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Perles of Wisdom - An interview with Richard Perle
NRO.com ^ | 03-07-03 | Amir Taheri

Posted on 03/07/2003 4:43:46 PM PST by veronica

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1 posted on 03/07/2003 4:43:46 PM PST by veronica
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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2 posted on 03/07/2003 4:47:56 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Ideas have consequences)
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To: veronica
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3 posted on 03/07/2003 4:58:17 PM PST by meema
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To: veronica
Full of sharp wit, terse, and brilliant. I got a special kick out of this zinger:

"Mitchell? You must be kidding."
4 posted on 03/07/2003 5:03:26 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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"Mitchell? You must be kidding."

LOL

5 posted on 03/07/2003 5:17:43 PM PST by NewYorker
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To: veronica
... before the military coups ruined the Arab world...

Which coups is he referring to?

6 posted on 03/07/2003 6:00:08 PM PST by liberallarry
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To: veronica
"Taheri: Some Arabs see you as an enemy
Perle: They are wrong."

What a shame.

--Boris

7 posted on 03/07/2003 6:26:22 PM PST by boris
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
What kind of drivel is this? What precisely defines him as a chicken hawk? I will certainly choose the reasoned well educated views of Mr. Perle over the overheated, rationally crippled, hyper-hypocritical, emotional babble of the anti-America left.
9 posted on 03/07/2003 7:12:21 PM PST by hatfieldmccoy
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
I personally favor the view of . . . Charley Reese.

I know that Charlie has other positions, but do you agree with him on Israel, Islam and Iraq, and the conclusions or implications he makes?

There is only one nuclear power in the Middle East: Israel.

There is only one country in the Middle East that refuses to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty: Israel.

There is only one country in the Middle East that refuses to allow international inspections of its nuclear facilities: Israel.

There is only one country in the Middle East that stands in defiance of more than 60 United Nations resolutions: Israel.

There is only one country in the Middle East that invaded and continues to occupy land belonging to its neighbors: Israel.

I am not setting out to bash Israel, but merely to point out undeniable facts that most of the America media and American politicians studiously ignore.

It's not fair to threaten Iraq with war for allegedly violating U.N. resolutions while protecting Israel from any consequences for violating more U.N. resolutions.

It's not fair to go to war to undo the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq while condoning the continued occupation by Israel of portions of Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.

It's not fair to threaten Iraq and Iran about weapons of mass destruction while remaining silent about those possessed by Israel.

It's not fair to harp on the crimes committed by Saddam Hussein while rationalizing the crimes committed by Israel. Do you realize that in just one week, the Israelis killed 33 Palestinians?

Fairness was once the characteristic of the American republic. It consists simply of doing exactly what our great founder, George Washington, recommended: treat all countries the same, showing neither favoritism nor enmity to any. Moreover, he pleaded, do not involve yourself in other people's feuds and quarrels. And finally, he warned against the evils of foreign influence in our domestic affairs.

Every single foreign policy problem we face, including the threat of terrorism, is a result of violating those three admonitions: We don't treat all nations the same; we do involve ourselves in other people's quarrels; and we have allowed foreign influence to exert tremendous influence on our policies. Far from being the republic Washington and his contemporaries gave us, we have become an empire, very much like Rome.

The truth is, we have no natural enemies except the North Koreans, who are taught from the cradle to hate us. Islam is not our enemy. The Arab world is not our enemy. Iran is not our enemy. Russia and China are not our enemies. Except for the North Koreans, the only enemies we have in this world are those we created with our unjust policies and actions.

President Bush fancies himself a Christian. It's too bad he isn't, but then most Christians would not be recognizable to Christ if he returned to Earth. Peace, love and justice are not very fashionable in many Christian circles these days. Many of them prefer war, provided they don't have to fight it.

11 posted on 03/07/2003 8:19:37 PM PST by Diddley (Growing older is mandatory. Growing up is optional.)
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
One can turn an enemy into an ally or at least into an equal.

I am struck by the integrity of Mr Perle's responses. I have been struck time and again over the past 3 years at the breadth and depth of this Administration's vision.

Time and again, America has shown that she can come back from the depths and protect herself, taking care of whatever forces are arrayed against us, foreign, domestic, asymmetrical, proxies or challengers. Being perpetually at war, isolated, paranoid, hair-trigger, aggressive will not give us the way of life we cherish. The approach outlined here at least gives us a shot.

I am certain that we have contingencies for a French veto and worse. It is eventually their lookout.

Risk and competition are essentials of capitalism. The quintessentialy American aspect of this is to also be relaxed and have fun as long as no one is getting in our face and going back to having fun once we take care of them.

You are, of course, entitled to your POV. It is a minority one, however.
13 posted on 03/07/2003 8:42:21 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
Buchanan won't run again. Who else on the right representing these views could get elected?

IMO, FR represents the spectrum of the conservative movement. It isn't just the old Far Right any longer, which is probably why it is now ascendant.
15 posted on 03/07/2003 8:54:26 PM PST by reformedliberal
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To: Diddley
Yes, interesting article from Reese. This stood out to me: Islam is not our enemy. The Arab world is not our enemy. Reese Actually, it is radical Islam that murdered 3000 citizens on 9/11/2001. It is the arab street rabble brainwashed by hatefilled Arab and Palestinian leaders that pass out candy and dance with smiles broad on their faces when 3000 Americans are murdered on 9/11/2001. Mister Reese is at least a bit blind, but I fancy he's more an isolationist troll. As to your 'friend's' regard for Buchabanana ... that foolishness speaks volumes.
16 posted on 03/07/2003 9:10:06 PM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote Life Support for others.)
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I agree.
He says he will respond tomorrow.
17 posted on 03/07/2003 10:34:23 PM PST by Diddley (A good poker player never wears a wristwatch [credit to another Freeper])
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
"He seems to take a highly aggressive view of foreign policy matters..."

Perle takes a realistic view that is underscored by 6,000 years of human history. Diplomacy lacking the threat of the potential use of military force is feckless as was seen under Bill Clinton's 8 years of empty agreements that left us with a more dangerous world.

Our "vacation from history" under Clinton is over; now we have to clean up the mess.
18 posted on 03/07/2003 11:54:34 PM PST by ggekko
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
I personally favor the view of the Traditional Conservative Right, exemplified by luminaries such as Patrick J. Buchanan, William Lind, Sam Francis, and Charley Reese.

They are not on the Traditional Conservative Right, they are on the lunatic fringe.

19 posted on 03/08/2003 2:12:33 AM PST by veronica (Revenge is a dish best served cold....)
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To: Dom Infante Henriques
Perle defended himself against these charges here

Richard Perle: The Making of a Neoconservative

Decide for yourself whether he was good at it.

20 posted on 03/08/2003 7:44:26 AM PST by liberallarry
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