Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Go on, shoo! Come back in year of porcupine—which is never!
Bush recommends Wolfowitz for World Bank
BY JEANNINE AVERSA
AP Economics Writer
Published March 16, 2005, 10:49 AM CST
WASHINGTON -- President Bush on Wednesday tapped Defense Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who has been a lightning rod for criticism of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and other defense policies, to take over as head of the World Bank.
Bush told a news conference that Wolfowitz, now Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's top deputy, was "a compassionate, decent man who will do a fine job at the World Bank. That's why I put him up."
William Cohen, who was secretary of defense during the Clinton administration, praised Wolfowitz.
"He has a keen understanding of the tides and trends that have shaped our world since the end of the Cold War," Cohen said, "and a deep commitment to liberty and improving the quality of life for suffering people."
The Bush administration has been pushing for major reforms in how the World Bank operates, especially interested in having the development bank dole out aid in the forms of grants, which don't have to be repaid, rather than loans.
On the one hand, once more, Bush is spitting in the faces of the forces of internationalism and the spirit of goodness, honesty, and justice. I'm no fan of Wolfowitz, as the face of the Iraq debacle and one of the main inside movers in the conspiracy to lie to the American people about what our real motives were for invading Iraq. Knowing what we've always known about the treachery that was the OSP (Office for Special Plans in the Dept. of Defense) should be enough to have permanently discredited (by which I mean "condemned to hell") every single person associated with that department, from Rumsfeld on down.
But then again, I'm no big fan of the World Bank either, for reasons I'm happy to go into over a beer.
The good part about it is that it means that his anti-Midas ass could be finally out of the loop of decision makers. If that's the case, then all I can say is "good riddance to bad rubbish." The headline is misleading. It should say: "WOLFOWITZ OUT!!!!!" Ding dong, and all that.
(Hey look! I got through an entire post without mentioning the ridiculousness of a media that can write such a lengthy article, allude to Wolfowitz's controversiality, and yet only have quotes from FANS of the dude! Oh crap, I just mentioned it.)