Friday, March 16, 2007

Groping In The Darkness


I wonder if anybody ever said the following to Richard Perle, late at night, in a darkened room when he was going to Hollywood High way back in the 1950's:

I reached up from where I was sitting on the floor and patted him on the goddam shoulder.

"You're a prince, Ackley kid," I said. "You know that?"

"No, I mean it. I can't just tell somebody they can sleep in......"

"You're a real prince. You're a gentleman and a scholar kid," I said.

He really was too.
J.D. Salinger, A Catcher In The Rye
Little, Brown and Co., 1951

A prince.


That's Mr. Perle alright.

Or, to be a little more specific, the 'Prince of Darkness' who also just happens to be one of the architects of all that is rotten in today's America.

And now, the fine crony that he has always been, despite protestations to the contrary, the dark prince is, apparently, getting set to testify on behalf of the good Lord:

The jurors who will sit in judgment of former Hollinger International chairman Conrad Black filled out a 37-page questionnaire that included such queries as whether they follow financial news regularly or hold any opinions about Canadians.

Released publicly this afternoon, the questionnaire included 78 questions and also shed more light on who might appear as witnesses in the corporate corruption trial.

Among the 84 names listed as potential witnesses were many luminaries already expected to appear at trial, including former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Bush Administration advisor Richard Perle and former Illinois Gov. James Thompson.

All three men served as board members during Black's allegedly corrupt tenure as chairman of Hollinger, now known as Sun-Times Media Group Inc.

And the good Dr. K. as well?


You almost expect somebody to ask a young lawyer at the defense table, or perhaps that fine fellowtraveller, the Canadian, David Frum, the following:

"Is it safe?"

Except, of course, for the fact that there does not appear to be a dentist in the entire bunch.



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