Perle: Oregonians may have perished disproportionately in fighting this war, and it is sad when anyone is killed in war, and I can only share the sense that many of you feel here, of how costly this war has been. All wars are costly.
Perle: We went into Iraq on the basis of the best information we had..
Then came the shoe, and shouts of liar, liar..
Perle was forced by one of the questioners to recast a comment he made on Sept. 22, 2003, in which he predicted that within one year, there would be "a grand square in Baghdad named for President Bush."
"I'd be a fool not to recognize that it did not happen on the schedule I had in mind," Perle said, adding that he did not deny that the administration had made mistakes in Iraq.
Perle seems to come out of the Dick Cheney school of "no emotion" and "condescension" public speaking. A dispationate, monotone voice that is slow in cadence while weighing words carefully. As I listened to this brief clip, I got the feeling that war and death is business as usual.