Tuesday, March 16, 2004


Sometimes I wonder if Perle is even capabable of telling the truth. Ever. Slate informs us that Perle has decided not to make good on his promise to sue Sy Hersh for libel in British courts.

The piece goes on to quote Perle saying, "Lies and distortions do not constitute libel unless one can demonstrate the errors, lies and distortions are willful."

Of course, this is completely untrue. Perle had threatened to sue in British courts, where the standard for libel is entirely different. The standard that libelous statements must be both deliberate and malicious is an American one.