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November 04, 2006

As A Fellow Idea Man, I Feel For Richard Perle

Richard Perle, now:

Huge mistakes were made, and I want to be very clear on this: They were not made by neoconservatives, who had almost no voice in what happened, and certainly almost no voice in what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad. I'm getting damn tired of being described as an architect of the war. I was in favor of bringing down Saddam. Nobody said, "Go design the campaign to do that." I had no responsibility for that.

Me, two years ago: job is to be the idea man. It's not my responsibility if my ideas are completely unworkable, highly dangerous, against the law, or all three. (For instance: I think America should invade the Vatican and install Ahmed Chalabi as Pope. But how this should be implemented is up to my subordinates.)

Posted at November 4, 2006 03:56 PM | TrackBack

Richard Perle needs a translator: me.

"Huge mistakes were made, and I want to be very clear on this: I am such a despicable, greasy sleazebag that I would never own up to the huge loads of crap that my perverted brain constantly churns out. I am Pottery Barn in reverse: I break it, you own it. Or, as my friends say, Cowardice is Me."

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at November 4, 2006 04:39 PM

Rat. Sinking ship.

Posted by: Lloyd at November 4, 2006 05:11 PM

Rat. Sinking ship.

Oh, sure, that's just what I'd expect to hear from you people. But the fact remains my plan to install Ahmed Chalabi as Pope COULD HAVE WORKED. Sure, it looks like a catastrophe NOW. But the real failure is that of the people tasked with executing it.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at November 4, 2006 05:34 PM

"Once the rockets are up, who cares
where they come down
That's not my department," says Wernher Von Braun

Tom Lehrer, "Wernher Von Braun

Posted by: donescobar at November 4, 2006 06:13 PM

Although the new JPII comic may be the first for a Pope, it was back in the 1980s that I read a comic book bio of a saint, the Marvel Comics/Paulist press co-publication, Francis, Brother of the Universe. It sold a half million copies in English and Spanish. Apparently it's now out of print, but someone is offering a copy for $24.95 at amazon.

Posted by: mistah charley at November 4, 2006 07:14 PM

In that same article, another one of the neocons (forget which evil bastard) blamed the entire problem of the Iraq war on the *women* in the Bush Admin (he listed Condi, Karen Hughes and one other person I forget) and Bush himself.

yeah, when you let women run things, that is what causes all the problems. Now how could Wolfowitz/perle/etc have been more in charge - that is not the point! There were women in the admin, so it must have been their fault.

Wow, these people are really giving a new depth to the concept of cowardice. Blame it on a girl!

Posted by: Anna in Portland (was Cairo) at November 4, 2006 07:39 PM

Update to my comment, it was Michael Ledeen, here:

Posted by: Anna in Portland (was Cairo) at November 4, 2006 07:44 PM

Anna in Portland,

The third was Laura and the fourth was Harriet Miers.

Posted by: SPIIDERWEB™ at November 4, 2006 09:46 PM

If only Ahmed Chalabi had been running Enron... Or was he?

Posted by: Bob In Pacifica at November 4, 2006 10:38 PM

Things aren't completely hopeless. The Democrats will crown Chalabi pope. Then we'll all go to the fair and ride ponies and eat cotton candy. You'll see.

Posted by: Lloyd at November 4, 2006 10:39 PM

Perle is a Big Idea Man and Bush is a Big Picture Man. The kid who emailed Abu Ghraib photos to the newspapers screwed the whole thing up.

Posted by: abb1 at November 5, 2006 03:23 AM

Every snowflake in an avalanche pleads innocent.

Posted by: Whistler Blue at November 6, 2006 04:28 PM