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An Old Face Resurfaces [Wolfowitz Back in Govt.?]
NEWSWEEK ^ | Dec 10, 2007 Issue | Michael Isikoff

Posted on 12/02/2007 12:52:08 PM PST by West Coast Conservative

Don't ever say the Bush administration doesn't take care of its own. Nearly three years after Paul Wolfowitz resigned as deputy Defense secretary and six months after his stormy departure as president of the World Bank—amid allegations that he improperly awarded a raise to his girlfriend—he's in line to return to public service. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has offered Wolfowitz, a prime architect of the Iraq War, a position as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board, a prestigious State Department panel, according to two department sources who declined to be identified discussing personnel matters. The 18-member panel, which has access to highly classified intelligence, advises Rice on disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters. "We think he is well suited and will do an excellent job," said one senior official.

Wolfowitz, now a visiting scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, will replace former senator Fred Thompson, who quit over the summer to run for president. Although officials declined to say how Rice came to choose him, Wolfowitz began his government career in the 1970s in the State Department as an arms-control expert; he forged a relationship with Rice during the 2000 presidential campaign, when they both served as top foreign-policy advisers to the then candidate Bush. But his selection has raised more than a few eyebrows within State because he'll be providing advice on some of the same issues that critics say the administration got spectacularly wrong when Wolfowitz was pushing the case for the Iraq War at the Pentagon. (One of the department sources called the appointment "amazing.") At least Wolfowitz, who did not return calls seeking comment, will have like-minded company: other panel members include Robert Joseph, the former National Security Council official in charge of Iraq WMD intelligence, and ex-CIA director James Woolsey, both strong allies during the Iraq debate.

The sources said Wolfowitz has already accepted Rice's offer to fill the part-time position, though it won't be announced until the completion of a standard check for conflicts of interest. But he won't have to worry about any complaints from pesky Democrats. The position doesn't require Senate confirmation.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: isikoff; rice; wolfowitz; worldbank

1 posted on 12/02/2007 12:52:10 PM PST by West Coast Conservative
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To: West Coast Conservative

This should cause some heads to explode over at DU!


2 posted on 12/02/2007 12:55:44 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: West Coast Conservative

But I thought the drive-by media told me that Fred Thompson was clueless, old & lazy. How could he be on this important international affairs advisory board, then? My brain hurts!!


3 posted on 12/02/2007 12:56:17 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (Your "dirt" on Fred is about as persuasive as a Nancy Pelosi Veteran's Day Speech)
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To: West Coast Conservative

Wolfowitz did nothing wrong at the World Bank. He was framed by the Euroswine, who wanted to take charge of the organization, because he was insufficiently dedicated to killing off the population of the third world with condoms and abortions but thought that the money could better be used for more helpful activities, like food or medicine or helping them get on their feet and help themselves.


4 posted on 12/02/2007 12:56:19 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He must be clueless.

He’s a conservative Republican politician who worked as an actor.


5 posted on 12/02/2007 12:58:17 PM PST by guinnessman
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To: West Coast Conservative
Wolfowitz will replace former senator Fred Thompson, who quit over the summer to run for president.

Very interesting. The leftists will go coconut, when THE WOLF returns.

6 posted on 12/02/2007 1:03:42 PM PST by SolidWood ("I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.")
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To: Cicero

“Wolfowitz did nothing wrong at the World Bank. He was framed by the Euroswine,”

Oh, ok, so he didn’t give his girlfriend an apparently inappropriate raise/benefits? It was made up?


7 posted on 12/02/2007 1:07:27 PM PST by DemEater
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To: DemEater

To put it short:
Riza (his girlfriend) was qualified already for promotion/raise. -> Wolfowitz, trying to avoid conflict of interest said to the rest of the World Bank, that he would keep out of matters regarding Riza.-> World Bank staff (mostly Euro-libs and crypto-commies) assure Wolfowitz that there won’t be any negative repercussions or problems (basically they frame him), since Riza is entitled for promotion anyway.->Wolfowitz (that was dumb of him) buys into their promises and gives the raise.-> World Bank Libs show their true face and scream “corruption” and “nepotism”.-> Lib media smells neocon blood and spins the case further.-> Wolfie defends himself, gets nasty on the World Bank libs.-> Libs scream abuse.->Wolfie resigns.


8 posted on 12/02/2007 1:13:08 PM PST by SolidWood ("I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.")
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To: West Coast Conservative; SJackson

court-jew alert - (albeit nominally conservative) this guy is bad news for Israel and those who believe its the same WOT...


9 posted on 12/02/2007 9:10:01 PM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!) SAY YES to Waterboarding Jihadis!)
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To: Yehuda

It’s good news for all those who believe Iran is due for a smackdown.

On the issue of Israel-”palestine”, the whole Bush administration (just as it’s predecessor) AND the Government of Israel itself (including the revered Sharon) have been dangerously dissapointing.


10 posted on 12/03/2007 1:32:54 PM PST by SolidWood ("I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol.")
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To: SolidWood

So todays news that Iran really isn’t close to a nuke is... a feint? Or did Condi further sucker ohmmerde the fool...

Condi Baker last weeK:

“Here, ehud, give us 1/2 of al quds, whoops, I mean jerusalem, and we’ll cover you with Iran....”

EO:”Beseder, (ok) and you help me quash the indictments..”

CB: “In shallah, whoops, I meant, of course!”

THIS WEEK:

CB - nyah, nyah, faked you out, and you Joos thought you were so smart!”

PS - Pres Bush sent Wolfie out to the 200,000 American Jews who marched on DC in 2002 to tell us “thanks for your suport in the WOT, but we are creating another Arab terror state.


11 posted on 12/03/2007 11:30:55 PM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!) SAY YES to Waterboarding Jihadis!)
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To: SolidWood

http://www.nysun.com/article/28949

” The next time Mr. Wolfowitz - whom we hold in high personal regard - and the World Bank get the urge to use World Bank cash to prevent the Palestinian Arabs from feeling the consequences of voting for Hamas, someone in the White House would do Mr. Bush a favor to mention congressional sentiment on this issue and ask the president to call Mr. Wolfowitz. If France and New Zealand want to subsidize the Hamas regime in the West Bank and Gaza as Hamas trains children as suicide bombers, let them do it without the offices of a Washington-based bank headed by the Bush administration’s former deputy secretary of defense. And let Mr. Bush be leading the Congress on this issue, not the other way around.”


12 posted on 12/03/2007 11:32:33 PM PST by Yehuda ("Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!" (Choke on it, pinkos!) SAY YES to Waterboarding Jihadis!)
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