Ted Haggard has been dismissed from his church for "sexually immoral conduct," according to a statement released by the church oversight board:
We, the Overseer Board of New Life Church, have concluded our deliberations concerning the moral failings of Pastor Ted Haggard. Our investigation and Pastor Haggard's public statements have proven without a doubt that he has committed sexually immoral conduct.
The language of our church bylaws state that as Overseers we must decide in cases where the Senior Pastor has "demonstrated immoral conduct" whether we must "remove the pastor from his position or to discipline him in any way they deem necessary."
In consultation with leading evangelicals and experts familiar with the type of behavior Pastor Haggard has demonstrated, we have decided that the most positive and productive direction for our church is his dismissal and removal.
I'm afraid Richard Perle's Vanity Fairconcession that had he known then what he knows now he would never have supported the Iraq War is going to grab the headlines.
But Perle hardly sounds chastened by the disaster, pointing fingers this way and that:
Huge mistakes were made, and I want to be very clear on this: They were not made by neoconservatives, who had almost no voice in what happened, and certainly almost no voice in what happened after the downfall of the regime in Baghdad," he said.
"I'm getting damn tired of being described as an architect of the war. I was in favor of bringing down Saddam. Nobody said, 'Go design the campaign to do that.' I had no responsibility for that."
Instead he blames the disaster on "disloyalty" to President Bush from within the Administration. The LA Timessuggests this is a swipe at Rumsfeld, but to me it sounds like another knife in Colin Powell's back.
Late Update: Kevin Drum has more on neocon revisionism.
I am from Missouri and I envy your reader from Vermont. I received 30 robocalls yesterday, and have logged 12 today, and it is barely noon. The stem cell amendment has generated the most calls with the Senate campaign between Jim Talent . . . and Claire McCaskill running a close second.
Several Vermont readers have written in to say that TPM Reader JS's experience in Vermont is not necessarily representative and that Vermonters are getting robocalls and other negative campaigning, too. Fair enough.