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Wolfowitz architect of his own collapse
Los Angeles Times, via Nashua Telegraph ^ | 20 May 2007 | Lawrence Wilkerson

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 world’s 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 Wolfowitz’s 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 Wolfowitz’s 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.

(Excerpt) Read more at nashuatelegraph.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: incompetence; scandal; wolfowitz; worldbank
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To: 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

I imagine military officers rarely discuss such things.

21 posted on 05/20/2007 1:20:44 PM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: SolidWood

He should have gotten the people at the bank to get EVERYTHING IN WRITING that giving his girlfriend a raise was not his idea or suggestion.


22 posted on 05/20/2007 1:41:16 PM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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To: A.Hun

Wolfowitz did not hire Shaha Riza (she was a valued employee at the World Bank prior to his becoming Prez), nor did he direct her promotion. Before signing his own employment contract he voluntarily and in writing recused himself from any matters pertaining to her position in the Bank, a recusal that was acknowledged also in writing.
The bank’s board, through a convoluted process, determined that she be given a promotion and directed Wolfowitz to carry out the administrative procedures. Unfortunately, this required that his signature be the authorizing one, enabling his enemies to engineer his dismissal. The anti-Jew, anti-corruption fighter Europeans could not tolerate Wolfowitz any longer than it would take them to devise a scheme for eliminating him.


23 posted on 05/20/2007 2:11:00 PM PDT by Elsiejay
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To: Elsiejay

Thanks for the clarification....he shouldn’t have resigned. However, he would have spared himself this entire thing if his g/f had sought employment elsewhere....just sayin’


24 posted on 05/20/2007 2:17:02 PM PDT by A.Hun (Common sense is no longer common.)
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To: JennysCool
You know, I have a simple view that covers both the public and private sectors:

Here's my view - be quiet until you've read enough to know what you are talking about.

Paul Wolfowitz did not hire his girlfriend. He worked with the ethics committee to move her out of his chain of command, and actually moved her to a job outside the World Bank. Her raise was in part overdue and in part an apology due to being moved into a dead-end job.

The real lesson here is to not trust international desk-jockeys when it's going to be your job to clean out the corrupt desk-jockeys, or trust a Bush to stand behind you.

25 posted on 05/20/2007 2:39:56 PM PDT by slowhandluke (It's hard work to be cynical enough in this age)
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To: slowhandluke
He worked with the ethics committee to move her out of his chain of command, and actually moved her to a job outside the World Bank. Her raise was in part overdue and in part an apology due to being moved into a dead-end job.

Thank you for the summation. I'll stand by what I said, though. Whether in business or government, having one's love interest in the mix is seldom a good idea. Not only can it be uncomfortable, it always seems to give ammo to your competitors and enemies.

26 posted on 05/20/2007 3:02:37 PM PDT by JennysCool ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." -Mencken)
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To: JennysCool

No, she wasn’t overdue for a raise, she’d been passed over two times already. That’s why she made her bitter statement to the board about everyone persecuting her and no one promoting, her, she was passed over a lot and was certain of her virtue. Being passed over, she lured her boyfriend into the presidency and tried to amass power that illegitimate way, and the ethics committee saw that going on and demanded that she be moved. That really upset her masterplan for world bank domination and she DICTATED to her boyfriend not just a 3.5% raise like the others were living with, but a 35% raise, plus guaranteed no-merit promotions, up to two as ‘compensation’ and Paul went along like a naive lunk, not thinking with his big head. The ethics committee recommended an either/or option but paul gave her both and then tried to hide it, had his spokesman lie about it to the press and then screamed that he was the victim when the truth came out. The guy just wasn’t thinking.


27 posted on 05/20/2007 9:13:04 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
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To: A.Hun

Wolfie wanted to simply recuse himself from matters affecting her. The World Bank Ethics Committee said that was not adequate. He asked others to determine appropriate compensation for her to leave/transfer, and because he could not recuse himself (per the ethics board) signed off on it.

Then the ethics board changed their mind.

Of course what he could have done was marry her. The World Bank has special rules for that. Guess he didn’t want to, or she didn’t want to.


28 posted on 05/20/2007 9:46:22 PM PDT by donmeaker (You may not be interested in War but War is interested in you.)
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