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A Study in Contradictions

Posted on Apr 15, 2007

What a difference a year makes!  Let’s review:  Here’s what Paul Wolfowitz said about ending corruption at the World Bank in early 2006, about 14 months before news of his very own corruption scandal broke.


World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz has sworn to crack down on corruption by governments and officials in developing world nations where the bank operates.

He has also promised to examine any irregularities within the bank itself, vowing to tackle “difficult issues.”

Speaking to employees worldwide, Mr. Wolfowitz said the bank had to move “more decisively and energetically.”

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By MARIAM RUSSELL, April 15, 2007 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment
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Isn´t the pursuit of power also about access to the ¨best¨ women?

Kissenger said that power was the best aphrodisiac.

Take a look at these jokers. They need some serious help if they are not to live celibate lives.

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By PatrickHenry, April 15, 2007 at 6:15 pm Link to this comment

We need a McCarthy type effort to rid the U.S. Govt of these Neocon, AIPAC funded PNAC type individuals before they totally ruin us.

It starts with nation wide term limits for elected politicians, publically funded campaigns over public TV.

They also need to reign in lobbies and take away the tax exempt status of many of them.

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By JohnDWoodSr, April 15, 2007 at 6:06 pm Link to this comment
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After all these years, I must say I am shocked to see the first tiny crack of hypocrisy appear in a heretofore blemish-free administration.
How could something this scandalous have happened, especially by someone so highly regarded for honesty and integrity. George Bush must be appalled that such a scoundrel could have lurked for so long in positions of trust. I’m sure that he will fire Wolfowitz immediately, and apologize to the nation for his lack of vigilance. Ayup.

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By Kol Klink, April 15, 2007 at 6:01 pm Link to this comment
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Coincidentally there was an interview of Noam Chomsky by Dennis Ott on April 2, 2007 on ZNet regarding the move of Wolfowitz from the pentagon to the world bank. I have excerpted some of Mr Chomsky’s comments and linked to the entire interview. As brilliant as Mr Chomsky is little did he know how soon that this interview would become so significant in regard to Mr Wolfowitz.
Dennis Ott: Last year’s appointment of Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank caused angry reactions all over the world, even some irritations in the Western countries. Is there any detectable change in the World Bank’s policy since Wolfowitz has taken office, and what is the signal the Bush administration has sent to the world by appointing this controversial figure to the institution’s head?
Noam Chomsky: Unlike most of my friends, I was in favor of that appointment. The reason is pretty simple: I think he can do much less damage in the World Bank than in the Pentagon. So getting him out of the Pentagon almost anywhere is a good decision. In the World Bank, I suppose he’ll be a bureaucrat, like other bureaucrats. I mean, the only record he has that’s relevant is his record in Indonesia, which, in fact, his supporters bring up. They say, you know, he has an experience with development, look at his role in Indonesia, and so on… What was his role in Indonesia? He was one of the strongest and most vocal supporters of one of the worst murderers and tyrants of the late 20th century. Human-rights activists in Indonesia can’t even remember a case where he said a word about human rights, or about democracy. He was just a strong supporter of the murderous, brutal tyrant and aggressor Suharto. And in fact he remained so, even after the Indonesians had finally thrown him out.
They claim that his task in the World Bank is supposed to be to root out corruption – that’s the prime task that’s been assigned to him. Suharto was the most corrupt dictator of the late 20th century. I mean, there is a monitor of corruption, Transparency International, a British-based institution. About two years ago, they ranked regimes in terms of corruption: Suharto was far in the lead, way beyond Mobutu and others way below. And that’s Wolfowitz’s favorite. So, based on those credentials – delight with corruption, concentration of wealth, tyranny, human-rights violations, destruction of democracy – he’s the candidate for the World Bank. Will he do any worse than anyone else? My guess is: probably not; he’ll be a bureaucrat like other bureaucrats. So far, there’s no indication of any shift in World Bank policy that I’ve seen, and I wouldn’t particularly expect any.

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By Larry, April 15, 2007 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment

Neocons like Wolfowitz have no shame, no conscience, and no morals.  They have broken new ground in the world of hypocrisy.  The rules apply to everyone equally, they seem to be saying, only we’re more equal than everyone else.  ANIMAL FARM, anyone?

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By Dale Headley, April 15, 2007 at 10:45 am Link to this comment
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Did I hear somebody say something about a “black kettle”?

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By Hammo, April 15, 2007 at 10:23 am Link to this comment

Neocons like Wolfowitz ethically corrupt? That is a no-brainer.

Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Richard Perle and their close associates (some well-known and some behind the scenes) helped launch the invasion and occupation of Iraq after infiltrating the Bush-Cheney administration.

These people seem to deserve serious scrutiny and investigation. Take a look at:

“‘Mistakes’ or ‘plans’ in Iraq, War on Terror?”
February 12, 2007

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“An urgent task for the new Congress: Conduct necessary inquiries and investigations properly”
October 22, 2006

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By trantieungoc, April 15, 2007 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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Paul WOLFowitz was best known to us as the “chief architect of the Iraq invasion”. Before that agression, he was blindly hailed by many as one of the great foreign policy intellectuals of our time (!). But everybody forgot that he was also the highly talented corrupting officials who knew better how to steal government monies to well treat his mistress. As Chairman of the World Bank he daily deals with 184 countries througout the world. One a cheater, always a cheater; so at his position could he make any extra big bucks from “back doors” deals ? mostly the champion of bribery nation in this planet is China; so how could Paul WOLFowitz turn down all fatty proposals ?

The legislature ought to bring this matter to the floor then shed light into Paul WOLFowitz’s activities since the first day he was assumed the chairmanship of the World Bank.

The robber doesn’t have a safe place under sun.

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By Quy Tran, April 15, 2007 at 9:55 am Link to this comment
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When he had sworn in to crack down corruption that meant he himself will be the first and the sole to corrupt.

Looking at his face we wish to turn into Jerry Springer channel. Springer’s program is much much better than The World Bank’s Chairman acting with his bottom down actress !

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