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  • McCain: Libya Rebels Need Recognition, Aid

    04/23/2011 3:47:31 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 30 replies
    NewsMax.com ^ | Friday, 22 Apr 2011 02:50 PM | Bloomberg News
    The U.S. and its allies should provide more air support and financial aid to Libyan rebels, Senator John McCain said in Benghazi after President Barack Obama sent armed Predator on missions over the nation. Those seeking to oust Muammar Qaddafi’s regime are “patriots who want to liberate their nation, they are not al- Qaeda,” McCain told a press conference today in the rebel capital city. The Arizona Republican said North Atlantic Treaty Organization states need to “urgently” increase close air support for rebel ground operations. He also said the rebels’ Transitional National Council should receive some of Qaddafi’s frozen assets...
  • McCain lauds anti-Gadhafi force during Libya visit (McCain praises Obama for bypassing Congress)

    04/22/2011 3:33:24 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 2011-04-22 | Sebastian Abbot
    (AP) BENGHAZI, Libya - U.S. Sen. John McCain, one of the strongest proponents in Congress of the American military intervention in Libya, said Friday that Libyan rebels fighting Moammar Gadhafi’s troops are his heroes. (snip) When Obama acted with limited congressional consultation, McCain - who was the 2008 Republican presidential contender running against Obama - defended the president, saying he couldn’t wait for Congress to take even a few days to debate the use of force. If he had, "there would have been nothing left to save in Benghazi," the rebels’ de-facto capital.
  • McCain: Increase military support to Libyan rebels

    04/22/2011 10:15:45 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 22, 2011 | SEBASTIAN ABBOT
    BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) -- U.S. Sen. John McCain called for increased military support Friday for Libya's rebels, including providing weapons, training and giving close air support to the opposition in the battle to oust Moammar Gadhafi. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said at a news conference in the rebels' stronghold of Benghazi in eastern Libya that he did not believe U.S. ground troops are in order.
  • McCain Calls for More Military Support to Anti-Qaddafi Forces During Libya Visit

    04/22/2011 10:32:34 AM PDT · by NWFLConservative · 22 replies
    Fox ^ | 4/22/11 | Fox
    BENGHAZI, Libya -- The Libyan rebels fighting Muammar Qaddafi's forces are getting a shout out from U.S. Sen. John McCain, who is calling for increased military support, including providing weapons, training and giving close air support to the opposition on the battlefield. The Arizona Republican senator said at a news conference Friday in the rebels' stronghold in eastern Libya that all nations should recognize the opposition's Transitional National Council as the legitimate voice of the Libyan people. He said nations need to provide the council with "every appropriate means of assistance," including "command and control support, battlefield intelligence, training and...
  • Wolfowitz: Obama slowness on Libya is 'a devastating image'

    02/26/2011 5:16:20 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 32 replies
    Wolfowitz: Obama slowness on Libya is 'a devastating image' By Bridget Johnson - 02/26/11 04:45 PM ET Former deputy secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz said he's been "mystified" at how the White House has handled the bloody crisis in Libya. "We've been just way too slow," Wolfowitz said in an interview airing Sunday on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS." "And that slowness, we're going to pay a price for, for a long time. "Al Jazeera, which is no friend to the United States but which has become, with some justification, a hero of these revolutionary movements is taking the -- showing...
  • Justice drops defense of Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz

    02/22/2011 9:44:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 60 replies
    politico ^ | 2/22/11 | JOSH GERSTEIN
    The Justice Department under President Barack Obama has quietly dropped its legal representation of more than a dozen Bush-era Pentagon and administration officials - including former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and aide Paul Wolfowitz - in a lawsuit by Al Qaeda operative Jose Padilla, who spent years behind bars without charges in conditions his lawyers compare to torture. Charles Miller, a Justice Department spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that the government has agreed to retain private lawyers for the officials, at a cost of up to $200 per hour. Miller said “conflicts concerns” prompted the decision. He did not elaborate. One private...
  • Once-barred Muslim scholar arrives in NY for forum ( Tariq Ramadan )

    04/07/2010 7:40:38 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies · 501+ views
    trib ^ | April 7, 2010 | LARRY NEUMEISTER ,
    A prominent Muslim scholar banned from the United States for six years returned Wednesday for visits to four cities... "In the name of your fear or mistrust of Muslim-majority countries, you may end up betraying your own values," Tariq Ramadan ... Ramadan said he was happy to be in the U.S. ...to speak on a panel Thursday at The Cooper Union college. "My name has been cleared," he said. The 47-year-old professor at Oxford University in England was permitted to return to the United States after Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in January signed orders enabling re-entry for him...
  • Think Again: Realism (Wolfowitz on Obama Foreign Policy)

    08/28/2009 1:25:56 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 3 replies · 830+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | AUGUST 24, 2009 | Paul Wolfowitz
    "We're All Realists Now." No. Pragmatists maybe, but not "realists." Barack Obama's election as U.S. president delighted many people, especially the self-described foreign-policy "realists" who accused his predecessor, George W. Bush, of denying reality in favor of dangerous idealism. Obama has praised the realpolitik of Bush's father, George H.W. Bush. And a White House official recently told the Wall Street Journal, "[Obama] has really kind of clicked with that old-school, end-of-the-Cold-War wise-men generation." The elder Bush's national security advisor, Brent Scowcroft, called Obama's election a rejection of the younger Bush "in favor of realism." Of course foreign policy should be...
  • 'No Comment' Is Not an Option

    06/19/2009 7:51:33 PM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 47 replies · 1,309+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 6/19/09 | Paul Wolfowitz
    President Obama's first response to the protests in Iran was silence, followed by a cautious, almost neutral stance designed to avoid "meddling" in Iranian affairs. I am reminded of Ronald Reagan's initially neutral response to the crisis following the Philippine election of 1986, and of George H.W. Bush's initially neutral response to the attempted coup against Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991. Both Reagan and Bush were able to abandon their mistaken neutrality in time to make a difference. It's not too late for Obama to do the same.
  • Jack Straw denies he and Powell 'wobbled' over the Iraqi WMD

    05/31/2003 5:44:19 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 2 replies · 218+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 06/01/03 | David Bamber
    The Foreign Office mounted a fightback yesterday against allegations that Jack Straw and Colin Powell had expressed serious doubts about whether Baghdad possessed weapons of mass destruction before the start of the Iraq war. As Tony Blair faced allegations from a former Cabinet colleague that he had "duped" the British people over Saddam Hussein's weapons capabilities, the Foreign Office issued a detailed rebuttal of allegations, made in the Guardian newspaper, that were seized on by news media around the world. The paper said Mr Straw, the Foreign Secretary, and Mr Powell, his United States counterpart, had privately expressed serious doubts...
  • Paul Wolfowitz: Obama and the Freedom Agenda

    06/03/2009 2:12:00 AM PDT · by Puzzleman · 5 replies · 400+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 3, 2009 | Paul Wolfowitz
    President Barack Obama faces great challenges when he speaks to the Muslim world tomorrow from Cairo. He must counter some of the myths and outright falsehoods about the United States that are commonly believed in many parts of the Muslim world, and he needs to present his audience with some inconvenient truths. But he also has an opportunity, based in no small part on his own remarkable career, to make the case that the political principles and values that are sometimes mistakenly labeled as "Western" are appropriate for the Muslim world...
  • Iraq War Architects Shrug Off Truth

    05/02/2008 5:54:41 PM PDT · by rmlew · 23 replies · 186+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2008 | Diana West
    So there I was, listening to a few of the major "architects" of the war in Iraq -- Paul Wolfowitz, formerly No. 2 man at the Pentagon under Donald Rumsfeld; Douglas J. Feith, formerly No. 3 man at the Pentagon under Rumsfeld; Peter Rodman, another former senior adviser to Rumsfeld; and Dan Senor, former senior adviser to Paul Bremer of the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). They had assembled at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C., for a discussion of Feith's new book, "War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism," but what they were...
  • Former World Bank Chief Wolfowitz to Head Arms Control Panel

    01/24/2008 7:17:02 PM PST · by jdm · 4 replies · 60+ views
    AP/FOX News ^ | Jan. 24, 2008 | Staff
    WASHINGTON —  The State Department will name former World Bank chief Paul Wolfowitz to head a high-level advisory panel on arms control and disarmament, The Associated Press has learned. The move by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice marks a return to government for Wolfowitz, a conservative with close ties to the White House. Wolfowitz was replaced as World Bank chief in June after a stormy-two-year tenure. His leadership was undermined by a furor over a hefty compensation package he arranged in 2005 for a bank employee who was also his girlfriend. Wolfowitz will become chairman of the International Security Advisory Board,...
  • “This Is the FBI—Can We Talk?”

    01/18/2008 9:46:34 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 49 replies · 1,003+ views
    Washingtonian ^ | 01. Jan 2008 | Mark Matthews
    Keith Weissman and Steven Rosen Are PhDs and Middle East Experts Who Did Some Lobbying. They Thought They Were Doing What Washington Insiders Always Do. Thomas O’Donnell didn’t reveal his job when he phoned Keith Weissman in 2004 and got the policy analyst’s wife. He says he didn’t want to scare her. When Weissman returned the call and found out O’Donnell was an FBI agent, his first reaction was to attempt a joke: “What did I do?” “I’m sure you didn’t do anything,” O’Donnell told him. He wanted to meet that day, for five or ten minutes, and get Weissman’s...
  • World Bank slams corruption in aided Indian healthcare projects

    01/12/2008 10:36:53 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 5 replies · 264+ views
    AFP via Google ^ | January 12, 2008 | AFP
    World Bank slams corruption in aided Indian healthcare projects NEW DELHI (AFP) — The World Bank has exposed serious fraud in Indian healthcare programmes it has funded and said New Delhi had agreed to help stamp out corruption, officials said Saturday. Serious lapses in auditing, malpractice and corruption were found in five healthcare programmes launched between 1997 and 2003, it said, adding that the projects were jointly funded by donors, India and the World Bank. A "detailed implementation review launched by the World Bank and the Indian government in 2006 found serious incidents of fraud and corruption in the five...
  • An Old Face Resurfaces [Wolfowitz Back in Govt.?]

    12/02/2007 12:52:08 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 11 replies · 144+ views
    NEWSWEEK ^ | Dec 10, 2007 Issue | Michael Isikoff
    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...
  • World Bank Corruption

    09/03/2007 9:12:04 PM PDT · by gpapa · 5 replies · 650+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | September 4, 2007 | Editorial Staff
    Having knocked off Paul Wolfowitz as president, the forces of the status quo at the World Bank now have another target in their destructive sights: The corruption fighters at the bank's Department of Institutional Integrity. New President Robert Zoellick will soon have decisions to make. As we reported at the time, the fight over Mr. Wolfowitz had little to do with his girlfriend and everything to do with his anti-corruption efforts. That truth is now coming into sharper relief, as a showdown looms over a series of reports about, and by, the bank's anti-corruption unit. Senior bank officials are especially...
  • Exclusive Book Excerpt: 'Sabotage' Part 1 -- The CIA goes to war with the Pentagon

    07/16/2007 6:44:59 AM PDT · by Jimmy Valentine's brother · 33 replies · 1,370+ views
    examiner.com ^ | Jul 16, 2007 | Rowan Scarborough,
    Washington, D.C. - Michael Maloof was back in the game. He and another Pentagon aide, David Wurmser, drove the short distance from the Pentagon to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va. It was early October, a good season in Washington, but Maloof’s nerves were on edge during the scenic ride along the tree-lined George Washington Parkway. snip Maloof was a legend within the Pentagon circle that tracked arms proliferation. His office was obscure, but it performed a crucial national security function. snip The Pentagon wanted years of intelligence reporting on al Qaeda, Iraq, Iran and other potential targets in the war...
  • World Bank board to mame next president

    06/25/2007 5:15:30 AM PDT · by period end of story · 14 replies · 448+ views
    AP ^ | June 25, 2007 | Jeannine Aversa
    WASHINGTON - Robert Zoellick, President Bush's former trade chief and No. 2 diplomat, appeared certain to win approval as the World Bank's next president. The World Bank's 24-member board scheduled a closed-door meeting Monday to take up Zoellick's nomination, which was put forward by Bush. No other countries nominated candidates. Zoellick would succeed Paul Wolfowitz, who will step down on June 30, ending a stormy two-year tenure at the poverty-fighting institution. Wolfowitz courted controversy from the start because of his role in the Iraq war when he was deputy defense secretary. However, it was his role in arranging a hefty...
  • Bush showed spine in naming Zoellick

    06/06/2007 4:42:32 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 3 replies · 636+ views
    The Times (U.K.) ^ | 06/07/07 | Irwin Stelzer
    Some good may yet come from the successful putsch by the staff of the World Bank against Paul Wolfowitz. A great deal of good, in fact. Not that we should cheer the ability of an overpaid staff, besotted with anti-war fervour, to zap its president, first by urging him to resolve personally the conflict created by his girlfriend’s employment at the bank, and then by attacking him for doing just that. But this cloud has more than one silver lining. The first is that it finally made President Bush realise that he has been too attentive to those who advise...
  • Editorial-Jimmy Carter IS the Worst President Ever-He Can't Give the Title Away

    05/30/2007 4:59:07 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 3 replies · 356+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 5/30/07 | Pat Fish
    We've ranted, raved and in general made a nuisance of ourselves over ex-President Jimmy Carter but allow me one more rant. Because this benchmark for how not to govern actually accuses Bush of being the worst President ever! A title he holds solidly and only Saddamn himself could take it away. Plus Hillary books tell us of more scandal that we should elect this witch to lead us and an intriguing update on the Wolfowitz story plus a pic of the woman behind it all.
  • Wolfowitz says "overheated" row forced him to quit

    05/28/2007 9:19:49 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 2 replies · 310+ views
    Swissinfo ^ | May 28 2007 | Reuters
    LONDON (Reuters) - The former head of the World Bank Paul Wolfowitz, who resigned in a row about his companion's promotion, said on Monday he had been forced to quit because emotions at the organisation had become "overheated". In a BBC interview, Wolfowitz defended his record as the bank's president, saying he was proud of what he had achieved during his two years in the job. Wolfowitz, resigned on May 17 but had fought hard up to the last hour to clear his name of any charges of misconduct after a bank panel found he broke several bank rules by...
  • Wolfowitz Successor List Emerges

    05/24/2007 11:24:54 AM PDT · by BornInASmallTown · 5 replies · 558+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/24/07 | Greg Hitt
    WASHINGTON -- The White House is starting to draw up a list of potential nominees to lead the World Bank, and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, a heart surgeon who has traveled widely in Africa, is getting especially close scrutiny for the job. Also receiving long looks are Treasury Deputy Secretary Robert Kimmitt and Robert Zoellick, the former U.S. trade representative now working at Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to individuals familiar with White House deliberations.
  • Wolfowitz and Gal Pal Split Up

    05/23/2007 9:58:06 AM PDT · by mngran · 79 replies · 2,288+ views
    New York Post ^ | May 23, 2007 | Richard Johnson
    PAUL Wolfowitz has really had a bad couple of weeks. He not only lost his job, he lost his girlfriend, too. Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq war, was pushed out as president of the World Bank over a controversial pay and promotion package he arranged for his brunette girlfriend, Shaha Ali Riza. Sources say Riza, a brilliant feminist with a promising diplomatic career, was upset by all the publicity and the implication that she was getting ahead with the help of a powerful man. "She was furious about the embarrassment," said one source. Last week, Wolfowitz bowed...
  • World Bankrupt

    05/22/2007 7:13:51 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 10 replies · 706+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | 22 May 2007 | Staff
    Multilaterals: If there's one lesson to be learned from the exit of World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, it's that the World Bank needs reform even more than do its Third World customers. Wolfowitz focused much attention on the World Bank's clients, talking up poverty eradication, corruption-control and forging ties with more reform-minded leaders on the African and Asian continents. These things all sound nice in the press but they have little to do with banking. In that, Wolfowitz was remarkably short on reforming how the Bank itself works. As he leaves, it remains a bloated, entrenched bureaucracy defending its privileges...
  • Editorials on Wolfowitz and the World Bank plus That Joke of an Immigration Bill

    05/21/2007 5:38:53 AM PDT · by Fishtalk · 275+ views
    The Kaitlyn Mae Book Blog ^ | 5/21/07 | Pat Fish
    It's the sort of story that causes me puzzlement. So I read up on Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank Mess. Goodness, why is Dubya throwing him under the bus? Why does the World Bank get to continue it's blatant corruption? And some thoughts on the Senate's immigration bill. Again, folks, they pee upon our feet and tell us it's raining.
  • World Bank's Former Top Lawyer Says Wolfowitz Spurned His Legal Advice

    05/20/2007 10:21:48 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 7 replies · 765+ views
    Law.com ^ | 21 May 2007 | David Hechler
    Did Paul Wolfowitz lose his job as president of The World Bank Group because he didn't listen to its top lawyer? Roberto Dañino, the bank's former general counsel, thinks so. Dañino says that Wolfowitz prevented him from reviewing an employment contract for the president's girlfriend that was more lavish than what the bank's ethics committee had actually approved. Had he seen the contract, Dañino says, he would have sent it back for revision, and Wolfowitz might have held onto his job. "I tell my children all the time: When you make a mistake, it's not so much the mistake you...
  • Wolfowitz architect of his own collapse

    05/20/2007 11:40:12 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 27 replies · 892+ views
    Los Angeles Times, via Nashua Telegraph ^ | 20 May 2007 | Lawrence Wilkerson
    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...
  • (May 09, 2003) Interview with Paul Wolfowitz (U.S. Bases in Saudi Arabia Encourage Al Qaeda)

    05/20/2007 9:05:34 AM PDT · by Captain Kirk · 42 replies · 882+ views
    There are a lot of things that are different now [that the U.S. occupies Iraq], and one that has gone by almost unnoticed – but it’s huge – is that … we can now remove almost all of our forces from Saudi Arabia. Their presence there over the last 12 years has been a source of enormous difficulty for a friendly government. It’s been a huge recruiting device for al Qaeda. “In fact if you look at bin Laden, one of his principle grievances was the presence of so-called crusader forces on the holy land, Mecca and Medina. I think...
  • Wolfowitz had it right

    05/20/2007 5:43:18 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 6 replies · 695+ views
    National Post ^ | May 20 2007
    In the end, it was hoping for too much to imagine that Paul Wolfowitz would get a fair shake at the World Bank. For better or worse, the former U.S. deputy secretary of defence and "architect" of the Iraq war is one of the world's most widely loathed individuals outside the Fifty States. It should have been apparent to the Bush administration that such a polarizing appointee would be savaged by the forces of European institutional inertia and featherbedding upon the slightest pretext. But we would hate for anyone to hear us defending Mr. Wolfowitz and say, "There goes the...
  • Crying Wolfowitz

    05/19/2007 11:28:28 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 2 replies · 501+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 19 may 07 | Claudia Rosett
    For two of Paul Wolfowitz's most prominent critics, Mark Malloch Brown and Ad Melkert, the war over the World Bank presidency could not have come at a better time. Whatever else the ousting of Wolfowitz has achieved, it has done plenty to distract from the North Korea Cash-for-Kim scandal that just four months ago was threatening to engulf the United Nations agency piloted for the past eight years first by Malloch Brown and now largely by Melkert. That agency is the U.N. Development Program, or UNDP, and especially in light of the U.N. system's sudden interest in ethics, it deserves...
  • Cryint Wolfowitz

    05/19/2007 8:35:35 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 2 replies · 427+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/28/07 | Claudia Rosset
    For two of Paul Wolfowitz's most prominent critics, Mark Malloch Brown and Ad Melkert, the war over the World Bank presidency could not have come at a better time. Whatever else the ousting of Wolfowitz has achieved, it has done plenty to distract from the North Korea Cash-for-Kim scandal that just four months ago was threatening to engulf the United Nations agency piloted for the past eight years first by Malloch Brown and now largely by Melkert. That agency is the U.N. Development Program, or UNDP, and especially in light of the U.N. system's sudden interest in ethics, it deserves...
  • Dedicated servant of humanity falls victim to a political witch-hunt

    05/18/2007 6:51:30 PM PDT · by Fred Nerks · 11 replies · 513+ views
    The Australian newspaper ^ | May 19, 2007 | Greg Sheridan
    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...
  • Blair tipped to be World Bank president as disgraced Wolfowitz resigns

    05/18/2007 8:50:09 AM PDT · by HarmlessLovableFuzzball · 13 replies · 765+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 5/18/2007 | James Chapman
    Tony Blair may be asked to head the World Bank after its president quit in a sleaze row. One of America’s top economists today revealed that the retiring prime minister is being considered as a replacement for disgraced Paul Wolfowitz. Nobel prize-winner Joe Stiglitz, a former senior vice president at the World Bank, said: "He is one of the people that is clearly being discussed." Mr Blair is expected to cash in on his international contacts after quitting Downing Street on 27 June and his agent said he would quit as an MP if "a big international job" came up....
  • Washington Insider's Tenure Was Uneasy (WP lets its anti semitism show against Wolfowitz)

    05/17/2007 7:53:15 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 11 replies · 508+ views
    Washington Post ^ | May 18, 2007 | Karen DeYoung
    As he prepared to assume the World Bank presidency in the spring of 2005, Paul D. Wolfowitz reached out to the bank's skeptical senior managers. In informal meetings, he took copious notes and asked respectful questions. He knew they had doubts about him, Wolfowitz said, not least because of his role in designing the Iraq war. But he told them that he was committed to the bank's goal of reducing world poverty, that he would learn from them and rely on their guidance. According to several attendees, they were won over by his humility. "I went back and reported to...
  • An outsider's fate (UN gets another Jooo)

    05/17/2007 6:46:05 PM PDT · by lonestar67 · 358+ views
    Economist ^ | May 17, 2007
    Perhaps his fate was inevitable. “Could ‘the architect of Iraq’ ever be accepted by staff?” John Briscoe, the bank's country director for Brazil, asked in a recent letter to his colleagues. “The answer is probably no.” A poll by the Staff Association showed 92% opposed his appointment. That suggested “an organised hostility” from the bank's cadres that would always be hard to overcome, Mr Briscoe argues.
  • Wolfowitz to Resign -- Effective June 30..

    05/17/2007 3:14:10 PM PDT · by yoely · 137 replies · 5,490+ views
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  • Wolfowitz said to be quitting World Bank (Confirmed by Brit Hume on Fox)

    05/17/2007 3:16:19 PM PDT · by Anti-Bubba182 · 9 replies · 670+ views
    Eagle.com ^ | 5-17-08 | Staff
    WASHINGTON - Embattled World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz is negotiating an agreement to resign, according to an official familiar with the talks. His departure would include an acknowledgment from the bank that he doesn't bear sole responsibility for the controversy surrounding a generous pay package for his girlfriend, the official said. The negotiations were taking place as the bank's board resumed deliberations over Wolfowitz's fate Wednesday afternoon. The official said Wolfowitz wanted the bank to accept some responsibility for conflicts of interest cited against him by a special bank panel. It was not clear whether the bank's 24-member board would...
  • World Bank Scholar

    05/17/2007 1:16:01 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 4 replies · 1,005+ views
    WSJ / OpinionJournal ^ | May 17, 2007 | Bret Stephens
    World Bank Scholar Paul Wolfowitz's judges may have ethical issues of their own. BY BRET STEPHENS Thursday, May 17, 2007 12:01 a.m. In the winter of 2006 an email was sent to the investigations hotline of the World Bank's Department of Institutional Integrity, or INT. Its subject was the "Hypocrisy of ED Tom Scholar." "Please know," read the text of the email written by a bank employee, "that UK ED Tom Scholar is continuing an affair with [a bank employee]. This woman has been given preferential treatment in [the department] because of her relationship with this powerful ED, this affair...
  • Wolfowitz will not resign from World Bank: lawyer

    05/16/2007 4:09:08 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 25 replies · 1,018+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2007
    World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz will not resign under the current "cloud" and would rather push the matter to a vote of the bank's board to clear his name, his lawyer said on Wednesday. "Mr. Wolfowitz will not resign under this cloud and he will rather put this matter to a full vote," Wolfowitz's lawyer, Robert Bennett, told Reuters.
  • Wolfowitz affair sparks rift in Bush team [Pop Quiz]

    05/16/2007 3:35:23 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 22 replies · 726+ views
    Financial Times ^ | May 16 2007 | Edward Luce
    For the past few weeks the Bush administration has been bitterly divided over the best way to respond to growing calls for Paul Wolfowitz’s resignation as World Bank president, according to people who have attended the White House meetings. On Tuesday, Tony Snow, the White House spokesman, signalled an apparent change in the White House’s previously firm backing for Mr Wolfowitz when he said “all options are on the table”. But according to the White House insiders, one of those options still included Mr Wolfowitz staying on. The Bush administration is divided into three camps, which have very rarely seen...
  • World Bank board negotiating Wolfowitz exit [Done Deal]

    05/16/2007 1:26:18 PM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 40 replies · 867+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 16, 2007 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) - The World Bank's board is negotiating details of Paul Wolfowitz's exit as bank president, board sources said on Wednesday following pressure by European countries over his handling of a promotion for his companion. "They have resumed the meeting and are finalizing a deal," one of the board sources told Reuters after an adjournment of a board meeting earlier at the request of the United States. The board sources from developed and developing countries said details of a package, including financial compensation, were being discussed with Wolfowitz's lawyer. Under a contract he signed in 2005 when...
  • Incompetence At The Top

    05/16/2007 5:56:56 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 14 replies · 659+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 16 May 2007 | Editorial
    IN ANY normal work situation, World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz might have been shown the door a long time ago. Imagine if a review panel had come to the following conclusions about your job performance: -- You had displayed "questionable judgment and a preoccupation with self-interest over institutional best interest." -- You saw yourself "as the outsider to whom the established rules and standards did not apply." -- Your actions "had had a dramatic negative impact on the reputation and credibility" of your employer. -- You had displayed "a lack of understanding and disregard for the interests of the institution."...
  • Defiant Wolfowitz appeals to board over his job

    05/15/2007 11:06:15 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 9 replies · 588+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed May 16, 2007 12:40AM EDT (non mecca time) | Lesley Wroughton
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Wolfowitz made an emotional appeal to stay on as World Bank president in a last pitch before the bank's board decides whether he has the credibility to lead the poverty-fighting institution. The U.S. government failed to rally support among its key allies for a strategy aimed at saving Wolfowitz his job, even as a bank panel found that he violated ethics rules. Wolfowitz remained defiant as he appeared before the 24-nation board, which will resume a meeting on Wednesday to decide his fate in a scandal over a pay and promotion deal he approved in 2005...
  • White House: Options open on Wolfowitz

    05/15/2007 8:08:38 PM PDT · by freedomdefender · 3 replies · 590+ views
    AP ^ | May 15 2007 | AP
    The White House, shifting its stance, said Tuesday that "all options are on the table" about who should lead the World Bank, even as it defended embattled President Paul Wolfowitz. ..."We have faith in Paul Wolfowitz," White House spokesman Tony Snow said. He insisted that the charges against Wolfowitz are not "a firing offense." Only after the charges against Wolfowitz are resolved, he said, would it then be appropriate to consider the bank's leadership going forward. "Separately, at some point in the future there are going to be conversations about the proper stewardship of the World Bank," Snow said. "In...
  • Angry Wolfowitz in four-letter tirade [old news]

    05/15/2007 3:10:50 PM PDT · by Enchante · 4 replies · 592+ views
    al-Guardian ^ | May 15, 2007 | Richard Adams
    The angry comments attributed to Mr Wolfowitz came from damning testimony by Xavier Coll, head of human resources at the bank, who provided investigators with his notes of a meeting with Mr Wolfowitz last year. The notes directly contradict Mr Wolfowitz's assertions that the details of Ms Riza's treatment were properly shared with senior bank officials. In March last year, when a mention of Ms Riza's secondment outside the bank to avoid rules about partners was first published in the magazine US News & World Report, an angry Mr Wolfowitz accused Mr Coll of leaking the information. According to Mr...
  • What Wolfowitz did wrong

    05/15/2007 6:03:50 AM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 48 replies · 1,274+ views
    The Times [UK] ^ | 15 May 2007 | Sam Knight
    What actually happened in the summer of 2005 has now been mostly obscured under the lobbying and partisanship that has buffetted Paul Wolfowitz and his presidency of the World Bank in recent weeks. But yesterday's report by a panel of seven World Bank executives, the so-called "Ad Hoc Group", claimed to present a version of events that was based on "a strong and largely undisputed documentary record". Its conclusions were as follows: He violated the code of conduct The code of conduct for board officials at the World Bank requires members to "avoid any conflict of interest, real or apparent"....
  • The Attempted Putsch at the World Bank

    05/14/2007 11:29:49 PM PDT · by the Real fifi · 9 replies · 535+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | 5/15/05 | Clarice Feldman
    Late yesterday afternoon, without prior notice to Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank's Executive Committee released the Final Report of the Ad Hoc Group on his handling of personnel issues affecting his companion Shaha Riza. It is a highly damaging, utterly biased account of the events and the nature of the release-designed to give his detractors first crack at the news while handicapping him in his capacity to respond. Yet it is par for the course in a matter which has been characterized by false accusations, unfair treatment and selected manipulation of the press by those members of the Bank and...
  • World Bank Jobbery: More evidence the Wolfowitz accusers chose to ignore.

    05/14/2007 10:09:53 PM PDT · by gpapa · 4 replies · 573+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | May 15, 2007 | Opinion Journal Staff
    The World Bank board meets today to consider the fate of President Paul Wolfowitz, and the truth is that the verdict may already be in. The board will consider the report of an investigating committee dominated by the same European nations that have been orchestrating the media campaign to depose him. As almost daily newspaper leaks have disclosed for weeks--in violation of bank rules--the committee concludes that Mr. Wolfowitz violated bank rules in awarding a promotion and salary increase for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza. We've previously reported on the World Bank documents that make it clear this was at worst...
  • Banking on Obsolete Statism

    05/12/2007 1:57:13 AM PDT · by CutePuppy · 423+ views
    WSJ Commentary ^ | May 10, 2007 | George F. Will
    WASHINGTON -- The kerfuffle over whether Paul Wolfowitz, the World Bank's president, behaved badly regarding the contract for his companion to facilitate her departure from the bank involves no large issue. The bank's existence does. The bank's rationale, never strong, has evaporated. Born in 1944, at the apogee of confidence in governments and international governmental organizations, the bank's mission is "to fight poverty with passion and professionalism." The great prerequisite for curing poverty is, however, economic growth, and the world has learned that the prerequisite for growth is free markets allocating private capital to efficient uses. Much of what recipient...