Perle in the stocks
UK Guardian Comment is Free section has an apology of sorts from arch-neocon Richard Perle entitled "We had the very best of intentions".
Comments by well-informed Americans, who can see past the neocon propaganda would be welcome.
Sample of Perle's wisdom :
"After the attacks of 9/11, the dreaded Bush administration asked itself what other act of terror might be in store for us. Little was known about the extent of al-Qaida's ambition, but it was believed that al-Qaida's planning cycle was 18 to 24 months so preparations for further attacks might well already be underway.
Not surprisingly, the greatest concern was that the next attack might include the use of chemical or biological weapons or nuclear material. So it seemed reasonable to draw up a list of how such an attack might be undertaken, with an emphasis on identifying the sources of weapons of mass destruction from among those states which had ties to or harbored terrorists and who hated the United States.
Saddam Hussein's Iraq topped the list".
The thread has another day to go and has already attracted more than 400 comments; seems to be running out of steam though.