Perle goes as far as to say that, if he had his time over, he would not advocate an invasion of Iraq: "I think if I had been delphic, and had seen where we are today, and people had said, 'Should we go into Iraq?,' I think now I probably would have said, 'No, let's consider other strategies for dealing with the thing that concerns us most, which is Saddam supplying weapons of mass destruction to terrorists.' … I don't say that because I no longer believe that Saddam had the capability to produce weapons of mass destruction, or that he was not in contact with terrorists. I believe those two premises were both correct. Could we have managed that threat by means other than a direct military intervention? Well, maybe we could have."
That is an amazing quote for a person who has to rank in the top ten in bearing responsibility for the war. Thousands were against it in the first place. Most of the world did not believe that Iraq had WMD. Other alternatives including taking enough time to find out if government policy was right were available. Now Perle says maybe we could have... The moral is that the United States has been very badly managed in this war. The lesson is that a small group of people seem to have the ability to take over the policy of this government and bolt the nation into an ill considered war that is wasting our resourses and the lives of our young people. Great job Mr. Perle
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