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Wolfowitz Packing World Bank With Cronies

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Posted on Feb 8, 2006
From spiegel.de

World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz

Washington Post: At the World Bank, they are sometimes referred to as “the entourage,” “the palace guard,” or “the circle of trust,” because of their close relationship with bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz. They are Americans with ties to the Bush administration, and the immense clout they wield has sparked a furor in the ranks of the giant development leader.

Their roles have rekindled fears among the staff that Wolfowitz, the former U.S. deputy defense secretary, is bent on imposing a conservative agenda on the bank. Wolfowitz has repeatedly sought to dispel such concerns since he became bank president in June. He has pledged his commitment to the bank’s mission of alleviating poverty, and his unassuming manner has charmed many staffers who were averse to his role as a chief strategist of the U.S.-Iraq war. | story

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By Anonymous (for fear of retaliation), February 8, 2006 at 8:18 pm Link to this comment
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If, Damian, they had the experience and skills to fit the positions, which an organizer of Republican prayer breakfasts does not.  And the salaries they’ve been given are breathtaking, not to mention the grades.  and avoiding indictment is not a sufficiently high standard for the inner circle of an organization that’s trying to stamp out corruption, particularly in government contracting

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By A.A. Murphy, February 8, 2006 at 12:08 pm Link to this comment
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As a Vietnam veteran, I am offended that Wolfowitz, a key architect of our disastrous venture in Iraq, is even allowed to hold such a prestigious position.

If there were any justice, he would be sentenced to serve as a rifle platoon grunt in Iraq for the duration. After all, it’s the chickenhawks’ war. They should be required to fight it.

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By Damian Milverton, February 8, 2006 at 7:27 am Link to this comment
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I love a headline that’s so far removed from reality you have to read the story twice to ensure clarity of understanding.
But bringing a couple of Americans into an institution of 10,300 people isn’t stacking, as Wolfowitz notes.
Especially when those staff have experience and skills to fit the positions.
If you really want to dig the truth, how about checking the number of Americans who served, very ably, in the front office during previous presidencies. I think “stacking” would seem a little less like the breathless news you make it.
Damian Milverton (An Australian)
The World Bank
Mexico City

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