Key Rumsfeld Adviser Resigns His Post
By ROBERT BURNS
WASHINGTON - Richard Perle, a former
Reagan administration Pentagon (news
sites) official, resigned Thursday as chairman of the Defense
Policy Board that is a key advisory arm for Defense Secretary Donald
In a brief written statement, Rumsfeld thanked Perle for his
service and made no mention of why Perle resigned. He said he had
asked Perle to remain as a member of the board.
"He has been an excellent chairman and has led the Defense Policy
Board during an important time in our history," Rumsfeld said. "I
should add that I have known Richard Perle for many years and know
him to be a man of integrity and honor."
Perle was an assistant secretary of defense during the Reagan
administration. He took the advisory board chairman's post early in
Perle became embroiled in a recent controversy stemming from a
New Yorker magazine article that said he had lunch in January with
controversial Saudi-born businessman Adnan Khashoggi and a Saudi
The industrialist, Harb Saleh Zuhair, was interested in investing
in a venture capital firm, Trireme Partners, of which Perle is a
managing partner. Nothing ever came of the lunch in Marseilles; no
investment was made. But the New Yorker story, written by Seymour M.
Hersh, suggested that Perle, a longtime critic of the Saudi regime,
was inappropriately mixing business and politics.
Perle called the report preposterous and "monstrous."
Perle, 61, was so strongly opposed to nuclear arms control
agreements with the former Soviet Union during his days in the
Reagan administration that he became known as "the Prince of
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