Tuesday, March 20, 2007

PNAC, Perles of Poison

Perle has been in and out of the government—and always active in Zionist organizations—since he first joined Jackson's staff in 1969. His most important assignment was as assistant secretary of defense for international security policy from 1981 to 1987, during the Reagan administration. In the first year of the current Bush administration, Perle was named chairman of the Pentagon's advisory Defense Policy Board by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. In that capacity Perle arranged for a nonentity, Rand Corporation analyst Laurent Murawiec, to make a speech—immediately leaked—denouncing Saudi Arabia, the neocons' favorite target.

While the Prince of Darkness may be best known as a Zionist idealogue, on occasion he also has attracted press notice as a man interested in making money (after all, those French villas don't come cheap). Finally, however, in mid-November, his desire for profit may have gotten the better of ideology.

Perle is seriously mixed up in the problems of Hollinger International and its founder, Sir Conrad Black, (currently on trial in Chicago) who gave up his Canadian citizenship to accept a British peerage. Black's publishing empire includes the British Daily Telegraph, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Jerusalem Post. In his original incarnation as a Canadian wheeler-dealer, Conrad Black gobbled up most of that country's daily newspapers. At one time, in fact, he had the fastest growing newspaper business in the world, according to the Nov. 18 Financial Times. He ingratiated himself with conservative elites such as Margaret Thatcher, Henry Kissinger (who also is on the board of Hollinger International), and William Buckley. A glance at Hollinger's board and executives might give an impression that it was the Israel Lobby personified. Richard Perle is a board member of Hollinger International.
According to the Nov. 19 Washington Post, Hollinger's tangled corporate structure paid Black and his close associates $200 million in salary, management fees and "non-compete" compensation—while the conglomerate itself made only $23 million in profit.

Now the Securities and Exchange Commission has issued subpoenas to officials of Hollinger International. The SEC is looking for unauthorized payments by Black to current and former company executives. According to the Nov. 20 Washington Post, "The regulators are likely to shine a brighter light on the actions of Black, the company's auditors and its other directors, who include Henry A. Kissinger and Richard N. Perle, the former chairman [and still member] of the National Defense Policy Board."

Indeed, it is quite interesting to see how many companies have (or had) boards where these
"gentlemen" were/are board members. From Nortel to Hollinger, the only ones left holding the bag are the stock holders - kinda like the taxpayers, eh?


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