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First Iraq, then the WORLD ! ! Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha!

It's getting dense and deep out there in the world of corporate media.

Here's the spin on why Paul Wolfowitz should go from planning the Iraq invasion out of the White House "War Room" to heading up the World Bank --

"Wolfowitz has devoted his career to advancing the cause of freedom. He is a person of compassion who believes deeply that lifting people out of poverty is critical to achieving that goal." [President Bush]
Bush has nominated Paul Wolfowitz to replace James Wolfensohn as president of the World Bank.

Looks like one "wolf" after another. (Nothing against real wolves intended.)

Wolfowitz, of course, is best known as the architect of the Bush doctrine of "pre-emptive strike" -- what used to be known as "illegal aggression."

This news is skeptically regarded in Europe, where Wolfowitz is considered as the architect of the Iraq war -- which is regarded as a BIG MISTAKE and an on-going DISASTER. (Where do they get those wierd ideas?)

France, in particular, is at the point of despair about the U.S. -- although they don't want to end the Franco-American alliance that goes back to the American Revolution.

French President Jacques Chirac said Paris would examine the nomination "in the spirit of friendship" with the United States.

Bush is trying hard for his buddy Wolfowitz.

"Paul Wolfowitz is a proven leader and experienced diplomat, who will guide the World Bank effectively and honorably during a critical time in history -- both for the Bank and the developing nations it supports," Bush said.

"He has devoted his career to advancing the cause of freedom. He is a person of compassion who believes deeply that lifting people out of poverty is critical to achieving that goal," he said.

From Agence France Presse report (via Yahoo News) --

 http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&ncid=1504&e=7&u=/afp/20050316/pl_afp/usworldbankwolfowitz
Top 10 Reasons Why Paul Wolfowitz Would Make a Good World Bank President 16.Mar.2005 18:33

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Top 10 Reasons Why Paul Wolfowitz Would Make a Good World Bank President

By John Cavanagh

1. He would follow in the great tradition of World Bank president Robert McNamara, who also helped kill tens of thousands of people in a poor country most Americans couldn't find on a map before getting the job.

2. It helps to be a good liar when you run an institution with employees who earn over $100,000 a year to pretend to help billions of people who live on less than $1 a day.

3. With all his experience helping U.S. companies grab Iraq 's oil profits, he's got just the right experience for doling out lucrative World Bank contracts to U.S. businesses.

4. After predecessor James Wolfensohn blew millions of dollars on "consultations" with citizen groups to give the appearance of openness, Wolfowitz's tough-guy style is just what's needed to rid the World Bank of those irritating activists.

5. Unlike former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, another one of the four leading candidates, at least Wolfowitz hasn't failed at running a Fortune 500 company.

6. Unlike the Treasury Department's John Taylor, another leading candidate, at least Wolfowitz doesn't want to get rid of the institution he would head.

7. While earning a University of Chicago Ph.D. , he was exposed to the tenets of market fundamentalism that have reigned at the World Bank for decades.

8. He has experience in constructing echo chambers where only the advice he wants to hear is spoken.

9. He knows some efficient private contractors who build echo chambers for only a few hundred billion dollars (cost plus, of course).

10. He can develop a pre-emptive poverty doctrine where the World Bank could invade countries that fail to make themselves safe for U.S. business, modeled on the U.S. pre-emptive war doctrine he helped craft.

John Cavanagh is the director of Institute for Policy Studies. For more information about contenders for the World Bank's presidency, visit  http://www.worldbankpresident.org