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Perle's Departure From Pentagon

March 23, 1987

While John Pike's thoughtful, informative article about Perle's resignation doesn't mention this, Perle has said that he is leaving the Pentagon to concentrate on fiction--which some Perle-watchers say is no change at all.

A rigid hard-liner on arms control, this man's politics are so far to the right--in my view, far to the right of Attila the Hun--that he has won the fawning admiration of columnist George Will.

And around Washington, where it is generally agreed that after a nuclear war no survivor could tell the difference between communist and capitalist ashes, it is also generally agreed that the only survivor who could make that distinction is Richard Perle.

HAROLD WILLENS

Los Angeles

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