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PBS airs Richard Perle Infomercial

April 18, 2007

In the America at a Crossroads series, we witness the fruits of the labor of the Bush administration to promote “fairness” over our national public television network. Richard Perle presented his documentary “The Case for War,” where he walks around the nation presenting his ideas like a neo-con Johnny Appleseed, matching wits with the likes of Pat Buchanan. It was pretty funny, actually. Perle trotted out the Iranian version of Ahmed Chalabi and trotted out video of his arch enemies, Martin Sheen and Jessica Lange. Perle told viewers how he sat at a pool in LA and listened to liberals rant when he was a lad and he thought they were nuts. He also blamed rock music and movies for the spread of anti-American views in the world. He has a point if he means that people hate us because of Bad Boys II.

Of course Perle blames mismanagement on the failure of Iraq, and I suppose as any good idealogue should, he holds stedfast to his ideals. It’s just that in the face of such an abject failure of the neo-con ideology, specifically on the efficacy of preemptive wars, he should probably just go back to the lab. He’ll have plenty of time since the party most likely to support his think-tankisms will be out of power for the next decade.

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  1. bridgett permalink
    April 18, 2007 11:26 am

    I gave up about halfway through because he was so clownishly bad at making the case for the war and so repetitively unpersuasive; in the face of changing events, he apparently lacks the capacity to reassess. If this was the guy even partially responsible for the intellectual architecture of the war, I can readily see why it was planned and executed so poorly. PBS did US audiences a favor by handing Perle a shovel and letting him dig.

    The core problem here is the inability, in all cases administration-wide, to admit that they were wrong (collectively and individually) and take responsibility. That, and using geopolitical models that were outdated in the Nixon administration and haven’t gotten more relevant in the past 40 years.

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