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World Bank Committee:  Wolfowitz Is Guilty

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Posted on May 7, 2007
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An embarrassment of riches:  Turns out that padding your girlfriend’s bank account may not be the best way to hang on to the World Bank’s top spot.

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s job may hang in the balance after a panel made up of almost a third of the bank’s board members found him guilty of inappropriately pulling professional strings and lining up a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza, two years ago. 


The New York Times:

The report, as transmitted to Mr. Wolfowitz, did not recommend a punishment for Mr. Wolfowitz. Bank officials, speaking anonymously because the proceedings are supposed to be confidential, said that the special committee was still working today on what to recommend.

It was not clear whether the committee, consisting of 7 of the bank’s 24 board members, would remove Mr. Wolfowitz from his post or, more likely, express a loss of confidence in his leadership in a manner that might persuade him to resign. Bank officials say that a majority of the bank board has concluded that he should go.

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By moni, May 9, 2007 at 11:44 am Link to this comment
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Thank-you blog dog !  I appreciate the very enlightening details about Mr. Wolfowitz . . . . no further comment is necessary.

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By blog dog, May 9, 2007 at 5:04 am Link to this comment

#68813 by Steve Hammons on 5/08 at 12:25 pm
(83 comments total) — “In former CIA Director George Tenet’s new book, pre-9/11 activity and inactivity of the Bush administration is explored.”

********* it’s all limited hangout. along with Drumheller’s ” On the Brink,” Lance’s “Triple Cross,” Rick’s “Fiasco,” Woodward’s “State of Denial,” among others.  Scahill, in “Black Water…” starts getting at it, when he covers the “Salvador Option” for Iraq — Negroponte’s Death Squads, et al. But generally, incompetence and blow back are the escape hatches for the 911 criminals, who, when the 911 myth finally starts unraveling in the MSM and in Congressional hearings, will all be headed for the hills — long gone to some corner of the globe where the law can’t reach, e.g. Uruguay.

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By QuyTran, May 8, 2007 at 7:10 pm Link to this comment

Is he a close friend of Kissinger ?

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By Hammo, May 8, 2007 at 1:25 pm Link to this comment

In former CIA Director George Tenet’s new book, pre-9/11 activity and inactivity of the Bush administration is explored.

There were many people in the national security areas of the Bush administration who should have known about the intelligence the CIA was reportedly trying hard to bring to their attention.

Wolfowitz was assistant secretary of defense at the time.

Take a look at the article by Robert Parry:

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/050807E.shtml

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By QuyTran, May 8, 2007 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Just show him an exit. Not a normal ones but in the middle of spreading legs.

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By blog dog, May 8, 2007 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

#68725 by moni on 5/07 at 10:50 pm -  “Who is this guy ?  Has he NO SHAME ?”

********** along with most of this neocon cabal, he’s a disciple of Leo Strauss, a refugee from Nazi Germany who arrived in the United States in 1937, trained in the history of political philosophy, and became one of the foremost conservative émigré scholars to teach at the University of Chicago, and was in turn a disciple of Carl Schmitt (1888-1985), student of Max Weber, a legal and political theorist of Weimar and Nazi Germany — all disciple of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).

The central thesis to this legacy is that the common man is and will always be too stupid to contribute anything to society but sweat, blood and guts. The elite mission is to erect before this rabble monolithic visions - big lies - fantastic propaganda, even terror and fear of enemies, real and imagined or even invented, all to stampede them into undying support for the state, the empire…indeed the REICH - hence, the almost immediate declaration by the world’s political cognoscenti of 911 as a Reichstag Fire.

Wolfowitz’s demise over so venal an affair is ironic in the extreme…almost as much so as the self-proclaimed warrior Nietzsche’s widely rumored addiction to compulsive onanism.

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By Dale Headley, May 8, 2007 at 10:30 am Link to this comment
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Representatives of several European governments are speaking out, pointedly reminding the Bush Administration that the custom of having the U.S. nominate the president of the World Bank is just that: a custom.  If that doesn’t provoke the economic conservative honchos into taking Bush behind the barn and reading him the riot act, nothing will.  Losing the right to appoint the World Bank president would be a disaster to the neocons.

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By moni, May 7, 2007 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment
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He has been called ‘one of the chief architects of the Iraq War’.  Who is this guy ?  Has he NO SHAME ?  I guess not. Getting his new girlfriend (isn’t he a little OLD to be having flirtations with Mid-Eastern women) on the World Bank payroll?  I wonder if he pays alimony to his wife of 30 years.

The moral of the story:  Go to War and then Get Rich quick. Another getrichquick story.  The new American Dream for a New American Century.  Did Wolfie get paid for coining the term “project for a new american century”?  It takes the “brain-drain” from Europe and elsewhere to come up with these outrageous proposals to sell-out the soul of our own nation.

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By Mar Del Zur, May 7, 2007 at 10:26 pm Link to this comment

Considering this pig should be in jail (along with Cheney, Rummy and Bush) for his involvement in the Iraq Lie, you’d think he’d have the sense to leave quietly after getting caught (once again) doing something unethical.

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By Dawn, May 7, 2007 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment

He is guilty of so many things including fomenting hawkish opinions for the invasion of Iraq and using his power at the world bank to economically strangle the underdeveloped nations he is supposedly there to help. He has caused people to starve to death in Africa. He has caused people to lose their life in Iraq. No one will be sad if he loses his job.

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By Tom Doff, May 7, 2007 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s not all rush to judgment, Wolfie deserves a fair trial. After he’s found guilty, and officially declared a bona fide criminal, then:

He should be declared the Permanent* President and Monarch of the World Bank. What could be more apropos than having an official criminal in charge of that pestilence pool, instead of the sneaky, stealth mutts of the past.

* The one exception the the ‘Permanent’ bit would be that when Command Guy is convicted during his impeachment, he will be able to take over from Wolfie, after he serves his sentence. In the event his Paraguay retirement plans have to be shelved because of the country being under water due to Global Warming.

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By QuyTran, May 7, 2007 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

A Wolf is always a Wolf even he was blindly designated as World Bank president. Such kind of president is equal to president Bush.

Highly educated but immorally acted is still considered below animal category !

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By totallyclips, May 7, 2007 at 5:38 pm Link to this comment

it couldn’t happen to a nicer person, but like the rest of his neocon buddies, non of them have any shame

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