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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 01:27 AM
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NYT: Time for Mr. Wolfowitz to Go
Time for Mr. Wolfowitz to Go

The reason Paul Wolfowitz should resign as president of the World Bank has nothing to do with Iraq, or his last job as No. 2 in Donald Rumsfelds Pentagon, or even his clashes with the banks directors and staff. He should resign because he made clean governance his main cause at the bank and has fallen far short of his own standards.

The facts are not in dispute. When Mr. Wolfowitz was appointed he was in a personal relationship with a woman employed there. Since working under Mr. Wolfowitzs supervision would violate the banks conflict-of-interest rules, she was reassigned to the State Department, where she initially worked under Liz Cheney, the vice presidents daughter.

She remained on the banks payroll, and it now turns out that Mr. Wolfowitz helped arrange for her to receive a whopping $60,000 raise. Mr. Wolfowitz has launched a full rearguard action, apologizing to the staff, pledging full cooperation with any investigation, and appealing to staff members not to hold his previous job against him.

The issue isnt his previous job. Mr. Wolfowitz had already created enough turmoil in his current job to raise serious questions about his stewardship. The directors and the staff were especially incensed about the cavalier way in which he pursued his anticorruption agenda, paying little heed to anyone save a tight circle of advisers he brought in with him. What might Mr. Wolfowitz himself say if he discovered that a government receiving World Bank loans was making similar sweet arrangements for the personal friends of its president? There is no way Mr. Wolfowitz can recover his credibility and continue to be effective at the bank.

more:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/16/opinion/16mon3.html
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 01:39 AM
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1. And if they want to tar and feather him, too, we're fine with it.
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opihimoimoi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 01:51 AM
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2. I say we INSTANT GLUE 765869700393856.009 COMBS all over his nekkid Body
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 01:59 AM
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3. LOL
:D
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 06:39 AM
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7. I think I'll wait for the "post-comb gluing" pics...
Please make sure you obscure all pertinent features-- if you know what I mean...Of course one mini-comb could probably do that... :evilgrin:
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arewenotdemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 02:32 AM
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4. Mussolini's mistress wasn't even political
Yet the Italian partisans in the Piazzale Loreto found a cozy spot for her next to El Duce.

Adding fuel to the controversy is concern within the bank staff over Wolfowitz's reported romantic relationship with Shaha Riza, an Arab feminist who works as a communications adviser in the bank's Middle East and North Africa department.

Both divorced, Wolfowitz and Riza have steadfastly declined to talk publicly about their relationship, but they have been regularly spotted at private functions and one source said the two have been dating for about two years. Riza, an Oxford-educated British citizen who was born in Tunisia and grew up in Saudi Arabia, shares Wolfowitz's passion for democratizing the Middle East, according to people who know her.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A45449-20...
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wake.up.america Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 02:46 AM
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5. Is there anyone here who did not think Wolf was not going to generate animosity at the WB?
These guys think the world owes them.
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ZENmud Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 06:11 AM
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6. Give WOLFOWITZ a Promotion!!!
Seriously:

Anyone that can take the world's focus away from 'corruption in the Developing world', and bring that sordid spotlight onto HIMSELF, alone, deserves a greater role on the world's stage, than to be President of the World Bank (cough).

No one else could do so much in support of ... take your pick:
- neoconservatism;
- warmongering;
- sexual office politics!

He's become the Don IMUS of the neo-con scene, in one glorious news-bite...

Rock on! Paul

(sarcasm mode OFF)
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Marrak Donating Member (332 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-16-07 02:26 PM
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8. his credibility ranks up there...
on par with Cheney's shooting skills...
:kick:
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