[Marxism] MiddleEast.Org - Just say 'no' to Wolfowitz
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Sun Mar 20 07:41:06 MST 2005
JUST SAY 'NO'
"Neither George W. Bush nor any American president could
ever say it, but we have to regard Europe now as a nursing
home for exhausted nations. We must look kindly after them,
visit them occasionally and remember their birthdays but...
- Editorial supporting Wolfowitz in Washington Times
_MIDDLEEAST.ORG_ (http://www.middleeast.org/) - MER - Washington - 20 March:
You know George Bush is in trouble at home when a majority of Americans
still don't even find him credible in his plans for Social Security after all
the time and effort the Bushies have put into promoting Wall Streets plans for
the future. You know Bush is in trouble at home when he has to bring out
wife Laura to help him out; even more so as a few days ago when he had to bring
out mother Barbara.
That's on the homefront as attention is continually diverted away from the
international war front where things aren't going very well in Iraq, or with
Iran, or with North Korea, or with the dollar. Lots of fingers in the dikes
these days; leaks everywhere; and catastrophic consequences looming in all
too many places.
When it comes to the world George Bush no doubt watched too many old
Westerns as a kid and Titanic in recent years in the White House Theatre. By all
signs he does seem to think he is "King of the World" as well as on a
mission inspired by Jesus via Billy Graham.
Well let's hope George Bush has just taken his step too far at least when it
comes to the world that far more loaths and fears him than respects him --
and for so many good reasons.
Bush has in fact given the world a chance to put him in his place and to let
America know that its sole superpower status has limits...and will be having
more and more limits in the years ahead.
Saying a loud and vocal NO to Paul Wolfowitz -- leading Neocon, miserably
failed Iraqi war theoretician, architect of deception, patron of Douglas Feith
et. al., as well as long-time Washington Zionist operative -- will send the
needed message. Hence the opportunity.
Simply said, this man Paul Wolfowitz has no business being President of the
'World Bank', no more than John Bolton has of being U.N. Ambassador. They
have both done considerable to shaft and undermine the very institutions they
now want to control.
But the Ambassador slot is one thing, it is a Presidential appointment and
only the supine U.N. Congress can block Bolton; something it surely will not.
The World Bank post on the other hand is something else. There 24 members
of the Board are supposed to be representing 184 member nations of the world
in a specialized U.N. agency admittedly far too much under U.S. control for
far too long already.
So it's time for the World Bank board to do its job and actually represent
the World. And even though this matter of President has always been done by
'consensus' in the past rather than contentiousness, Bush didn't really
consult and sprung Wolfowitz out of the blue, preferring his dictatorial shock and
awe ways to real 'international cooperation'. Hence the opportunity is at
hand as rarely before to tell him NO!
Put another way in view of this pitiful Washington Times editorial supporting
Wolfowitz, it's time for the nursing home crowd to show the wisdom of their
years, put their foot down now and then, and rearrange their wills if need
Actually the nursing home metaphor is way off base. Rather seeing the
Europeans as mature parents who have gone through much growing pain and now have
to deal with an obese, truant, misbehaving, dangerous armed and self-centered
offspring would be closer to the mark.
But let's move on from these simplicities for now.
Now is the right time to take a stand. This Bush opportunity to say NO to
Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank may not be so inviting for so
many, but it is necessary and important.
Washington Times Backs Wolfowitz Defames Europe, France, U.N.
_The nursing home for tired nations_
By Wesley Pruden
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Published March 18, 2005
George W. Bush's message to our European friends is strong and consistent:
You didn't like the choice America made in November, but you have to get over
it. The farmer and the cowboy should be friends, but the cowboy ain't going
The nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to be president of the World Bank,
following the choice of John Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, is more
proof that George W. is determined to govern as if he were a tough-guy
Democrat. He's confident that he knows what he's doing and how to do it.
Modern Republican presidents, governors and senators have usually governed
with a wary eye cast backward, over their shoulders to see if anyone is
applauding, and if so, who, always eager to reassure critics that "Republicans
aren't really as bad as you think we are." Ronald Reagan was entitled to his
caution because he presided over a fragile moment in the American resurgence, but
sometimes it was difficult to tell whether Dwight Eisenhower, Richard Nixon
and even George H.W. Bush really wanted to put the match to a revolution.
George W., on the other hand, understands that if history hangs him for
stealing a goat, he might as well take a sheep. Backlash from Democrats, timid
Republicans and frightened Europeans does not deter him from pressing on with
his campaign to export democracy -- "egalité, fraternité and liberté," as a
lot of dead Frenchmen called it.
The president describes Mr. Wolfowitz, an architect of the Iraq expedition,
as "a compassionate, decent man" with wide experience in managing large
corporations. Indeed, the Pentagon is one of the biggest. Not Wal-Mart, maybe, but
bigger than Renault.
By tradition, the United States chooses the president of the World Bank, and
the Europeans nominate the head of the International Monetary Fund. (The
beauty part, for the Europeans, is that everyone gets to move to Washington and
live the sweet life on bloated salaries and no taxes.) Nevertheless, the
French foreign minister, right on cue, snarls. "It's a proposal," he says,
dismissing the Wolfowitz nomination. "We shall examine it in the context of the
personality of the person you mention and perhaps in view of other candidates."
(This is how prissy French foreign ministers, unaccustomed to speaking in
popular languages, actually talk.) Reuters, the British news agency that deeply
opposes both George W. and the war in Iraq, reports that "[Mr.] Wolfowitz is
a deeply controversial figure in Europe because of his role in designing and
promoting the Iraq war." At the United Nations, Secretary-General Kofi
Annan's top "poverty adviser" sniffs that Mr. Wolfowitz has no experience in
helping poor folks, and invites other candidates to step forward.
These worthies have no real experience with poor folks, either, or any
discernible interest in them, except as totems to build bureaucracies around. Paul
Wolfowitz scares them for another reason. He's a symbol of George W.'s
campaign to export equality, fraternity and liberty to the miserable
neighborhoods where such values have been permanent hostages to privilege, brutality and
"Old Europe," as Donald Rumsfeld puts it, was the source of the American
dream, and that's why we continue to romanticize our own European origins. But
"Old Europe," which has traded ambition and aspiration for calcification and
security, no longer thrills to the notion of governments "of the people, by
the people, and for the people." Security can only be guaranteed by
bureaucratic fiat; wise men in Brussels know best how Frenchmen, Germans and Italians
should live their lives.
"That is why Jacques Chirac -- the very embodiment of corrupt European
political cynicism -- and George Bush can never, ever find true common ground,"
observes Janet Daley in London's Daily Telegraph. "When the President tries to
give credit where it is due -- to the European authorship of democratic
revolution -- it sounds faintly sarcastic."
Neither George W. Bush nor any American president could ever say it, but we
have to regard Europe now as a nursing home for exhausted nations. We must
look kindly after them, visit them occasionally and remember their birthdays,
but spare them scary talk of visions of a future that does not include them.
America remains the land of dreams, of hard work, innovation and the
cultivation of "the better angels of our nature." The world beyond the nursing home
understands this, and hungers to participate. America, as always, must be eager
to share the dream.
Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times.
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