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Richard Perle served as an assistant secretary of defense in the Reagan administration and as chairman of the Defense Policy Board under President George W. Bush. He is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Hear David Frum, Ken Adelman, Mark Danner, and Katha Pollitt discuss the future of neoconservatism at The New Yorker Festival.
Well thought out presentation of the terrorist problem and possible solutions facing America. Those who see our terrorist threat primarily as a legal problem will react badly to what the authors have to say (and might even try to score the book low not on its merits, but because they're afraid of its content and want to supress a valid point of view). Those who see a need for solutions with less due process and more direct action will appreciate the analysis. The work is an excellent contribution to the debate over where we go from here.
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I listened to this book because I have seen Perle in interviews on PBS's Frontline documentaries, where he always comes off as very calm, lucid, knowledgeable and earnest, despite his reputation as a rabid neo-con and a self described "hard-liner".
That said, after reading this book Perle has lost all credibilty with me. He knowingly uses discredited information throughout the book to support his arguments, apparently assuming that many of the people that will read this book are ignorant of information readily available in the press. He rails against Saudi Arabia as a corrupt, oppressive, terrorist sponsoring nation and blames the US govt for coddling them, then gives the Bush administration a complete pass on the topic, despite the fact that the Bush administration has the worst record of muzzling criticism of Saudi Arabia, and, not coincidentally, more conflicts of interests with regard to shared financial interests with Saudis than any other administration.
Apparently Perle muzzles his own criticism of Bush because Bush has bought into the Perle's dream of establishing permanent US world dominance by any means necessary, including preemptive warfare against weak nations who oppose us (and I'm not just talking about Iraq. That's just the beginning for Perle).
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