Key Rumsfeld Adviser Resigns His Post
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By ROBERT BURNS
WASHINGTON - Richard Perle, a former Reagan administration
Pentagon (news - web sites) official, resigned Thursday as chairman of the
Defense Policy Board that is a key advisory arm for Defense Secretary
Donald H. Rumsfeld.
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 industrialist.
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
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 Darkness."