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Wolfie Waves Goodbye

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Posted on May 17, 2007
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Paul Wolfowitz will resign as president of the World Bank, effective June 30. He continued to insist that he behaved ethically while arranging a major raise for his girlfriend, but an internal investigation at the bank found otherwise.


AP via NY Times:

Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz will resign at the end of June, his leadership undermined by the generous compensation he arranged for his girlfriend.

His departure was announced late Thursday by the World Bank board.

Wolfowitz’s departure ends a two-year run at the development bank that was marked by controversy from the start, given his previous role as a major architect of the Iraq war when he served as the No. 2 official at the Pentagon.

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By Ga, May 18, 2007 at 2:47 pm Link to this comment

From Chomsky Takes on the World (Bank)

http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/4236

“The charges against Wolfowitz are maybe correct but pretty minor compared to his record. Forget his involvement in the Iraq war, let’s put that aside, though it was surely significant. He was the ambassador to Indonesia under Reagan. He was one of the strongest supporters of Suharto, who was one of the worst monsters in the modern period, comparable to Saddam Hussein. When Wolfowitz was appointed to the World Bank, Indonesian human rights and democracy activists were bitterly critical because he never lifted his finger to help them when he was ambassador. In fact, he harmed them and they explained how he did it.

“Here’s a man who strongly opposes democracy, who strongly opposes human rights. That’s not the myth. The myth is his great ideals. But in his actions, he supported a hideous dictator and in fact he supported extreme corruption. Transparency International ranked Suharto’s Indonesia as the world champion in corruption. This is the man he was defending while at the same time saying that he was going to the World Bank to do something about corruption.

“His record with regard to democracies is also outlandish. You may recall in Turkey, to everyone’s surprise, the government went along with the will of 95% of the population and did not let U.S. troops use the country as a base for the war against Iraq. There was bitter condemnation of Turkey in the United States, from Colin Powell and others. But the most extreme was Wolfowitz. He berated the Turkish military for permitting this to happen. He said, “look, you have power, you can force the civilian government to do what we want them to do. The idea that they should listen to 95% of the population is outrageous.” Then he demanded that Turkey apologize to the United States and in fact say that it understands its job to help the United States. A couple of months later he was being hailed as the “idealist-in-chief leading the crusade for democracy.”

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By Forkboy, May 18, 2007 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment

First, I hate this idiot just as much as anyone else posting comments here.

Second, he never had the managerial skills to run the World Bank and the job was a thank-you from W.  He should never have been at the World Bank and it’s best he is gone.

Third, I’m not certain this is really all Wolfowitz’s fault.  It does sound like the Ethics Committee at the World Bank screwed up by letting Paul make the arrangements for the “departure” of his girlfriend.  He shouldn’t have had anything to do with it, but it seems, from what I’ve seen in the press, that they recused themselves of making the necessary decisions.  I’m certainly not trying to stick up for P.W., but it seems like he may have been set-up by the Board at the WB.  They clearly didn’t like him (and who can fault them for that?) and I think they may have used this as a way to get rid of him. 

Damn - if this is true these guys are so dastardly they could be modern American Republicans!

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By QuyTran, May 18, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment

It’s time for him to repay his debt to all of our troops who have been died in vain in Iraq.

He, his ex-boss Rumsfeld, and all his accomplices at DOD ought to be prosecuted for their crimes when drawing invasion plan in Iraq in which thousands troops killed, thousands and thousands more wounded and lost their future indefinitely, hundreds thousands Iraqis massacred…and the whole torn country is bathing in blood.

What can we describe these guys ? You name it !

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By Hammo, May 18, 2007 at 9:32 am Link to this comment

It seems that investigations into Wolfowitz’s other activities should begin.

Inquiries seem appropriate to look into his activities during his tenure as assistant secretary of defense under Donald Rumsfeld, and as supervisor of Douglas Feith and the Office of Special Plans.

Related to this, the article below may be of interest:

“‘Intelligence failures’ prior to 9/11, Iraq war: Planned strategies?” (AmericanChronicle.com)

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=3367

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By jatihoon, May 18, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment

sorry sorry and sorry what he said, “half a million what he gets”  now that is a real bank robbery

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By RAE, May 18, 2007 at 8:43 am Link to this comment

“And, in usual Republican board-room Socialism, he will get close to a half-million in severance pay.”

Of the perhaps 20 or 30 jobs I held over 50 years in the work-force, I left only one on a “termination for cause” basis - (I thought the boss was an idiot and told him so - that just about did it) - but I missed the part where I was entitled to SEVERENCE PAY.

Do you think I should get a lawyer and apply for it?

There is no god-damned way public servants at any level who are “fired for cause”/incompetence or who resign just ahead of being fired, should receive a cent in severence pay beyond two weeks pay in lieu of notice.

If our representatives weren’t part of the crowd at risk of getting caught with their hand in the cookiejar, we’d have a law to this effect. But since they’re part of the scam, we never will.

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By GW=MCHammered, May 18, 2007 at 8:38 am Link to this comment
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THIS JUST IN: Paris Hilton has been nominated as World Bank President!
(would anyone be surprised?)

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By Fat Clemenza, May 18, 2007 at 8:03 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.)


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 the SURGE came and 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 James Yell, May 18, 2007 at 6:47 am Link to this comment
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And these are Gods people that speak to him on a personal basis everyday. Completely blind to their hypocrisy, completely blind to their greed, traitors and criminals all.

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By George W Bush, May 18, 2007 at 6:20 am Link to this comment
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Yo! My fellow Americanized
Paul…has been a loyal patriotifed….Per-SON.  He should turn up to-MO-rrow with….a Gun….and Raise-CAIN.
It would be a shamificate if the terrorisificationized Bin Ladenificate….. evil DO-ers…. of the Word BANK conduct this witch HUNTificate on my dear friend…..ify.
This is unfair. I’m…...at a loss for…..............words.

God bless
American

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By This Old Brit, May 18, 2007 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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It didn’t take long for Blair’s name to come up as a possible Wolfie replacement did it?

Would you trust this man to handle your money?

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By Inherit The Wind, May 18, 2007 at 4:42 am Link to this comment
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And, in usual Republican board-room Socialism, he will get close to a half-million in severance pay.

Actually, compared to some of the parachutes these arrogant incompetents receive, the World Bank is getting rid of this @$$#ole at a bargain rate!

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By DennisD, May 17, 2007 at 7:47 pm Link to this comment
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Heckuva job Wolfie, your medal of freedom is in the mail - signed GWB.

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By Verne Arnold, May 17, 2007 at 7:05 pm Link to this comment

Ah…one by one the Dominos fall.  Next…Gonzales, Cheney, Rove, and finally the Shrub!
This whole process is way too slow, but, better slow than not at all.

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By Iranian, May 17, 2007 at 6:21 pm Link to this comment

ABOUT TIME HE’S OUT OF THE WORLD BANK! Now real help may arrive to poverty-struck countries, unless his position is given to another bastard.

I mainly despise this neo-con terrorist for the Wolfowitz doctrine.

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By Outraged, May 17, 2007 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

Re Comment: #70665 by RAE on 5/17

Rae:

He was absolutely recognized as an unethical sociopath, that’s why the Bush/Cheney admin. chose him.  There’s a definite pattern here, wouldn’t you say?

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By QuyTran, May 17, 2007 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

Kick him out immediately not until June 30, 2007. Such kind of virus has to be eliminated without coup-de-grace !

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By euni84, May 17, 2007 at 5:39 pm Link to this comment

While the World Bank is regularly criticized for its policies, the organization does provide much of the relief for developing countries and it is unfortunate that Wolfowitz’s decisions have impeded the efforts. If the issues that face the world today are to be addressed, better leaders are needed.

Politics should not be made part of organizations that are seeking to assist developing countries reverse the effects of poverty. The Borgen Project states that one in five people survive on less than $1 per day. In 2000, global leaders agreed to the U.N. Millennium Development Goals, a time frame for addressing top global concerns, including poverty reduction. As the world’s agenda setters, the Bush administration must be accountable to the pledge that was made by choosing wisely and outside of political lines when nominating the next leader of the World Bank.

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By PatrickHenry, May 17, 2007 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment

Olde tyme snake oil salesman.

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By RAE, May 17, 2007 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

What I can’t figure out is how creeps like him aren’t recognized for the unethical sociopaths that they are long before they’re even considered for the top jobs.

Would YOU even buy a used car from someone who looks, acts and sounds like he does? What the hell is wrong with people that they can be so easily snowed?

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By Tom Doff, May 17, 2007 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment
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Wolfowitz’ ethics compare favorably with Bush’s intelligence and rationality, and Cheney’s humility and charity.

All three share the same degree of delusion, it makes one wish they’d go for a long walk together, arm in arm, and fall off the edge of the earth.

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