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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061104/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_iraq_critics_4

The rats are leaving the sinking ship of Iraq – even those rats who created the leaks in the first place:

A leading conservative proponent of the U.S.-led invasion of
Iraq now says dysfunction within the Bush administration has turned U.S. policy there into a disaster. Richard Perle, who chaired a committee of Pentagon policy advisers early in the Bush administration, said had he seen at the start of the war in 2003 where it would go, he probably would not have advocated an invasion to depose Saddam Hussein. Perle was an assistant secretary of defense under President Reagan.

“I probably would have said, ‘Let’s consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists,'” he told Vanity Fair magazine in its upcoming January issue.

This is fascinating: It (self-)serves to exonerate Perle in the same manner as the Nixon convicts finding religion. And it also indicates that the real power brokers in Washington are starting to cut the strings to their puppet. I would say Perle’s dissent would be a lot more commendable if it had come before the Republicans and their (free)Base began their spectacular implosion, but this is not a trustworthy man. He really is the type of sub-human without whose existence the world would have been a better place. Sadly, we’ll be stuck with him, his policies, and likely his next puppet President for years to come.

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