I missed this outrageous stab at double-speak a couple of days ago. Maybe you did too.
Richard Perle: 'Not A Reasonable Question' To Ask Whether Iraq War Was Worth It
by Luke Johnson, huffingtonpost.com -- 03/20/2013
[Link above has a clip of the non-answer answer quoted below.]Full NPR interview with don't-ask-me-that Perle
Richard Perle, the former chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and a leading advocate for the war in Iraq, said Wednesday that it was not reasonable to ask whether the war was worth it.
NPR "Morning Edition" host Renee Montagne asked,"Ten years later, nearly 5,000 American troops dead, thousands more with wounds, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis dead or wounded. When you think about this, was it worth it?""I've got to say, I think that is not a reasonable question. What we did at the time was done in the belief that it was necessary to protect this nation. You can't, a decade later, go back and say, 'Well, we shouldn't have done that,'" Perle responded.
Guess what Mr Perle, you CAN go back a decade later and ask those hard questions.
It's just that those Officials who led this failed experiment in preemptive geo-politics, it's just that you geo-neo-architects of human misery -- CAN'T dare to answer them, reasonably ... in the sober light of day. Ten years later.
Richard Perle, a key geo-architect of the Iraq war, is not the only Neo-con showing No Regrets, tens years after their failed global experiment has taken, and continues to takes its terrible toll ...
by David Corn, motherjones.com -- Mar 20, 2013
That was cold. In the Showtime documentary, Cheney predictably expresses no regrets, saying,"I did what I did. It’s all on the public record, and I feel very good about it. If I had it to do over again, I'd do it in a minute."Yet here is Perle going beyond no regrets to deny it is even worthwhile to consider the human costs of the war when assessing the decision to invade Iraq. His comment is modern-day Strangelove and yet another reason he deserves the nickname he earned in the 1980s: the Prince of Darkness. What transpires within Perle's soul, ultimately, is not all that important. The true tragedy is that anyone would seek -- let alone heed -- the advice of a man so averse to considering a basic (and moral) calculation.
Those who carelessly lead us into "wars of choice" had damn-well better be prepared to answer them -- the hard questions -- no matter how many years must ultimately pass, before some intrepid reporter -- gets the opportunity to -- and then dares to ask them.
THAT is the freedom we are "supposedly fighting for" ... NOT answering the question shows the ultimate disrespect for those who fought and died for you Pentagon map-makers. And to those who pay the Taxes that empowered you to redraw the geo-political lines ... to lead the country into battle, where we would otherwise never go ...