Ready, Aim, Destroy

Joel Bleifuss

Want Richard Perle, or one of his crowd, to weigh in on your nightly news show? Contact Eleana Benador, who runs the neocon speakers bureau Benador Associates. In addition to Perle, she schedules the media appearances of Charles Krauthammer, Richard Pipes, Alexander Haig and Michael Ledeen. According to, her clients are more than talking heads, they are writers, having contributed 37 articles to the Washington Post, 17 to the Wall Street Journal, 15 to the Los Angeles Times and six to the New York Times.What are they saying? Ledeen, in National Review Online, writes:We should have no misgiving about our ability to destroy tyrannies. It is what we do best. It comes naturally to us, for we are the one truly revolutionary country in the world, as we have been for more than 200 years. Creative destruction is our middle name. We do it automatically, and that is precisely why the tyrants hate us and are driven to attack us.

Joel Bleifuss, a former director of the Peace Studies Program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is the editor & publisher of In These Times, where he has worked since October 1986.

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