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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 03:37 PM
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"Paul has no plan. Everything is ad hoc, reactive -- first we go this way, then we go that."
Edited on Thu May-17-07 04:10 PM by BurtWorm
That's what a "close friend" and colleague of Wolfowitz's says of his management style. Doesn't it describe everything you know about him to a T? It's one of the reasons Iraq is in the state it's in, why the World Bank is in the state its in, even why Wolfowitz's "retirement" is in the state its in:

http://www.tpmcafe.com/blog/coffeehouse/2007/may/17/wha...

What Happened to Wolfowitz the Strategist?

By Steve Clemons | bio

Paul Wolfowitz has all but conceded that he is leaving his perch as CEO of the World Bank. The only question that remains is what gets scribbled in the last paragraph of the story on whether the "blame" for his departure is shared -- and whether he resigned under his own steam or was actually, formally fired.

What is odd about this entire encounter is that "Wolfowitz the strategist" seems to be missing -- and that may have been the problem all along.

Many officials in the Bank did not like Wolfowitz because of his central role in designing, planning and launching the Iraq War. But had the former Deputy Secretary of Defense come into the Bank with a compelling plan for global economic development that built on the strengths and addressed some of the weaknesses of the Bank's relative skill sets, a relationship of mutual trust and respect, even if grudging, would have taken root.

Even one of Wolfowitz's closest friends and the not-often discussed third political appointee (the other two were the more controversial Kevin Kellems and Robin Cleveland) brought in by Wolfowitz, Karl Jackson, has reportedly told numerous World Bank and diplomatic pals of his that "Paul has no plan. Everything is ad hoc, reactive -- first we go this way, then we go that." If his friends are saying that, imagine what Wolfowitz's enemies think.....
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shain from kane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:02 PM
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1. "...leaving his perch as..." vulture. Comb the blood out of your feathers.
Edited on Thu May-17-07 04:04 PM by shain from kane
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:10 PM
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3. Then lick the comb,
:patriot:
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louis-t Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:03 PM
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2. "If his friends are saying that, imagine what..."
So nice, they said it twice!
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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:11 PM
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4. I think that was my fault.
:crazy:
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Sapere aude Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:13 PM
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5. "his central role in designing, planning and launching the Iraq War"
Doesn't this suggest that the war was not as a result of terrorist threats? When did he start to design and plan the war? I think it was before 2000.

How can we have statements in the news like that and still say this war is part of the war on terror or some other bull shit?

Don't people put the whole thing into context?
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shain from kane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:31 PM
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6. He authored a plan as Cheney's assistant during the GHWBush administration.
Edited on Thu May-17-07 04:36 PM by shain from kane
From Wikipedia ---

In the aftermath of the war, Wolfowitz and his then-assistant Scooter Libby wrote the Defense Planning Guidance to "set the nations direction for the next century" that many saw as a "blueprint for U.S. hegemony." At that time the official administration line was one of "containment", and the contents of Wolfowitzs plan calling for "preemption" and "unilateralism" proved unpalatable to the more-moderate members of the administration, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and President Bush. Defense Secretary Cheney produced a revised plan released in 1992.
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PATRICK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-07 04:53 PM
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7. The rule of rule
the point of crony appointments in an Empire is that the institution no longer exists for its function EVEN if that function is smartly ruthless on behalf of common principles(spreading controlling fascism and dependency among debtor nations on behalf of rich nation).

No, it is a real open secret that now America, namely the Chimperor, has taken control of the controllers. The bank now exists as a gangland takeover of Empire at the whim and pleasure of the US. Any failures or duties are irrelevant. The manner of overlordship is easy, arbitrary and exactly in character as it behaves- with utter unconcern and disregard for any people or functions outside of the singular interest of the Imperial clique.

Fast track corruption that ironically all these horror at the World Bank signed onto long ago with some apparatchiks keeping some delusions this is for the common good- and at least they have the power to do their job well.

Not so, says the new boss in town, ruffling all the starchy feathers and disturbing the stuffy machinelike minds of real financiers- and other powers who don't yet comprehend what the new American Empire is all about. You'll do what I say and when. training is more important than your functions and the scheme for the world no longer needs the illusion of orderly functions, just brash and bold tyranny, taking etc.

Imported cronyism. Yes it IS about the girlfriend because it signals the Bush Imperial takeover by supplanting(by obvious crime to make the bully point of power clear) the institution with buddies, not functionaries. Wolfie himself got shoehorned into the Bank especially because he is a failure and shows his loyalty to the Bush Way by not changing a bit, continuing the taunting bullying dare, pushing failing policies as a mark of greatness and determination. Wolfie then proceeds to get his favorites in and subverts all others at the deliberate expense of the NWO. There is only Bush order, not any globalism among larger circles of pals. There has been no War of the Roses. Bush is King of the World and this surprises many who even though the normal operation of their esteemed institutions would be rewarded and necessary.

But it is about direct subservience and not mutual respect or even practical necessity. Bush respects no one with his own GOP Congress as a leading example and his nutcase base so reviled by members of his crony circle. On some days the Bush gang cannot believe they are getting away with so much. On other days they wax wrathful and indignant when they get their hands slapped by shocked and disbelieving former collaborators.
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