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Friday, December 15, 2006

Perles of Twisted Wisdom

I wasn't the only one who thought Richard Perle was totally out-to-lunch with his "Iraq needed a De Gaulle" comment.

A couple of days ago I said: Totally disgraced Richard Perle should just shut up.. Yesterday, Gulf News was equally as critical:

Perle's wisdom misguided

Nonsense, nearly four years after the Iraq invasion, continues to be uttered from the lips of discredited neocons. The latest example comes from Richard Perle, a former architect of George W. Bush's foreign policy. He said what the Iraq invasion needed was a De Gaulle figure to lead the tanks into Baghdad.
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First, the Americans had chosen Iraqi figures to lead the country but they suffered from being linked to corruption and unpopularity among Iraqis. Second, if the Americans had gone in with a military strongman in the De Gaulle mould, they would have been rightly accused of replacing one military leader with another.
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Perle is deceiving himself if he believes even if a De Gaulle figure had existed for Iraq the Americans would have listened to what he said. Iraq's post-invasion troubles stem from Washington's political and military incompetence. The plight of Iraq today is not because a De Gaulle figure did not lead the troops but because there was neither a Truman nor a Churchill to comprehend the consequences of invasion and plan accordingly.


Here is the original article (in PDF format).

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