iraq, said Wednesday that it was not r...

Blind Ambition

Gary Hart | Posted 04.09.2012 | World
Gary Hart

Instead of endlessly and ineffectively interviewing the Santorums of the world, wouldn't it be interesting if just one of the Sunday morning talk programs rounded up George W. Bush and his cohorts to hold them accountable for the monumental act of folly that is still unfolding in Iraq?

Jason Linkins

How To Make Gadhafi Look Good, By Various Lobbyists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As noted Tuesday, one of the more interesting things to contemplate as chaos continues to roil Libya and threaten the Gadhafi regime, is the extent to...

Jason Linkins

A Spotlight On The Libya Lobbyists

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. lifted trade sanctions against Libya in 2004, but reinstated them in 2009. As you might imagine, that brief window led to a ton of influence peddling!

An Unsanitized Look at the Origins of the Iraq War

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The debacle in Iraq is not merely a result of errors in planning or poor decision-making. Soldiers are still risking their lives every day in Iraq, "combat" or no "combat," and many more will die for this policy our neo-con leaders handed down to us.

Take Michael Hayden Off the "Curtis LeMay Today List"

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

We at The Washington Note move retired USAF General Michael Hayden out of the "Curtis LeMay Today List" that we are beginning to compile -- and back on to the roster of reasonably sensible strategists.

Shadow Elite: Neocons, The Holocaust & Emergency Powers

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

Democracy must be counted as one of the casualties of this new century's wars, and more broadly, of an era where an elite few have become masters at pressing their own self-interested agendas with impunity.

Shadow Elite: Neocons Blast Back, On Israel's Behalf

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Linda Keenan

Cheney and the Neocons run the risk of backfiring in terms of Israel. Despite the insistence that Israel is a security asset to the U.S., some say it's time for the U.S. to ask itself whether Israel might now be a "strategic liability."

Shadow Elite: March to War -- The Neocon Playbook, Straight from the Soviet Bloc

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

Despite a new administration in Washington, not to mention the damage done to their credibility since the Iraq invasion, the Neocon core lives on, because networks like it are self-propelling and enduring.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Is Ahmed Chalabi Under Iran's Thumb?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

In the case of Ahmed Chalabi, we saw an unelected power broker, not even a U.S. citizen, exerting enormous influence over our decision to go to war. That he's now said to be influenced by Iran comes as no surprise.

Shadow Elite: March to War -- Rove, Perle, & Truthiness

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Janine R. Wedel

One wishes that Iraq was now simply a matter of historian research. But the reality is that we're still there and the country is still dangerously unstable. No amount of truthiness can make that hard fact go away.

Pro-Nuclear Pundits Debunked

Frida Berrigan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frida Berrigan

Obama's efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons have also drawn harsh criticism from a chorus of nuclear war theorists intent on scaring the public into opposing the president's disarmament agenda.

Richard Perle's Apologia

Thomas Frank | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas Frank

Governing was always difficult for conservatives, but as they return to the opposition, they are rediscovering their skill at blame evasion.

Neocon Mastermind Richard Perle Denies His Own Existence

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Listening to neoconservative mastermind Richard Perle at the Nixon Center yesterday, there was a sense of falling down the rabbit hole....

Neocon Richard Perle Renounces His Role In Iraq War

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over the past few weeks, many Bush administration officials have begun rewriting history in an effort to burnish President Bush's legacy. Following su...

The Bush Presidency: Shakespearean Tragedy or Cruel Farce?

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Unlike earlier failed presidents like Herbert Hoover and Richard Nixon, Bush does not seem to acknowledge or even recognize the destruction that he has wrought.

Obama's Growing Pro-Israel Cabinet Should Not Worry Allies of Just Peace

Ray Hanania | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ray Hanania

Obama's heart is one of fairness, justice and understanding. That he must surround himself with high profile and controversial pro-Israel champions is not a real concern.

Richard Perle, War Architect, Exploring Iraq Oil Deal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Wall Street Journal reports that neoconservative war architect Richard Perle is getting back into Iraq: Influential former Pentagon official Richa...

This Word Sounds Like That Word! Obama, Osama, And Other Media Tongue-Twisters

Huffington Post | Rachel Sklar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Here is a fact of life: If you are having a conversation with someone about Obama and Osama, there is a very good chance that someone will slip up somewhere. But honestly, it's really no big deal.