Skip to comments.Wolfowitz architect of his own collapse
Posted on 05/20/2007 11:40:12 AM PDT by Kitten Festival
When I was assigned to the U.S. Pacific Command in the mid-1980s, we military officers would often discuss the ambassadors in our theater of operations a huge area embracing more than 30 countries and most of the Pacific -SNIP-
One name came up constantly as one of the best -SNIP-: then-U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Wolfowitz. He understood the culture, the people and the special circumstances of the worlds most populous Muslim country, and he did a superb job in dealing with that country within the context of U.S. national-security interests.
Understand, then, my wonder over the last few years at Wolfowitzs fall. From my position, first at the Pentagon, then at the State Department, I watched the talented Wolfowitz self-destruct.
How could such a successful, intelligent ambassador transmogrify into the petulant old man I watched fighting unsuccessfully to keep his job as president of the World Bank? There were early signs.
In 1990, when both of us were at the Pentagon I worked for Colin Powell, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Wolfowitz for then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney I discovered that Wolfowitz was geared entirely to conceptual thinking and not to practical action, planning and detail and the disciplined routine that government requires.
But there was more. Powell was certain that the Soviet Union was expiring. Wolfowitz, Robert Gates at the CIA, Cheney and a host of retired military officers were certain the Soviets would be back.
In Wolfowitzs stand, however, I saw something different from the others: a stubborn refusal to see beyond the evil -SNIP-
I also saw more stark evidence of what a poor manager Wolfowitz was. He had no idea how to make the trains run on time and seemed to have no inclination to do so.
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Why should we give a crap?
First, lets look at Lawrence Wilkerson
who as an asst. of Colin Powel which does,’t say much
On Thursday, May 10, 2007, Lawrence Wilkerson, speaking on National Public Radio, proposed impeaching President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney
I think Paul Wolfowitz is another one being picked off
by the left and anti WOT folks.
This is a terrible article. The author makes all kinds of assertions, but provides not one concrete example to prove his point.
Wolfowitz was screwed over in order to put George Soros’ pick in the World Bank.
Wolfowitz worked with the World Bank on the employment conditions for his girlfriend. It all had prior approval.
This is just another facet of the pogrom against conservatives.
Wilkerson is a leftist whore posing as an analyst (he has betrayed and attacked the Bush admin. a number of times while serving the cause of the ‘RATs). This column is a confused melange of cliches and babble. There may well be some kernels of truth - I doubt that Wolfowitz was a very good executive - but it’s far from clear that has ANYTHING to do with why the jackals at the World Bank were all over his hide......
You know, I have a simple view that covers both the public and private sectors:
Don't work with, or for godsake hire, your girlfriend.
It would seem a no-brainer.
I’d never heard of the guy before this.
I agree 100%. It doesn't warrant him stepping down, but the old adage "never mix business with pleasure" certainly applies!
A more astute person would have soon the potential problems associated with the head of the bank having his girlfriend work there, and persuaded her to get a job somewhere else
He didn’t hire his girlfriend. When he was made President of the Worldbank, she was already working there for years. She was entitled to a pay raise, which he had to sign. He didn’t want to (conflict of interest), but the commies in the bank assured him to do so, by saying there would be no problem. He was naive enough to follow them, and got caught in their trap.
Thou shalt not dip thy pen into company ink.
See my #13. I just think the both of them — smart people, by most accounts — should have known this was an arrangement that just wouldn’t work.
Good Will Rogers quote, too!
He’s made various public comments blasting the WH and Rumsfeld while always trying to make Powell look like a saint and the one redeeming member of the admin. What’s interesting about that is that Wilkerson acknowledges that the supply of pre-war intel (he was at the heart of the effort to prepare Powell’s presentation to the UN) was exactly what the intel community said it should be, yet he still tries now to swing all blame onto Cheney, et al. That is why I think he is fundamentally dishonest and serving left-leaning political interests, no matter how good his prior record (he was a Vietnam Vet, etc.). In working energetically to undermine the Iraq War and the whole War on Terror by his public blasts at the admin., Wilkerson is just as harmful as the MSM and Demagogues, even if he may be loyal to Powell’s view of the country..... p.s. I think it is absurd and offensive for him to now characterize the intel presentation as a “hoax” on the country and the world — he is trying to absolve himself by joining the MSM assault on reason.
During an October 19, 2005 speech at the New America Foundation, Wilkerson gave a stinging criticism of the entire intelligence community which compiled the Iraq War Intelligence. He had criticism for U.S. intelligence agencies as well as the international community including the French, Germans, and British who all believed the intelligence prior to the Iraq War.
I cant tell you why the French, the Germans, the Brits and us thought that most of the material, if not all of it, that we presented at the U.N. on 5 February 2003 was the truth
Lawrence Wilkerson, New America Foundation, October 19 2005
In an interview that aired on the PBS news magazine NOW on PBS in Spring 2006 Wilkerson claimed that the speech Powell made before the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2003, laying out a case for war with Iraq, included falsehoods of which Powell had never been made aware. He said, “My participation in that presentation at the UN constitutes the lowest point in my professional life. I participated in a hoax on the American people, the international community and the United Nations Security Council.”
He stated in the interview that he was “intimately involved in the preparation of Secretary Powell for his five February 2003 presentation at the UN Security Council” and that neither CIA Director George Tenent, nor the CIA analysts involved in furnishing Powell with the information on mobile biological laboratories that he would use in his speech, gave any indication that there were disputes about the reliability of the informants who had supplied this information.
Wilkerson still sees this lapse as the result of a profound intelligence failure, saying, “I have to believe that. Otherwise I have to believe some rather nefarious things about some fairly highly placed people in the intelligence community and perhaps elsewhere.”
Wilkerson also agreed with the interviewer that Vice President Cheney’s frequent trips to the CIA would inevitably have brought “undue influence” on the agency. When asked if Cheney was “the kind of guy who could lean on somebody” he responded, “Absolutely. And be just as quiet and taciturn about it as— he— as he leaned on ‘em. As he leaned on the Congress recently— in the— torture issue.”
Wilkerson stood strongly by his earlier description of Cheney and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as having formed a cabal to hijack the decision-making process, emphasizing both their determination to ignore the Geneva Conventions and the “inept and incompetent” planning for post-invasion Iraq.
I don’t think he realized he still had a bullseye on his back...