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Monday, July 28, 2003
unbearable murkiness of Paul Wolfowitz
DEPUTY Defence Secretary Paul
Wolfowitz has directly linked the war on Iraq
to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,
signalling another shift in Washington's defence of
a conflict that continues to claim American lives
mention Iraqi lives
Wolfowitz, in a series of interviews on U.S.
television networks yesterday, appeared to ignore
intelligence reports, which have discredited links
between Iraq and Al Qaeda and the war on
He sought to defend President George W.
Bush's administration against charges that it
had misled Americans on the threat posed by deposed
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, saying the
government cannot wait for "murky" intelligence to
crystallize because it may be too late.
"The battle to secure the peace in Iraq is now
the central battle on the war on terrorism,"
said on Meet the Press.
"Stop and think (left), if in 2001, or in
2000, or in 1999, we had gone to war in Afghanistan
to deal with Osama bin Laden, and we had
tried to say it's because he's planning to kill
3,000 people in New York, people would have said,
you don't have any proof of that," he said.
"I think the lesson of Sept. 11 is that you
can't wait until proof after the fact.
"It surprises me sometimes that people have
forgotten so soon what Sept. 11, I think, should
have taught us about terrorism," he added.
"And that's what this is all about," he
Perle resigns from Pentagon policy board in
with Goldman Sachs of war
Christopher Deliso: Suing
in England, Vacationing in France: the Misplaced
Patriotism of Perle
York Times: "Mr. Perle, who as chairman of
the Defense Policy Board has been a leading
advocate of the United States' invasion of Iraq,
spoke on Wednesday in a conference call
sponsored by Goldman Sachs, in which he
advised participants on possible investment
opportunities arising from the war. The
conference's title was "Implications of an
Imminent War: Iraq Now. North Korea Next?"
[Note that Richard "Spiv" Perle is also on
the Board of a UK company, Autonomy:
they deserve a dishonourable mention].
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