Perle is a Consultant to the Secretary of Defense
and Consultant to several U.S. and multinational companies. From 1981 to 1987 he held the position of Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, among other U.S. Government inter-agency groups.
"When he is not too busy at the Pentagon, or too busy running
Hollinger Digital - part of the group that publishes the
Daily Telegraph in Britain - or at board meetings of the
Jerusalem Post, Mr Perle is "resident fellow" at one of the thinktanks -
the American Enterprise Institute
(AEI). Mr Perle's close friend and political ally at AEI is
, head of its Middle East studies department. Mr Perle helpfully wrote the introduction to
Mr Wurmser's book, Tyranny's Ally: America's Failure to Defeat Saddam Hussein.
"We are going to have to take the war against [the terrorists] often to other people's territory, and all of the norms of international order make it difficult to do that. So the president has to reshape fundamental attitudes toward those norms, or we are going to have our hands tied by an antiquated institution [the traditional international system] that is not capable of defending us."
Long-time Washington cold warrior Richard N. Perle is a man of many hats: Pentagon policy adviser, former Likud policy adviser, media manager, international investor, op-ed writer, talk show guest, think tank expert and, most of all, a man who ardently wants Saddam Hussein toppled. Known in Washington circles as "The Prince of Darkness", Perle is associated with the American Enterprise Institute and the Project for the New American Century, both of which have been prominent behind-the-scenes architects of the Bush administration's foreign policy, in particular its push for war with
Iraq. He is closely allied with Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, another Iraq hawk. Perle is also a vocal supporter of Israel and a critic of Saudi Arabia. Perle is on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA), and is chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a Defense Department advisory group composed primarily of former government officials, retired military officers, and academics.