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Richard Perle v. the Experts

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Published on May 2, 2007

Richard Perle, as Assistant Secretary of Defense, was interviewed by KRON-TV in 1986. He was asked to defend his belief that the USSR had tested a nuclear weapon in defiance of the Threshold Test Ban Treaty. When asked why he had ignored the opinions of government seismologists--all of whom rejected the possibility that the USSR was in violation of the treaty--he answered "I did not much care what their answer was." For an eerie echo of Perle's anti- expert stubbornness, see this 2002 pre-Iraq war article from the Mirror (UK): http://www.mirror.co.uk/catchall/tm_m...

Also, can some one do a stunning mashup of this NPR interview with Perle (10/12/2006)? In it, he is challenged about his assertion that Iraq had ties to Al Queda. He answers "I frequently hear people say that there's no evidence, and that's simply wrong. I've seen the evidence...I've looked at the evidence and I've come to a different conclusion."

Richard Perle, everyone, drawing his own conclusions: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

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