Richard Perle

(Richard Norman Perle)

Richard Perle
Richard Perle
  • Born: September 16, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









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A precondition for any solution to the Arab Israeli problem must be a recognition on the part of all parties on the legitimacy of all parties. That is, you cannot build a political agreement on the premise that a Jewish state in Palestine is illegitimate. Negotiating & Negotiations
Dictators must have enemies. They must have internal enemies to justify their secret police and external enemies to justify their military forces. Military & Veterans ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
in this case international law stood in the way of doing the right thing. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Iraq has to pay a price for what happened yesterday. War & Peace
Sometimes the things we have to do are objectionable in the eyes of others Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The simple truth is that the inspectors will never find anything the location of which has not been discovered through intelligence operations. Nuclear, Chemical & Biological Weapons & Energy
We can’t defend against terrorists without going after states who support or aid the terrorists. Terrorism
When you play blackmail, you are asking for more blackmail. Foreign Aid
Acknowledge that a more closely integrated Europe is no longer an unqualified American interest.
But if the UN cannot or will not revise its rules in ways that establish beyond question the legality of the measures the United States must take to protect the American people, then we should unashamedly and explicitly reject the jurisdiction of these rules.
Dictatorships start wars because they need external enemies to exert internal control over their own people.
Few governments in the world, for example, praise human rights more ardently than does the government of France, and few have a worse record of supporting tyrants and killers. Government
George Tenet has been the director of central intelligence since 1997, time enough to have changed the Agency's culture. He has failed. He should go. Time
If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we don't try to piece together clever diplomacy but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now. War & Peace
In any event, the problem in Iran is much bigger than weapons. The problem is the terrorist regime that seeks the weapons. The regime must go.
In time, all of Korea will be united in liberty. Time
Law-abiding citizens value privacy. Terrorists require invisibility. The two are not the same, and they should not be confused.
National sovereignty is an obligation as well as an entitlement. A government that will not perform the role of a government forfeits the rights of a government. Government
No operational commander should have to assign a soldier a task that could be done as well by a computer, a remote sensor, or an unmanned airplane.
Non-citizen terrorist suspects are not members of the American national community, and they have no proper claim on the rights Americans accord one another.
Nor should we exclude the possibility that Islamic terrorism may begin to make common cause with Western political extremists of the far Left and far Right.
Right now, American law bars the admission of aliens suspected of terrorist activity - but not of terrorist sympathies.
Sometimes the things we have to do are objectionable in the eyes of others.
The jealousy and resentment that animate the terrorists also affect many of our former cold war allies. War & Peace
The lax multiculturalism that urges Americans to accept the unacceptable from their fellow citizens is one of this nation's greatest vulnerabilities in the war on terror. War & Peace
The same European governments that hesitated to confront terrorists were more than prepared to oppose us.
There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they've been liberated.
To stop terrorists before the strike, we must do three things: deny them entry into the country, curtail their freedom of action inside the country, and deprive them of material and moral support from within the country. Freedom & Liberty
We may be so eager to protect the right to dissent that we lose sight of the difference between dissent and subversion.
We must do our utmost to preserve our British ally's strategic independence from Europe.
We should force European governments to choose between Paris and Washington.

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