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June 28, 1992 | Ross Thomas, Thomas's next novel, "Voodoo, Ltd.," will be published in October by The Mysterious Press
Were it not for the brilliant, gutsy and somewhat rotund assistant secretary of defense in this first novel by Richard Perle--himself a former assistant secretary of defense--the genial if dimwitted President of the United States would have given away the nuclear-arms store at that summit meeting with the Soviets in Helsinki in 1986. Perle has been promising or threatening to write a novel for years.
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November 28, 2007 | Alan Weisman, Alan Weisman is the author of the first biography of Richard Perle, "Prince of Darkness -- Richard Perle: The Kingdom, the Power, and the End of Empire in America."
On a cold morning last winter, I arrived at the home of Richard Perle outside Washington for a scheduled interview. I was about 10 minutes early, so I chose to shiver a bit on the front porch. Perle, the point man for the neoconservatives' drive for regime change throughout the Middle East, had agreed to spend time me with for a book I was writing about his life and times. Just then, the front door opened and out stepped Perle and a robust young man who was obviously in a hurry.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
November 8, 2006
Re "Perle says he should not have backed Iraq war," Nov. 4 Former Pentagon advisor and neoconservative Richard Perle's clear statement that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake belonged on the front page. Perle has long been recognized as a major backer of President Bush's tragic Middle East acts. As the killing in Iraq goes on, the Taliban resurges in neglected Afghanistan, Iran's president trumpets U.S. failures and the U.S. loses further military, political and economic prowess. This is the time to throw the rascals out of Congress who have slavishly supported all the destructive acts of the Bush administration.
OPINION
November 10, 2003
Re "Has Cheney Turned Into a Liability?" by Mary Lynn Jones and Thomas Schaller, Commentary, Nov. 6: This is an obvious attempt to find scapegoats for the Bush administration's failure in many facets of the right-wing legislative agenda. Although predictable, I find it fascinating that to protect the bumbling George W. Bush and ensure his 2004 reelection the conservatives are ready to toss their thinking heads on the trash heap. Just where does the buck stop? Jim Caputo Valley Village Vice President Dick Cheney will be replaced on the 2004 Republican ticket only if he and his fellow neoconservatives so decide.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Saying he wanted to avoid distracting the Bush administration from the war in Iraq, Richard Perle resigned as chairman of a Pentagon advisory board Thursday following criticism of his role in advising a bankrupt telecommunications company seeking government approval to sell to foreign buyers. Perle said that he was stepping down voluntarily as chairman of the Defense Policy Board and that he had not been pressured by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to do so.
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June 6, 1986 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
Congress "will stand with the Soviets" if it enacts legislation to force President Reagan to abide by the 1979 strategic arms limitation treaty, a top Administration official charged Thursday. The statement by Assistant Defense Secretary Richard N. Perle to members of the House Armed Services Committee clearly angered proponents of the treaty, some of whom already have introduced legislation that would reverse Reagan's decision to abandon the treaty.
OPINION
November 8, 2006
Re "Perle says he should not have backed Iraq war," Nov. 4 Former Pentagon advisor and neoconservative Richard Perle's clear statement that the invasion of Iraq was a mistake belonged on the front page. Perle has long been recognized as a major backer of President Bush's tragic Middle East acts. As the killing in Iraq goes on, the Taliban resurges in neglected Afghanistan, Iran's president trumpets U.S. failures and the U.S. loses further military, political and economic prowess. This is the time to throw the rascals out of Congress who have slavishly supported all the destructive acts of the Bush administration.
OPINION
May 22, 2004
Re "Bush Gains in Efforts to Win Over Jewish Vote," May 19: For the longest time now I have kept my mouth shut. I know, when we're over at a Jewish friend's house or going to some synagogue function, to steer clear of any discussion involving Iraq. My support of President Bush has made me a political pariah. You can imagine how relieved I am to see the thunderous display of affection for our president at his recent speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. As one delegate put it, he is the first president to understand that "the terrorism Israel has had is now the terrorism the U.S. has."
NEWS
November 11, 1985 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, Times Staff Writer
The wise men of U.S. foreign policy, upon hearing that Soviet soldiers had briefly held a U.S. military team in East Germany at gunpoint in early September, were in agreement: In the interest of cooling the angry rhetoric between East and West as the Reagan-Gorbachev summit meeting approached, they would not draw attention to the incident. For eight days, the secret was kept. On the ninth--an otherwise quiet Sunday in Washington--it burst into the open when Defense Secretary Caspar W.
OPINION
May 22, 2004
Re "Bush Gains in Efforts to Win Over Jewish Vote," May 19: For the longest time now I have kept my mouth shut. I know, when we're over at a Jewish friend's house or going to some synagogue function, to steer clear of any discussion involving Iraq. My support of President Bush has made me a political pariah. You can imagine how relieved I am to see the thunderous display of affection for our president at his recent speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. As one delegate put it, he is the first president to understand that "the terrorism Israel has had is now the terrorism the U.S. has."
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February 22, 2004 | Warren I. Cohen, Warren I. Cohen is Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Readers old enough to have enjoyed the John Birch Society's 1950s attacks on the Eisenhower administration -- the suggestions that President Eisenhower and Secretary of State John Foster Dulles were conscious dupes of the internationalist communist conspiracy -- will be delighted by the new book "An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror."
OPINION
November 10, 2003
Re "Has Cheney Turned Into a Liability?" by Mary Lynn Jones and Thomas Schaller, Commentary, Nov. 6: This is an obvious attempt to find scapegoats for the Bush administration's failure in many facets of the right-wing legislative agenda. Although predictable, I find it fascinating that to protect the bumbling George W. Bush and ensure his 2004 reelection the conservatives are ready to toss their thinking heads on the trash heap. Just where does the buck stop? Jim Caputo Valley Village Vice President Dick Cheney will be replaced on the 2004 Republican ticket only if he and his fellow neoconservatives so decide.
NATIONAL
March 28, 2003 | John Hendren, Times Staff Writer
Saying he wanted to avoid distracting the Bush administration from the war in Iraq, Richard Perle resigned as chairman of a Pentagon advisory board Thursday following criticism of his role in advising a bankrupt telecommunications company seeking government approval to sell to foreign buyers. Perle said that he was stepping down voluntarily as chairman of the Defense Policy Board and that he had not been pressured by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld to do so.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2002 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
A huge video screen hung from the ceiling, behind the ornate mahogany desks and oil portraits of elders that give the House International Relations Committee room an air of history. Peering down from the screen, three times the size of anyone else in the room, was the committee's next witness, live from the U.S. Embassy in London. Chairman Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.), no small figure himself, looked up at the screen and observed, "Richard Perle is hovering over us."
BOOKS
June 28, 1992 | Ross Thomas, Thomas's next novel, "Voodoo, Ltd.," will be published in October by The Mysterious Press
Were it not for the brilliant, gutsy and somewhat rotund assistant secretary of defense in this first novel by Richard Perle--himself a former assistant secretary of defense--the genial if dimwitted President of the United States would have given away the nuclear-arms store at that summit meeting with the Soviets in Helsinki in 1986. Perle has been promising or threatening to write a novel for years.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2002 | Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer
A huge video screen hung from the ceiling, behind the ornate mahogany desks and oil portraits of elders that give the House International Relations Committee room an air of history. Peering down from the screen, three times the size of anyone else in the room, was the committee's next witness, live from the U.S. Embassy in London. Chairman Henry J. Hyde (R-Ill.), no small figure himself, looked up at the screen and observed, "Richard Perle is hovering over us."
NEWS
November 28, 2007 | Alan Weisman, Alan Weisman is the author of the first biography of Richard Perle, "Prince of Darkness -- Richard Perle: The Kingdom, the Power, and the End of Empire in America."
On a cold morning last winter, I arrived at the home of Richard Perle outside Washington for a scheduled interview. I was about 10 minutes early, so I chose to shiver a bit on the front porch. Perle, the point man for the neoconservatives' drive for regime change throughout the Middle East, had agreed to spend time me with for a book I was writing about his life and times. Just then, the front door opened and out stepped Perle and a robust young man who was obviously in a hurry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
June 6, 1986 | SARA FRITZ, Times Staff Writer
Congress "will stand with the Soviets" if it enacts legislation to force President Reagan to abide by the 1979 strategic arms limitation treaty, a top Administration official charged Thursday. The statement by Assistant Defense Secretary Richard N. Perle to members of the House Armed Services Committee clearly angered proponents of the treaty, some of whom already have introduced legislation that would reverse Reagan's decision to abandon the treaty.
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