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Ear to the Ground

World Bank Panel Assails Wolfowitz

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Posted on May 15, 2007
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Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration members are rallying to support Wolfowitz (above, in Iraq’s Mosul airport in 2004).  Wolfowitz’s post as president of the World Bank appears to be hanging in the balance.

The Bush administration is pushing to save World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s job after a committee comprised of seven of the bank’s 24 board members released a 52-page report slamming Wolfowitz for his “questionable judgment and a preoccupation with self-interest,” primarily for using his position to advance that of his girlfriend.


New York Times:

The report charged that Mr. Wolfowitz broke bank rules and the ethical obligations in his contract, and that he tried to hide the salary and promotion package awarded to Shaha Ali Riza, his companion and a bank employee, from top legal and ethics officials in the months after he became bank president in 2005.

Citing what it said was the “central theme” of the matter, the report said Mr. Wolfowitz’s assertions that what he did was in response to the requests of others showed that “from the outset” of his tenure he “cast himself in opposition to the established rules of the institution.”

“He did not accept the bank’s policy on conflict of interest, so he sought to negotiate for himself a resolution different from that which would be applied to the staff he was selected to head,” the committee said, adding that this was “a manifestation of an attitude in which Mr. Wolfowitz saw himself as the outsider to whom the established rules and standards did not apply.”

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By Fat Clemenza, May 16, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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Part Two - Later in a Vegas Cat House…....

Fredo (Alberto Gonzalez) leads Tom Hagen (Alan Colmes) down corridor to a door past some girls.

GONZALES:  Come on girls take a hike, Scram!!!

Tom Hagen enters room.  Senator Geary sat on side of bed in deep thought.

ALAN COLMES:  I thought I could help, Senator.

WOLFOWITZ:  Hagen?  Listen, I didn’t do anything…

COLMES:  It’s OK.  No one knows anything about this Plastic Pam….doll thing of yours.  You were very lucky.  My brother Fredo operates this place.  If this had happened someplace else we wouldn’t have been able to help.

WOLFOWITZ:  When I woke up I was on the floor.  I Don’t know how it happened.

COLMES:  You can’t remember?  Maybe this Libiyan version wasn’t filled with Helium.

WOLFOWITZ:  I passed out.  (Gets up and tries to patch tattered pieces of Plastic Pam back together gentley.)  I’ll fix it.  It was just a game.  I don’t know, I can’t understand how I can’t remember why she blew up.

COLMES:  Doesn’t matter.  Do as I say.  Put in a call to your office tomorrow.  Tell them you were at Tahoe with Michael Corleone….as his guest.

WOLFOWITZ:  I do remember she was wheezing and squeeking a lot when I pumped her.  I’ve done this before and this never happened.  Even in the Pentagon.  I know I would never do anything careless.  Maybe I hit the ceiling hard….

COLMES:  Senator! You paid cash for “her”.  No one can trace you.  It’s as though she never existed.  The papers will never find out.  All that’s left is our friendship.  (Tom Hagen smile at Senator Geary)

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By Fat Clemenza, May 16, 2007 at 7:38 am Link to this comment
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meanwhile in a dimly lit art deco home office in Nevada…...

WOLFOWITZ:  Now, my sources tell me you’re about to make a move on the Tropigala.  That’s quite an expansion.  The licence will be grandfathered in so it will still be in Klingman’s name.

JON STEWART:  (Looks at Tom Hagen with dismay)  Turnbull is a good man.

WOLFOWITZ:  Yeah, well, lets cut out the bullshit.  I don’t want to spend any more time here than I have to.  I want 250,000 dollars for my girlfriend, and the job, plus a monthly payment of 5 percent of the gross…...on all four banks, Mister…Kohhrrr-Lee-ooo-Neh!

JON:  The fee is 20,000 dollars.  Right?  Now why would I consider paying you more than that?

WOLFOWITZ:  I intend to squeeze your plums purple.  I despise you.  The dishonest way you come here with your chrome suits and your… Ohhy-Lee hair and masquerade as decent Americans.

JON:  Senator…..we’re both part of the same hypocrisy.

WOLFOWITZ:  Okay.  Some of us have to play our little games.  You play yours and I’ll play mine.  Let’s just say it’s in your interest to pay me. 

JON:  (Michael’s eyes blaze as he rocks gently on his leather chair)  Senator, you can have my answer now if you like.  Nothing.  Not even the fee for your girlfriend’s job.  Which I would appreciate if you would put up personally.

WOLFOWITZ:  (Chuckles to himself before leaving.)

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By THOMAS BILLIS, May 16, 2007 at 4:44 am Link to this comment
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Do we want to have any credibility left in the World?No matter what the circumstance loyalty to Wolfie cannot undermine what is best for this Country.
I have a theory called who has the picture.This administration which has shown no compunction to throw their mothers under the bus if it was politically expident shows loyalty only to a few people.My theory goes, the ones the President shows loyalty to like Gonzales and Wolfie are the ones who have pictures of Pres Bush in a bathtub with a little boy playing lets find the duckie.It is the only theory that makes sense.

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By Lex Luther, May 16, 2007 at 4:04 am Link to this comment
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It seems explitives have been exhausted in describing Paul Wolfowitz and his Brotherhood of Neocons. 

How do such self serving “Patriots” convince people they are the good guys?  You can’t help but admire the nerve though.  And the people are too afraid to believe that CROOKS are in the highest offices of the US Government.  (Now that would upset the Inner Child.)

What did Goebbles once say? “The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it”

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By Lee, May 15, 2007 at 11:26 pm Link to this comment
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Who cares… little kids are getting blown up. People are dying. They’re not bugs. They’re human beings like the rest of us. Karl Rove probably loves all this focusing on Wolfowitz. It takes attention away from the real game plan, which is being executed in spite of everyone’s best wishes and hard efforts.

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By DennisD, May 15, 2007 at 8:28 pm Link to this comment
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Scumbags supporting another scumbag. Isn’t that what politics is all about. Bu$h just signed a Republican sponsered bill to remove the word “accountability” from the English language. It’s been missing in the D.C. swamp for the last 100 years anyway.

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By xdoi, May 15, 2007 at 7:28 pm Link to this comment
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What a pickle-sucking wimp.

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By jjohnjj, May 15, 2007 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment
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PW wasn’t “retired” to the World Bank, like it was some chushy ambassador’s post in Europe.

His appointment there is a natural continuation of his mission at the War Department… to complete the subjugation of Iraq.

His assignment at the WB is to control loans to, and limit debt relief for the Iraqis.

BushCo wants to keep the screws on tight until the so-called government there caves in and passes the “oil law” to sign the nation’s resouces over to western drilling companies.

Would this change if Wolfie were to step down? His successor would be nominated by the Shrub. Is the White House so weak now that the WB’s European Governors could threaten to humiliate BushCo further by voting down his next nominee and thus compel the selection of someone more to their liking?

Who? and Why?

Nepotism and corruption is always overlooked when the perp has real power. Wofie is going down because his patron can no longer protect him.

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By Robert, May 15, 2007 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

Wolfowitz is taking his damn time & hoping things will just go away and he’ll just continue in that “LOFTY & MANIPULATIVE” position at the World Bank.

Wolfowitz knows all the deep secrets of the Bush & Cheney’s administration. He will continue to get their backing & support or else…WOLFIE…will resort to BLACKMAIL!

Wolfie’s hands are dripping with so much human blood from Iraq’s war. All what this criminal & his deceptive zionists buddies care about is taking care of their Israel & controlling the U.S. policy in the Mid-East.

Its by way of deception & lies for this criminal & his other buddies who were involved in this mess that America is in right now.

Wolfie…should be locked up for life & let him pay for all his damn crimes!

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By samuel burke, May 15, 2007 at 4:47 pm Link to this comment
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I will be content to see this little scumbag neocon (codeword) get his just deserts. malcolm hoenlein who is the president (director) of the 52 most influential jewish groups in the u.s said that the day was coming when the u.s would back off from supporting israel due to this type of high profile meddling coming to the attention of the american public. i say let the facts all come out and let the sh&t fall where it will.

malcolms speech at herzliya is availabe online, it is enlightening to see how they perceive the changes coming, alan dershowsh&its; also made a similar speech expressing the same expectations in u.s israeli relations in the future. the zionist christians are the trojan horse they will use to show how much support they have in the good ole u.s of a.

aipac on trial…..guilty on all counts.

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By JKoch, May 15, 2007 at 3:01 pm Link to this comment
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Cheney would like to abolish the World Bank.  Here is the perfect way to send it careening into its last throes.  If the Europeans refuse to accept Wolfowitz and then withhold funding, they will become tacit allies of US conservatives who advocate the same.  The doomsday weapon will be a log of financial and private pecadilloes of other World Bank staff and their NGO nephews and siblings.  Expect a big mud fight.

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By rowdy, May 15, 2007 at 2:25 pm Link to this comment

why didn’t TD use a picture of that asshole licking his comb? or maybe licking his finger after dipping it in shahaha’s twat?

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By Fat Clemenza, May 15, 2007 at 2:18 pm Link to this comment
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Bush Administration conducts a Surge to save Wolfowitz’s job?  US Soldiers do a Surge in Iraq?

The only “SURGE” really going on is the one Paul Wolfowitz is giving his girlfriend.

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By Hammo, May 15, 2007 at 1:45 pm Link to this comment

It looks like Wolfowitz may be held accountable by World Bank staff for his activities.

When will he (and his associates) by held accountable for his activities while assistant secretary of defense regarding his planning of the invasion and occupation of Iraq? See:

“‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in 9/11, Iraq invasion and occupation, War on Terror?” (AmericanChronicle.com)

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=11401

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By QuyTran, May 15, 2007 at 1:16 pm Link to this comment

He didn’t do anything wrong. He should be given one more Freedom Medal after the ones he got after his
mission accomplished in Iraq with over 3,000 U.S. troops died in vain for nothing.

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