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Old 03-21-2005, 10:29 AM   #1
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Wolfowitz? For the Bank? Seriously??

Hmmm....a unilateral war hawk whom much of the developing world considers to be a war criminal (whether or not you personally agree) with, from what I can tell, minimal development experience.



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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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makes sense when you consider who our president is.
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I guess he would have to pardon Ken Lay

before he could appoint him.
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nah. he won't get anywhere.

bushism (or really, bushit) will die out when enough people get a clue.
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wolf will get the appointment.

and their UN whack job will win appointment, also.


And 100 years of U S credibility is gone -

is the Bush Admin. any better than the Soviets were?

When they were pushing their hegemony?
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I'd almost rather see Bono sacrifice U2 than to see this trainwreck.
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Old 03-21-2005, 11:33 AM   #8
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i think appointment isnt only wrong, it is also deliberately offensive. its bush telling the world 'go f*ck yourselves' or 'screw you, ill do what the hell i like'. it is simply insulting, considering he had other capable candidates like colin powell.

and its not helping.
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i'm a woman of few words on serious topics [just for] today...

how are u doing SD?
Did you hear anything or did I miss a thread with what ever info/outcome?
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This is probably Bush's worst nomination, period. Worse than Rumsfeld or Cheney, both of whom I despise. It's Bush telling everyone to fk off, we're ordering you around and if you don't like it, tough luck. I may have to lie about my nationality in Turkey, a U.S. ally. This is complete madness.
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Thanks for posting this thread! Did you see that Wolfy called Bono twice in one day!!!
I think the new Bono is far too nice to these bastards, but I respect his willingness to talk to them, nonetheless.
I doubt Bono would ever accept a career change of this magnitude--I hope he continues as advocate and critic for social justice and keeps his claws and teeth as these neo-cons continue to fail on the basic priorities put forth by groups like DATA.
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I think the new Bono is far too nice to these bastards, but I respect his willingness to talk to them, nonetheless.
Exactly. And Bono's been nice, sure, but I'm betting that if the people involved in this ever slack off on what they should be doing, considering how much the AIDS issue and all that means to Bono, I don't doubt that he will find a way to get their butts back in gear-he is a very persistent, persuasive guy, after all .

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I doubt Bono would ever accept a career change of this magnitude--I hope he continues as advocate and critic for social justice and keeps his claws and teeth as these neo-cons continue to fail on the basic priorities put forth by groups like DATA.
Hear, hear.

Anywho, Wolfowitz...first I'd ever heard of this guy, but the thing that deep posted-ignoring the warnings of those who tried to advise him on the Iraq war, being strictly loyal in a profession where you may have to show support towards others, etc.-makes me feel a bit uneasy about him. And if the message Bush is sending to the rest of the world by appointing Wolfowitz is indeed the one you all say it is...that definitely disturbs me greatly, as this is so not the time to be telling the rest of the world to shove off like that . I can only hope that anyone's fears regarding Wolfowitz will wind up having been in vain.

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Colin Powell is probably persona non grata now
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I really do not see how the Bush admin compares to Soviet hegemony but ok. Bush does not have a Soviet style Eastern bloc to dominate and Wolfowitz/Cheney/Rumsfeld hardly compare to Molotov/Beria/Khrushchev. Apples and oranges there.

Bono was one of the first people that Wolfowitz conversed with apparently and that says something about him I think. He understands that Bono is to be taken seriuosly and appears to be treating him as a reputable human being. He should be given the benefit if the doubt I think. As to accusations of him being a unilateralits, the facts do nit back that up. An unbiased look at his career shows that he is not a bloodthirsty monster giving the finger to every nation around the world. One must step back from opinions about the Iraq War and look at his resume. Hurling epithets will accomplish nothing.
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bush administration was aware of the uproar it would cause, and they decided to go ahead with it anyway. now the WORLD bank is not an american internal affair. they cant just do whatever they want. it is quite obvious that no one in the world save for the republicans wants this guy to head the world bank, yet bush goes ahead and nominates him! the action itself is utterly unilateralist. why would bush nominate wolfowitz, a man responsible for an action the most of the world despises, instead of colin powell, who at least commands some international respect?

RIGHT! cause he is a pompous jackass!


here's to hoping for a european intervention..
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