November 4th, 2006

Chris Keeley

David Rose, Vanity Fair, on Neocons and Iraq

 Neo Culpa

  As Iraq slips further into chaos, the war's neoconservative boosters
  have turned sharply on the Bush administration, charging that their
  grand designs have been undermined by White House incompetence. In a
  series of exclusive interviews, Richard Perle, Kenneth Adelman,
  David Frum, and others play the blame game with shocking frankness.
  Target No. 1: the president himself.

      by David Rose VF.COM November 3, 2006

Richard Perle. /Photograph by Nigel Parry./

I remember sitting with Richard Perle in his suite at London's Grosvenor
House hotel and receiving a private lecture on the importance of
securing victory in Iraq. "Iraq is a very good candidate for democratic
reform," he said. "It won't be Westminster overnight, but the great
democracies of the world didn't achieve the full, rich structure of
democratic governance overnight. The Iraqis have a decent chance of
succeeding." Perle seemed to exude the scent of liberation, as well as a
whiff of gunpowder. It was February 2003, and Operation Iraqi Freedom,
the culmination of his long campaign on behalf of regime change in Iraq,
was less than a month away.

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