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PERLE OVER BARREL

by Rosalinda Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2003 at 5:39 AM

MORE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST COME TO LIGHT AMONG DEFENSE POLICY BOARD MEMBERS. A forthcoming report from the Center for Public Integrity, points out that board member and former CIA chief James Woolsey, is a senior executive at consultancy Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., which received 8 million in Pentagon contracts in 2002.

[Source: WaPo, 3/28, by Walter Pincus and Christopher Lee]

PERLE'S TROUBLES NOT OVER. Rep. Conyers (D-Michigan), who

had requested the Defense Department's Inspector General to

investigate Perle's business dealings, called his resignation as

Chairman, "a small step in the right direction."

But he will press on with his request for the investigation.

"If he is continuing as a member of the board,

that continues to be a problem," said Conyers.

On Wednesday, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking

Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Commitee, wrote Rumsfeld

that Perle's business dealings create "the appearance that he is

using public office for private gain, and [undermine] public

confidence that important decisions of the department will be

made on the merits."

Levin called on Perle to resign from the board

"or make a commitment not to have any formal contact with

[defense] officials on behalf of a client." Levin declined to

comment on Perle's remaining on the board.

[Source: NYT, Mar 21, by Stephen Labaton, and EIR files]

PERLE'S CONFLICT OF INTERESTS ARE MANIFOLD -- from Trireme's

efforts to get 0 million from Saudi princes (described by one

Saudi prince as attempted blackmail, to neutralize the U.S.

government attacks on Saudi Arabia as a supporter of terrorism),

to the latest scandal involving the bankrupt Global Crossing,

which wants to be bought out by Hutchinson Whampoa.

Hutchinson Whampoa,

which is a Chinese-linked shipping container company,

that got the contract to administer the port at the Panama Canal,

was a big target of the neo-cons, and former Sen. Trent Lott,

during the Clinton Administration.

Recall the neo-con "red scare,"

that said that Chinese Communists had taken over the Panama Canal.

It appears the Perle's service to Global Crossing

would be to "call off the dogs" that would have to approve the

purchase by Hutchinson Whampoa.

That sale would have to be

approved by the CFIUS (Commission on Foreign Investment in the

US) of Cabinet level officials, including Perle's pet Defense Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld.

Not only that, the NY Times' Stephen Labaton and others have

written that the opposition to the merger comes from the Defense

Department and the FBI.

That is, the 0,000 that Hutchison Whampoa was to pay Perle

only if their deal went through, was a pay-off to influence

the Donald Rumsfeld who has always listened so attentively to Perle's advice.

No wonder that the public attention has now forced Perle

to back out of this contract, just as he was forced to resign

his chairmanship of the DPB.

[Source: Wall St Journal, Thursday, 3/27, by Tom Hamburger and Dennis K. Berman]

MORE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST COME TO LIGHT AMONG DEFENSE

POLICY BOARD MEMBERS. A forthcoming report from the Center for

Public Integrity, points out that board member and former CIA

chief James Woolsey, is a senior executive at consultancy Booz

Allen Hamilton Inc., which received 8 million in Pentagon

contracts in 2002.

He is also one of three principals in a

venture-capital firm that has been soliciting investment in

homeland security-realted firms.

Another board member, retired Adm. David Jeremiah, sits on

boards of five corporations that received more than billion

in Pentagon contracts in 2002. Retired Air Force Gen. Ronald

Fogleman sits on the boards of five defense firms that received

more than a billion dollars of defense contracts in 2002.

Bill Moyers is hosting a documentary about the Defense

Policy Board tonight on the PBS television network, featuring

Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity.

More will probably come out then.

[Source: Guardian, Mar.28,2003]

RUMSFELD BEING BLAMED FOR MISCALCULATION. The {Guardian} has

a feature, reporting on how Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

"micromanaged" the Iraq war plans from his "lectern" and really

screwed up. They report that in the beginning of February, Gen.

Tommy Franks wanted permission to deploy the 1st Cavalry and the

1st Armored Divisions, but Rumsfeld refused to allow it because

he said it was not necessary. Now these divisions are being

ordered to deploy along with the 4th Infrantry Division that

began leaving Texas yesterday.

The {Guardian} writes that there is widespread belief that

the Bush Administration was overly optimistic and did not believe

that the Iraqis would put up a resistance. They quote retired

Col. Bob Killebrew saying, "It's always bad to build plans based

on the cooperation of the enemy."

It then quotes Anthony Cordesman saying,"I think one of the

problems here was that so many people in the administration had a

very strong political agenda which was inspired by the Iraqi

opposition, and by western mirror-imaging, assuming they want what we want."

The article says that Rumsfeld's orders only to deploy the

3rd Infantry Division, and two Marine divisions was a "political"

deployment and not militarily competent. It is now coming up

against reality with all the logistical and military problems

coming to the surface.

Killebrew is then quoted again, suggesting

the U.S. forces could experience a collapse of their supply lines.

"In military terminology, attackers reach their

culminating point when their supplies and enegy are depleted to

the point that they can no longer overcome the resistance. The

question now is when do General Franks' forces reach their

culminating point." The worst outcome, he argues, will be for the

troops in the field to "go on and on until they run out of steam

and then face defeat."

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