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Old 02-27-2005, 05:50 AM   #16
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Originally posted by U2Kitten
No way! Bono hates mundane finance and math. He likes talking but not doing the work. No offense, it's just not his thing.
and we all know how politics run the world bank.
and which countries or country has most influence in it.


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Old 02-27-2005, 06:46 AM   #17
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Bono for world bank? Yeah, right. Give up daily grind as do anything I like rockstar to be suited up and work in a bank? After all the years of his lifestyle he probably would never make it too work on time

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Wolfowitz discusses World Bank mission with Bono

WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - Paul Wolfowitz, whose nomination as World Bank president has stirred controversy, discussed poverty and development issues with Irish rock star Bono in two phone conversations on Thursday, an adviser said.

Wolfowitz adviser Kevin Kellems told Reuters the deputy U.S. defense secretary initiated the lengthy conversations with the lead singer of the rock group U2, whose name had been bandied about for the World Bank presidency.

U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday named Wolfowitz, a key architect of the Iraq war, to be the next World Bank president, but the choice has been controversial, especially in Europe.

An endorsement by Bono, who campaigns extensively for African aid and debt relief, could defuse some of the criticism of Wolfowitz.

Kellems said the discussions "were incredibly substantive about reducing poverty, about development, about the opportunity to help people that the World Bank presidency provides and about charitable giving and social progress around the globe.

"They clicked. They were very enthusiastic, detailed and lengthy conversations," Kellems said.

A spokesman for Bono could not be reached.

Wolfowitz first telephoned Bono on Wednesday to schedule the conversations. In the past 24 hours, Wolfowitz had spoken with a broad range of foreign leaders, bank officials and advocates for poverty reduction and international development, aides said.

"A spokesman for Bono could not be reached."

I guess they are using the caller ID.
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:33 PM   #19
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Old 03-17-2005, 05:42 PM   #20
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Wow, that's fucking amazing to me!

I guess I shouldn't be so surprised, given the press attention he's been getting vis a vis the World bank job, to the point that he even gets questioned about that (and the nobel prize of course) while taking the podium for the RRHOF ceremony...

but goodness ...that some of the first phone calls Wolfowitz would make after the news of his nomination are to Bono!
Bono's support could defuse criticism...that's some serious power!
I'm presuming too it would give Wolfowitz more credibility among
europeans, and if he's a quick study perhaps it will help him craft position statements when he starts fielding criticism that he doesn't come from a 'development' background at all...

It'll be interesting to hear what comments Bono and/or DATA eventually have about wolfowitz. it would certainly be nice if this appointment didn't turn out to be a negative thing....I'd love to be a fly on the wall for any discussions they'd have about 'brand america', that's for sure!

cheers all...
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Wolfowitz a bad choice: World Bank needs president with commitment

A Register-Guard Editorial

Gee, wasn't it just a few weeks ago that the Los Angeles Times endorsed rock star Bono as the next president of the World Bank?

On Wednesday, President Bush nominated Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense and ideological godfather of the Iraq war, to lead the World Bank.

Talk about reality checks. While an intriguing case could be made for the passionately humanitarian Bono, it's hard to think of a more inappropriate choice than Wolfowitz for this critically important job.

As if the selection of Wolfowitz weren't startling enough, it came on the heels of Bush's naming John Bolton, a scathing critic of the United Nations, to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Bush's selection of Wolfowitz, a neoconservative distrustful of multilateralism, to head a uniquely multilateral institution that promotes development and fights poverty around the world sends a disturbing message.

The nomination comes at a time when the Bush administration insists that it's trying to heal the rift with Europe over the war in Iraq. If recent trips by Bush and Condoleezza Rice succeeded in filling reservoirs of goodwill in Europe, the appointments of Bolton and Wolfowitz have drained them to bedrock.

An argument could be made that Bolton has a relevant diplomatic background and a thorough familiarity with the U.N. The same cannot be said of Wolfowitz, a former Yale professor of political science and ambassador to Indonesia.

Wolfowitz's record does not inspire confidence. He predicted the U.S. invasion of Iraq would pay for itself out of Iraq's oil reserves (he was off by only a couple of hundred billion dollars) and that joyful Iraqis would greet U.S. troops with flowers. He rejected the warning of former Army Chief of Staff Gen. Erick Shinseki, who said the U.S. military needed "several hundred thousand" soldiers to get the job done in Iraq.

Wolfowitz's record as an ultra-loyalist in an administration that prizes loyalty above all else raises the question of whether he would be able to exercise the independence that the World Bank job requires. The nominee's pivotal involvement with U.S. policy in the Middle East also raises concerns that he might shift the World Bank's current focus from sub-Saharan Africa to the Islamic world in line with U.S. efforts to promote democracy and economic reform in the region.

Bush's choice is particularly puzzling given the list of prominent, qualified individuals whose names have been mentioned for the job. They include James Wolfensohn, an Australian-born investment banker who is finishing his second five-year term and could have served a third. Others included former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Brazilian President Henrique Cardoso and former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo.

It will be interesting to see if European leaders reject Wolfowitz's nomination, as President Clinton once rejected the European nominee to head the International Monetary Fund. Traditionally the United States, which controls a majority of shares in the bank, selects the president of the World Bank, while Europeans pick the chief of the IMF.

As World Bank president, Wolfowitz would oversee development in the world's most impoverished regions and influence the quality of life, even life and death itself, of many who live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These people deserve a World Bank leader who cares more about poverty reduction and economic development than advancing American hegemony.
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Wolfowitz for World Bank President? May God help this ailing planet.

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