In real life, Richard Perle is the neoconservative mastermind who devised the Bush Doctrine and argued vociferously for the Iraq war. But apparently, Perle lives in a different world, writes Dana Milbank of the Washington Post. At a foreign policy forum yesterday, Perle insisted that:
- He is not a neoconservative.
- Neoconservatives don't exist.
- If they did exist, you couldn’t blame them for Bush’s foreign policy.
“There is no such thing as a neoconservative foreign policy,” Perle insisted. So what about the 1996 report he co-authored that lays out neoconservative foreign policy? “I didn’t approve it. I didn’t read it.” His barnstorming tome An End to Evil? “There’s hardly an ideology in that book.” His cheerleading for the Iraq war? “Regime change does not imply military force … when I use the term."