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Richard Perle is a Director of the Jerusalem Post
Corporate directors are nearly always called on to make important and sometimes difficult decisions regarding the personnel and policy of the business that they are directing. What standards apply to this seeming "conflict of interest," where Perle, who heads an important federal advisory panel, is also a director of a company which owns a media outlet in a foreign country ??
Dear Friends, Patriots and Concerned Citizens:
: With allegations of conflict of interest, and possible
: blackmail of U.S. allies in Saudi Arabia hitting Richard
: Perle, the head of the chickenhawk-loaded Defense Policy
: Board, the neo-conservative hatchetmen in the press
: are trying to stop the exposes about "Clean Break,"
: the 1996 policy paper that Perle wrote for Benjamin
: Netanyahu, that mapped out war against
: Iraq, Syria, and Iran, and abrogating the Oslo Accords.
: The neo-con line is that anyone who questions Clean Break is
: an "anti-Semite." But most of Perle's defenders are on the
: same neo-con foundations' payroll.
This morning, on the Imus In The Morning radio program, the editor of the Jerusalem Post -- who has been a frequent guest by telephone from Israel for the past several months -- was audibly distressed by the supposed statements of Patrick J. Buchanan, who was interviewed by Imus on Thursday's radio program. Buchanan and Press is a cable news show being carried by MSNBC, now, and Imus has frequently hosted guests from other MSNBC productions. His radio show is syndicated and reaches about ten to twelve million listeners every day, with an additional audience of about 300,000 who view the simulcast on MSNBC. The cable network carries the first three hours of the four-hour program ( although it often botches the simulcast and sometimes will cut away from Imus for a commercial, while he is still talking to a guest or doing a comedy bit ).
Tom Rose, the editor of the Jerusalem Post, stated today that he was receiving e-mail letters and outraged faxes from "listeners" who had heard Buchanan's comments on Thursday. But he had to admit that he had not heard the interview at all and was not sure what, exactly, Buchanan had said. Then Rose noted -- in complete candor -- that Richard Perle is a Director of the Jerusalem Post and is therefore "his boss."
Normally, a director for a major news media operation would receive quarterly or annual compensation for sitting on a corporate board, executive committee, or some other form of management group with directorial responsibilities. Corporate directors are nearly always called on to make important and sometimes difficult decisions regarding the personnel and policy of the business that they are directing. What standards apply to this seeming "conflict of interest," where Perle, who heads an important federal advisory panel, is also a director of a company which owns a media outlet in a foreign country ??
In addition, given that Seymour Hersh has met with Adnan Kashoggi and has asked the Saudi billionaire direct questions about his meetings with Richard Perle ( and others among the Chickenhawks ), and Hersh has said in an interview on Free Speech TV that Perle was essentially trying to run "a shakedown" of the Saudi regime for $ 100 million -- how does this information relate to Perle's responsibilities as a Director of the Jerusalem Post ?? Which side is Richard Perle really on ??
: ... in the Moonie Washington Times, columnist Tony
: Blankley lunges after NBC's Tim Russert for asking Perle about
: Clean Break and the Israeli stake in Iraq war during a Feb. 23
: interview. "If such a respectable citadel of the
: establishment as Russert's Meet the Press can air such
: a question, we could expect worse ...." But Blankley is
: not an objective observer; he was Newt Gingrich's chief
: of staff, when Gingrich was being courted by IASPS,
: the think tank that wrote the Clean Break.
We should also remember that Newt Gingrich -- the once-favorite whipping boy of the Democratic left and liberals -- was an early and persistent advocate of stupid free trade deals like NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which established numerous new government and quasi-governmental panels and bureaus, and which William Jefferson Clinton used to provide employment for a bewildering variety of long-time Democratic Party hacks, hangers-on, patronage hawks and defeated members of Congress. So, too, Congressman Moran of Virginia ( D ), was an activist supporter of Free Trade a la Clinton !! Now, suddenly, he's "evil?" And anti-Semitic ? Does that mean he "hates" Christian Semites ( Arabs ) in Lebanon, as well as Israeli Arabs, all Jewish people and all the Arab Muslims too ??
They are all Semites, are they not ??" One suspects that Blue Dog Democrats like Moran are closer to Gingrich than not ....
Gingrich, who rode to power by embracing and usurping most of the message trumpeted by H. Ross Perot in the 1992 election, and in the 1993 arguments over "Term Limits" and other possible reforms, repeatedly sold out the Perot voters and other centrists concerned about "job losses" and the economic bloodletting that would follow in the wake of NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. Gingrich was and remains a globalist at heart, and his heart is definitely in Washington, D.C. and not in Georgia. Gingrich and Tony Blankely represent what others have called "the Stupid Factor" in the Republican Party.
Gingrich and others in the GOP marshalled the anger of conservative Democrats, native-born populists, and long-time Republican stalwarts from the Goldwater years to evict the Democrats from their control of the House of Representatives and the Senate in 1994's elections. They promptly reconvened, after winning a stunning electoral victory in that mid-term contest, and allowed a Lame Duck House and Senate to vote on and approve the most sweeping changes to the trade laws and regulations ever considered, by allowing the vote on the World Trade Organization and its enabling legislation. This was done in late November of 1994 and early December. Once accomplished, it was only a matter of a few weeks afterwards, when Mexcio -- the supposed beneficiary of NAFTA -- devalued its currency and plunged the trading partnership with the U.S. and Canada into a prolonged crisis.
Ten years after NAFTA and nine years after the WTO and all of the "concessions" to the Peoples Republic of China, the United States is bleeding red ink, losing manufacturing jobs by the thousands, losing entire industries, in fact; and the so-called "information economy" and service-industries which were promised as a palliative to the free-trade deals ... litter the economic landscape as ruins, shells, failed companies or Enron-style robberies. But Gingrich is employed, and so is Blankely and so are the liars and thieves who clustered around his supposed "enemy" or opponent -- Bill Clinton.
The take-home ?? Trust the neo-conservatives about as far as they can be hurled by a grown man using a slingshot.
Someone ought to challenge Richard Perle to reveal all of his financial interests and all his foreign media entanglements.