|16 Sep 1941
||Richard Norman Perle born, New York City.
||B.A., University of Southern California.
||M.A. in political science, Princeton University.
||Served as Assistant Secretary of Defense under Ronald Reagan.
||Co-founds Project for a New American Century, or PNAC.
||Chairman, Defense Policy Board.
||"He [ Saddam Hussein ] has weapons of mass destruction. The lesser risk is in pre-emption. We've got to stop wishing away the problem."
|9 Mar 2003
||Seymour Hersche exposé Lunch with the Chairman, published by The New Yorker exposed conflict of interest and questionable dealings.
|5 Nov 2003
||Claims publicly that low key attempts were made through him and a Lebanese businessman, Imag al Hage, to negotiate for a peaceful solution (permitting even American troops on Iraqi soil to search for WMDs) during the time immediately prior to the second Iraq War, but the George W Bush Administration ordered Perle not to pursue.
|19 Nov 2003
||Declares that the U.S. invasion of Iraq was "illegal", and that International Law was "in the way."