Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Holy Cow!

What do Paul Wolfowitz and old Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto have in common?

Well, soon they may both have a resume that includes a gig hawking for The Money Store. The difference here is that while Rizzuto pushed ads for a corporation that made money making loans to poor people, Wolfowitz will take over an entity that makes money for big business by making loans to poor people.
"Paul Wolfowitz, US deputy secretary of defence, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace James Wolfensohn as the president of the World Bank...
The nomination of Mr Wolfowitz, one of the chief architects of the Iraq war and a former US ambassador to Indonesia, would likely be highly controversial, and could raise new questions about the process by which the World Bank chief is selected. One administration official said his nomination “would have enormous repercussions within the development community”."
Indeed. I can't imagine why anyone would object to putting him at the reins of one of the two major lending machines for financially weak countries around the globe...except maybe because this is the guy whose agenda for world domination was instrumental in sending us into an illegal war that could pull us into a years-long slow bleed of capital and human beings, and that since world domination is really all about market expansion, it makes sense to set someone like Paul into such a strategic seat. I would expect that if this happens, it will surely put the nail in the coffin of the last scintilla of the World Bank's conscience. But why should this surprise us? Expansionism has a long, proud history in our country, and this will just eliminate the middleman.

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