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Prince of Darkness Denies Own Existence

Listening to neoconservative mastermind Richard Perle at the Nixon Center yesterday, there was a sense of falling down the rabbit hole.

In real life, Perle was the ideological architect of the Iraq war and of the Bush doctrine of preemptive attack. But at yesterday's forum of foreign policy intellectuals, he created a fantastic world in which:

1. Perle is not a neoconservative.

2. Neoconservatives do not exist.

3. Even if neoconservatives did exist, they certainly couldn't be blamed for the disasters of the past eight years.

"There is no such thing as a neoconservative foreign policy," Perle informed the gathering, hosted by National Interest magazine. "It is a left critique of what is believed by the commentator to be a right-wing policy."

So what about the 1996 report he co-authored that is widely seen as the cornerstone of neoconservative foreign policy? "My name was on it because I signed up for the study group," Perle explained. "I didn't approve it. I didn't read it."

Mm-hmm. And the two letters to the president, signed by Perle, giving a "moral" basis to Middle East policy and demanding military means to remove Saddam Hussein? "I don't have the letters in front of me," Perle replied.

Read the whole Sketch here.

By Dana Milbank  | February 20, 2009; 2:18 PM ET
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Hold on...

*unties shoe*...

Say that again?

Posted by: BobFever | February 20, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The neocons are taking a play from the commies playbook of the past, as has Carl Rove & his disciples. The commie rule was: if you repeat the same lie over & over long enough,sooner or later the uninformed will begin to believe it.PAY ATTENTION AMERICA!!! The republican machine has started the repeats.Did you see Alan Keyes repeating the same crap about our President not being a citizen?? Of course, Keyes has never read the Constitution & yes "Lush Limpy", Hawaii is a part of the Union.Keyes also said some military people had filed a suit to see if they had to follow Obama's orders. WILL SOMEONE CALL THIS GUY OUT!! Provide specifics. i would like to know who & where. We know about the guy who filed a suit before the election, but that was throw out as have other cases this guy has filed.Perle is only doing what the Rovies have done for years: repeat the lies.

Posted by: tlrasnic | February 21, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

Obviously with the results of neoconservative plans and goals looking less than sterling, its architects need to run for cover!

Posted by: RealChoices | February 21, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

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