May 18, 2007


A ‘Second Chance’ at Career Goes Sour (STEVEN R. WEISMAN, 5/18/07, NY Times)

Paul D. Wolfowitz was ready to move on from the Pentagon in early 2005. He had been thwarted in his effort to become defense secretary or national security adviser. And the war in Iraq had deteriorated. So when the World Bank presidency came open, he jumped at the opportunity.

It offered him a “second chance” to redeem his reputation and realize his ambitions, says a friend who has known him for decades.

Months later, another friend ran into the new bank president and asked how he was enjoying the job. Mr. Wolfowitz unleashed a torrent of bitter complaints about the bank’s bureaucracy, saying it was the worst he had ever seen — worse than at the Pentagon.

Now, as friends and critics sort through the wreckage of Mr. Wolfowitz’s bank career, they wonder if it was doomed from the outset. Supporters say he arrived at the bank, a citadel of liberalism, from a four-year stint at the Pentagon, where he was an early champion of going to war with Iraq and left bearing its stigma. He was determined to shake up the status quo by rooting out what he saw as corruption and waste, and demanding measurable results from the bank’s many aid programs.

“The bank leadership didn’t like Paul challenging their assumptions,” said Robert B. Holland III, a Texas businessman who represented the Bush administration on the bank board until last year. “They have all been there a long time, and they are used to promoting each other’s interests and scratching each other’s back.”

Represented the Bush administration? Not America?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2007 8:57 AM

Hmm. Actually, it is a Jewish money changer who seems to be doing what appears to add up to trying to take over the world...

Posted by: Gerald at May 18, 2007 9:45 AM

The Sunni mafia ... principally, but not exclusively, the Saudis ... wanted both Wolfie and his lady friend out of there. They got themselves a two-fer. I hope they pay for it.

Posted by: ghostcat at May 18, 2007 1:22 PM

“They have all been there a long time, and they are used to promoting each other’s interests and scratching each other’s back.”

Sounds like our Congress.

Posted by: ic at May 18, 2007 1:25 PM

It had nothing to do with Arabs.

Posted by: oj at May 18, 2007 3:15 PM

Ok, then : Sunni agents in Eurabia.

Posted by: ghostcat at May 18, 2007 3:24 PM

Corruption at multi-national organizations always gets back to Arab money, Europe, and anti-Semitism.

Posted by: ratbert at May 18, 2007 5:30 PM

European bureaucrats are anti-Semitic without any help from the Arabs, in fact, the Arabs got it from them.

Posted by: oj at May 18, 2007 6:23 PM

In 650 AD?

Posted by: ratbert at May 18, 2007 7:26 PM

Some say he was a target of George Soros and Mark Malloch Brown, the big defender of Kofi Annan's corrupt and anti-American UN. Brown supposedly rents a house from Soros.

Posted by: PapayaSF at May 19, 2007 12:03 AM

Bush should force the Bank to take some hard medicine and appoint someone like Mary White (former US Atty, NY) as President. Or John Ashcroft. And Papaya is right - slimy Mark Malloch Brown is involved. He and Kofi should be in jail for what they did at the UN.

Time for some payback. Wolfowitz (and the Bank's ostensible customers - the world's poor) deserves better.

Posted by: ratbert at May 19, 2007 2:25 AM

I heard Paul Volker's name bandied about. The left certainly gets a lot of mileage out of their icons.

Posted by: erp at May 20, 2007 4:00 PM