Wednesday, February 4
TomPaine.com Takes Ad Campaign against Pentagon Adviser Richard Perle Underground
WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Yesterday, TomPaine.com began a month-long campaign challenging Pentagon adviser Richard Perle's personal conflicts of interest by placing ads in 10 prominent subway stations throughout the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
TomPaine.com's executive editor, Nick Penniman said, "Perle is further evidence of the decadent mercenary culture that governs Washington today. He's one of the most prominent armchair generals, who doesn't hesitate to advocate war as long as he can fight it from the safety of a television studio or a Washington think tank."
The ad reads, in part:
"As a Pentagon adviser, he helped lure the White House into invading Iraq while briefing investors on ways to make money off the conflict. Did Perle offer better advice to the businessmen than to the president? After all, it was he who said that Iraq was teeming with weapons of mass destruction... Only in Washington's twilight zone of policy, power and profits could a man like Perle thrive."
The ads can be seen at the following subway stations in the Washington, D.C. area: Capitol South, Crystal City, Farragut North, Farragut West (starts 2/15), Federal Center, Federal Triangle, L'Enfant Plaza, McPherson Square, Metro Center, and Pentagon City.
[Contact: Nick Penniman, 202-332-2881 ext. 11, or Ellen Miller, 202-332-2881 ext. 10, both of TomPaine.com]
The original of the ad appeared in The New York Times on Jan. 14, 2004. It can be viewed on the TomPaine.com website at http://www.tompaine.com/op_ads/opad2.cfm/ID/9757