|Wolf to Tend the Flock at World Bank: Sex, Lies, and High Finance||18590 readings|
|Saturday, 02 April 2005 06:54|
Wolf to Tend the Flock at the World Bank: Sex, Lies, and High Finance
War is peace, occupation and premeditated murder democracy, and loan sharking is compassion for the poor of the ?htrae? (or earth in Bizzaro world). If you believe any of this, I have a bridge to sell you in the Kalahari. - KN
?Reports indicate that Dr. Clare Selgin Wolfowitz separated from Paul because he had an affair with a woman at Johns Hopkins University,? Jackson Thoreau quotes consultant Barry O?Connell, a former Republican and now conservative Democrat, as saying. ?Paul Wolfowitz was Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University. During that time he used his position to prey on woman under his authority.
Shaha Riza, supposedly a feminist, is the acting manager for External Relations and Outreach for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank. Sheesh, talk about sex in the office supply closet. ?Wolfowitz, a married father of three, is said to be so blinded by his relationship with Riza, that influential members of the World Bank believe she played a key role in influencing the Pentagon official to launch the 2003 Iraq war. As his trusted confident, she is said to be one of most influential Muslims in Washington,? reports the Arab News site. ?
You?d think Wolfowitz?s relationship with Riza would get in the way of his newly enshrined duties as mafia don at the World Bank. However, if we know anything about the Strausscons, it is that they get away with bloody murder?literarily, as Iraq and Afghanistan demonstrate?and are above reproach.
In a hilarious article by Ward Harkavy in the Village Voice?where Harkavy makes the obvious comparison between the World According to Bush and Superman?s Bizarro World (I call this Bushzarro world)?we learn that the Straussconized World Bank will likely hand out grants rather then make loans. ?Staff at the World Bank fear Mr. Wolfowitz might push through longstanding U.S. proposals to make it an organization that gives out grants rather than loans,? Harkavy quotes Julian Borger of the Guardian as predicting. ?It?s much easier to politicize grants,? an official told Borger.
?You want to fight terrorism? Then fight suffering. But under Wolfowitz, look for more World Bank money to be poured into, say, Iraq projects brainstormed by the Bush regime?s bidness pals. Not just in Iraq, but anywhere there?s oil and other riches to be plundered,? observes Harkavy.
Anandi Pandya of the Guardian has a bit different take. ?The Bank would now lend money only to states willing to be clients of the US and agree to privatize their non-existent social security systems, schools and water supply, and only big oil companies will benefit,? writes Pandya. ?Being tough may require skills other than the traditional aid and debt relief approach to development, and that may make Wolfowitz dangerous for the status quo. But the status quo is not the only way to remove poverty.? Of course, bombing the bejesus out of third world nations does not ?remove poverty? either.
Out here in the hinterlands, watching all of this unfold, one has to shrug with disbelief. Before the Shaha Riza allegation hit the blogosphere in full force, and people began making comments about the unlikelihood of Wolfie doubling as a babe magnet, we were subjected to other inanities, such as the rather clownish U2 front man Bono pulling for the Wolf as loan shark mafia don. ?Wolfowitz adviser Kevin Kellems told Reuters the deputy U.S. defense secretary initiated ? lengthy conversations with the lead singer of the rock group U2, whose name had been bandied about for the World Bank presidency,? reported CNN Money a week and a half ago. ?An endorsement by Bono, who campaigns extensively for African aid and debt relief, could defuse some of the criticism of Wolfowitz.?
One is struck with amazement how easily people roll over and play dead?in the above case, Europeans who apparently don?t have problems with Wolfowitz managing the World Bank, even after all the nasty things the Strausscons have said about ?old? Europeans. Delusional thinking is the order of the day as Bushzarro world becomes the international norm, at least for the ruling elite.
Roll over George Orwell.
|Last Updated on Saturday, 02 April 2005 06:54|