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03/17/2005

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Chris Garner

Condi as SecDef? Ye gods, that WOULD be unsuitable, though handing that portfolio to a Cold War throwback seems par for the course...

However, do you really think that Wolfowitz "must know" that he's a failure? He's shown no more public contrition, admitted no more guilt or shame, than any other member of the neo-con junta. In fact, if one takes the cynical view that the neo-cons' aim is to project American might abroad in support of petro-military-industrial complex that feeds their coffers, with no concern for the cost in American (or Iraqi) blood, treasure, and political stability, is not the Iraqi adventure, then, a resounding success?

Kingdaddy

I meant, "Secretary of State." Man, do I need an editor some days. Thanks, Chris.

If I were Wolfowitz, I'd see the World Bank job as a bit of a bum's rush into a non-job, in the worldview of the Bush Administration. He's definitely out of the loop of national security decision-making, overseeing an aspect of foreign aid--not exactly the Bush crowd's top priority in foreign policy. But who knows what happened behind the scenes. Maybe Wolfowitz wanted out. Maybe he wanted to spend more time with his family. Or more time playing Risk.

Aikibrewer

Interestingly, even Bush himself seemed unable to adequately explain it, as seen from the clip of his press conference on last night's Daily Show:

Q. Paul Wolfowitz, who was the -- a chief architect of one of the most unpopular wars in our history --

THE PRESIDENT: (Laughter.) That's an interesting start. (Laughter.)

Q -- is your choice to be the President of the World Bank. What kind of signal does that send to the rest of the world?

THE PRESIDENT: [...] I've said he's a man of good experiences. He helped manage a large organization. The World Bank is a large organization; the Pentagon is a large organization -- he's been involved in the management of that organization. He's a skilled diplomat, worked at the State Department in high positions. He was Ambassador to Indonesia where he did a very good job representing our country. And Paul is committed to development. He's a compassionate, decent man who will do a fine job in the World Bank.

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And Paul is committed to development. He's a compassionate, decent man who will do a fine job in the World Bank.

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