Skip to comments.Dedicated servant of humanity falls victim to a political witch-hunt
Posted on 05/18/2007 6:51:30 PM PDT by Fred Nerks
PAUL Wolfowitz is a good man brought down by a shabby, politicised witch-hunt. The terms under which he was forced to deal with his partner when he joined the World Bank may well indicate that he was set up for a fall.
Wolfowitz tried hard to avoid personnel issues surrounding his partner. He sought advice, and followed it.
The spouses of other executives had been allowed to keep working at the bank but the hostility to Wolfowitz, which is a displaced enmity for US President George W.Bush, exacerbated by Wolfowitz's exotic name and reputation as an architect of the operation in Iraq, was present from day one.
I have known Wolfowitz for many years. He is one of the most intelligent and thoughtful men I know, the very opposite of the idiotic caricature of him as a Dr Strangelove super hawk.
He was one of Washington's most committed proponents of engagement with Islam, and long before 9/11.
He was a superb and popular ambassador to Indonesia, is deeply concerned with human rights and has supported many Asian dissidents.
He is formidable, if donnish, and an intensely hard worker...
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“exacerbated by Wolfowitz’s exotic name”
Give me a break— also known as uncontrolled anti semitism at the UN.
Today I am convinced that George W. Bush is a miserable failure. He let Scooter Libby and Wolfowitz be eaten by the hyenas. He has let the NY Slimes, et al undermine the WOT. And he will now, with his happy face smile, sign the death warrent of America.
A Miserable Failure. Harriet Miers SHOULD be on the Supreme Court now. THAT should be his legacy.
It’s time to take the concept of the “Anglo-Sphere” seriously.
Red States, Australia, India, the parts of Britain that are not yet Socialist, Denmark, Poland, Middle Canada...
Screw the rest of the world. We don’t need them.
We’re all done for if the US elects a dem to the Whitehouse.
sure looks that way...so sad.
It’s unfortunate for the country and the world, but Wolfowitz himself can probably get a seven-figure job in the private sector.
that's the crux of the issue IMO.
The terms under which he was forced to deal with his partner when he joined the World Bank may well indicate that he was set up for a fall.
Exactly. Those corrupt so-and-so’s would have planted evidence if they had to.
Beating GWB with the Wolfowitz stick.
Enemy Number One:
‘Red Heidi’ on attack against Wolfowitz
17th May 2007, 20:28 WST
Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, a German minister known as “red Heidi” for her auburn hair and left-wing leanings, has emerged as one of the most tenacious critics of World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz.
The 64-year-old development minister, a former history teacher, has led European calls for him to step down to salvage the bank’s credibility that they say has been damaged by his handling of a promotion for his companion.
Despite her gentle appearance and soft voice, Wieczorek-Zeul has been turning up the volume of her criticism of Wolfowitz over the last month and, with the quiet backing of the German government, has now bluntly urged the American to leave.
“He would do the bank and himself a great service if he resigned,” she told reporters in Berlin.
She also told Wolfowitz he was not welcome at a World Bank forum in Berlin on development aid for Africa he was due to attend on Monday, a slap in the face from a woman best known for causing problems for her own party leaders.
A leading leftist voice in the Social Democrats (SPD), she is the longest-serving minister in conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government. She has led her ministry since Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, appointed her in 1998.
Wieczorek-Zeul, who has often tangled with Schroeder and the more SPD centrist leaders, was a particularly loud opponent of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, which Wolfowitz helped plan in his previous capacity as deputy US defence secretary.
Despite her penchant for haranguing past and present SPD leaders for not sufficiently including left-wing demands in their policies, she has raised the clout of the Development Ministry over the last nine years considerably.
A throwback to an earlier era in the SPD, Wieczorek-Zeul has been in parliament since 1987 and, with a long track record as a pacifist, has remained an anti-war activist in government.
When asked in a newspaper interview last year if she enjoyed being “a big pain”, she said: “It depends. If it’s necessary to push through what’s needed in development policies, I’ll use whatever it takes.”
In 2000, she made a high profile trip to Cuba to announce a resumption of German development aid to Cuba and, in a surprise visit to Fidel Castro became the first government official from reunited Germany to meet the Cuban leader.