According to Richard Perle, neocons don’t exist and he is not the man who led the Bush administration and the Republican Party into the black hole of oblivion.
Those who have followed Perle’s serpentine trip through the bowels of Washington’s power structure know he is one of the most dangerous men in government. However, Perle, like so many who served Bush, seems to live in a world of his own.
It’s called denial and few have mastered the art of denial better than Perle.
Reports Dana Milbank in The Washington Post:
Listening to neoconservative mastermind Richard Perle at the Nixon Center yesterday, there was a sense of falling down the rabbit hole.
In real life, Perle was the ideological architect of the Iraq war and of the Bush doctrine of preemptive attack. But at yesterday’s forum of foreign policy intellectuals, he created a fantastic world in which:
1. Perle is not a neoconservative.
2. Neoconservatives do not exist.
3. Even if neoconservatives did exist, they certainly couldn’t be blamed for the disasters of the past eight years.
"There is no such thing as a neoconservative foreign policy," Perle informed the gathering, hosted by National Interest magazine. "It is a left critique of what is believed by the commentator to be a right-wing policy."
And there will be pork in the treetops by morning.