Richard Perle, a member and former chairman of the Defense Policy Board and Assistant Secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration, was Tuesday's guest. Here are excerpts from his remarks:Skip to next paragraph
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"Heads should roll, not in a punitive or vindictive way. But when you discover you have an organization that doesn't get it right time after time, you change the organization, including the people.... I would start with the head. George Tenet has been at the CIA long enough to assume responsibility for its performance."
"His detractors, by and large ... are the people who know him least, and his defenders are the people who know him best.... The CIA has been engaged in a character assassination of Ahmad Chalabi for years now, and it is a disgrace."
"My worst fear is that ... he will behave as president the way he talks about the issues today. It will lead to a weak and indecisive policy - a policy animated by what appears to have been a searing experience in Vietnam."
"I have not been questioned about it, and I wish whoever is putting this out would cease and desist and [reporters] not be such willing consumers of that kind of information."