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Blair to Take Over Wolfowitz’s Post?

Posted on May 18, 2007
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Tony on the go:  Blair may take over as World Bank president.

With Paul Wolfowitz soon to be between jobs, the task of finding his successor as World Bank president is under way, and, according to at least one bank insider, outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair may be a prime candidate.

Daily Mail:

Nobel prize-winner Joe Stiglitz, a former senior vice president at the World Bank, said: “He is one of the people that is clearly being discussed.”

Mr Blair is expected to cash in on his international contacts after quitting Downing Street on 27 June and his agent said he would quit as an MP if “a big international job” came up.

Mr Stiglitz said the World Bank would probably prefer an economist with experience in development - which some pundits argue effectively rules out the prime minister, who has often admitted to being shaky at maths.

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By C Quil, May 19, 2007 at 1:39 pm Link to this comment

What exactly do you have to DO to be fired and forced to retire in disgrace? Liars and crooks get one high-paying job after another.

I wonder where Wolfie will turn up next?

Rumsfeld is running some grant-giving foundation now.

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By Dawn, May 19, 2007 at 11:48 am Link to this comment

We have an opportunity to really assess the value of the World Bank at this point. It should be disbanded for rampant corruption.

It pretends to be helping poor people in developing countries. What it actually does is prop up brutal dictators who sign up for credit to pursue projects that don’t benefit the people but saddle the country with years of debt. The implementation of these “projects” are contracted to U.S. companies to fulfill. Therefore the money ends up in the pockets of CEO’s of major corporations and the poor people get the ruthless dictator and the bill.

Paul Wolfowitz is bragging about his good work there? Give me a break. His work there is as good as his work in planning the Iraq war.

Disband the World Bank. Fund NGO’s to go in and administer credit to individual poor people in the developing countries to start small businesses. There are many organizations with a good track record of actually helping the poor. The World Bank has a terrible record. Close it down. Do not let Tony Blair get in there. If it must exist, let it be run by a person from a developing country. I bet they have some good ideas.

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By QuyTran, May 18, 2007 at 6:23 pm Link to this comment

Ha, ha, ha ! The “poodle” will have a new job. He would change from “poodle” to “hunting dog” to his master. Everybody must be careful and stay away from this ferious beast. At Bush’s office there’s a new warning sign “BEWARE OF DOG”.

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By jbart, May 18, 2007 at 6:04 pm Link to this comment
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Interesting.  Hmmm. Blair just met with the “Idiot-in-charge”, right? For what purpose? To get the “IIC” do make this happen?  Hmmm. Why? Good paying new job? I doubt it. After being #1 in Britain, and the connections/owe-sees/favors/deals that has now afforded him? No way. He’s going to continue, which he undoubtably reassured our resident dunce (a.k.a. President) to pursue the path to Iraqi compitulation of its control on its natural advantage, OIL. How does the average American citizen stop this scenario? Vote? Bullshit on that concept. Impeachment? Never happen. Threats to the newly empowered Dems? Never happen. And, even if it did, no way they give up their “cushy” careers to “rock the boat”.
So, what to do? Create a “level” playing field where the amount of money to run a campaign goes away. How, you ask? Make it mandatory to all of the media organization in our great land to provide “free of charge” air time and newspaper ads equally, across the board. Not with our beliefs of a free and open media? Once again, bullshit. If anybody believes the media is offering an “unbiased” and open forum for intelligent discussion…well….I have a big bridge in the mountains of Kansas that you can buy for “a song”.

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By RAE, May 18, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

You’d think that after 10 hectic years of stress and BS in the public spotlight, Blair would be looking forward to getting as far away from this crap as he can. It must be awful to be so badly addicted to power and control that you can’t just relax and enjoy life… perhaps on a farm or some sunny Caribbean Island.

That’s where I would be I can tell you!

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By JohnDWoodSr, May 18, 2007 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment

I propose a three-way switch. Wolfowitz to become PM replacing Blair—Gonzo to the World Bank—Blair to Attorney General.
Britain would benefit by having a nose-picking comb-licking PM. The British tabloids would have a bloody good time with his antics. Fun for all!
The World Bank is a bunch of global country-wreckers, so Gonzo would fit right in.
And Blair would look darling testifying in a powdered wig.C-Spans ratings would skyrocket.
I actually think it can work!!!

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By Tony, May 18, 2007 at 2:08 pm Link to this comment
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Some have said Blair is the man for the World Bank. He has, after all, been Stan to Dubya’s Ollie. But I think the man who has been prophesied to come out of the wilderness to save the world’s poor is Rummy:

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By jonathan, May 18, 2007 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment

Not surprised that Tony Blair is being considered to be president of “The World Bank”.
Beware; that well read people say; scratch the skin of an Englishman and you will find a Jew.
It was ENGLAND who granted “Arabic territory” to the Jewish coalition for the founding of Israel.  It was not theirs to give !
Tony Blair will be one more kog in the Jewish machinery for Israel’s best interests. The same elements practiced by Paul Wolfowitz the prime architect of the Weapons of mass destruction excuse - for the invasion of Iraq.
Americans are dying - in defence of Israel.
Only time will tell if Mr. Blair does things any better than Paul Wolfowitz.

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By Scott, May 18, 2007 at 12:30 pm Link to this comment

I don’t see how trading one war criminal for another is supposed to aid world development, mind you the world bank hasn’t exactly made the world a better place either so…

It figures.

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