Is Wolfowitz threatening the World Bank?

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    Wolfowitz:

    .........."Your decision will not only affect my life, it will affect how this institution is viewed in the United States and the world."

    "You still have the opportunity to avoid long-term damage by resolving this matter in a fair and equitable way that recognises that we all tried to do the right thing, however imperfectly we went about it," he said.........





    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/washington/16wolfowitz.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/BC36FB9A-FE49-44D6-AEE2-F745593E5E8A.htm



    This seems like a Political power threat to me.
     
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    Sure does? hmmmm, wonder what he knows?
     
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    He knows he's powerful and he has some pretty powerful friends.

    He's thinking, "I helped start the Iraq War and you guys wanna fire me for this? Ill show you World Bank."
     
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    And of course what he said is totally wrong right? You are aware that the Europeans want to keep our money but remove us from any position to effect how and where it is spent right? THAT isn't helping their attempt to remove Wolfowitz.

    Personally I support the idea of ending our contributions to this Organization, it is just like the UN, a haven for money grabbing idiots that think we are the gravy train.
     
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    well, if he is forced out, our president, gets to pick the replacement....it's in the ''rules''....so we will always have a say in who heads it!
     
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    That is one of the possible outcomes, the WB taking that privledge away from us.
     
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    For all your claims to "UP" on the news you have missed a lot here.

    The Europeans want us no longer to pick anyone for any position, they did however offer to let us pick the replacement for Wolfowitz if we would force him out. Notice they didn't offer to longer pick the head of the Sister organization, which is part of the quid pro quo of the deal.
     
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    The World bank has no power to take anything away from us. The European Governments might though. But the political fall out will not be to their liking.
     
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    WASHINGTON, May 16 — After six weeks of combating efforts to oust him as president of the World Bank, Paul D. Wolfowitz began Wednesday to negotiate the terms under which he would resign, in return for the dropping or softening of the charge that he had engaged in misconduct, bank officials said.

    Mr. Wolfowitz was said to be adamant that he be cleared of wrongdoing before he resigned, according to people familiar with his thinking.

    The negotiations were still under way on Wednesday evening, and bank officials said they were increasingly hopeful that a solution was in sight, ending what had become a bitter ordeal at the bank, within the Bush administration and at economic ministries around the world.

    The World Bank’s board of directors met in the afternoon on Wednesday to discuss the conclusion of its special committee that Mr. Wolfowitz was guilty of ethical and governance violations. Many were firm about not dismissing the findings that Mr. Wolfowitz violated the bank’s trust by arranging for a pay and promotion package for Shaha Ali Riza, his companion and a bank employee, when he became president in 2005.

    At the same time, talks took place between emissaries of Mr. Wolfowitz and bank officials with backing from board members who favored easing him out without provoking a confrontation with the Bush administration. Bank officials said the negotiations were aimed at finding a way for the board to accept the findings of the bank committee, while also declaring that Mr. Wolfowitz acted in good faith and that mistakes were made by all sides.

    People close to the negotiations said that the threat to oust Mr. Wolfowitz had, in the previous 24 hours, taken a bizarre U-turn, with Mr. Wolfowitz challenging the bank’s directors to vote him out, knowing that the United States would oppose that move. Previously, Mr. Wolfowitz had been doing everything in his power to prevent such a vote.

    In effect, bank officials said, he was using the fear among European leaders at the bank of a possible rupture with the Bush administration at a time when the United States and Europe are struggling to cooperate on Iran sanctions, trade and other economic issues.

    “The bank board is ready to vote Wolfowitz out of office, and Wolfowitz is calling their bluff,” said a bank official briefed on the negotiations. “It’s going to be difficult for the board to drop its charges against him, but they’re going to have to do it if they want to resolve this. They’re staring each other down, but the bank side is blinking furiously.”

    Bank officials said they did not know the precise wording of what the bank might agree to and that Mr. Wolfowitz and his lawyer, Robert S. Bennett, would also accept.

    They said it appeared that both the White House and the Treasury Department were involved in guiding Mr. Wolfowitz’s strategy, and that the interests of the United States were being represented at the bank by the American director on the board, Eli Whitney Debevoise II.

    Mr. Debevoise, a Washington lawyer, arrived at his job at the bank in early April, the precise moment when the furor over Mr. Wolfowitz erupted.

    The negotiations over Mr. Wolfowitz’s possible exit unfolded quickly on Wednesday, officials said. As recently as late on Tuesday night, they said that a last-minute appeal by Mr. Wolfowitz to deny the charges against him and to demand a fair process in which he could stay on the job seemed to backfire.

    Especially galling to bank board members, various officials said, was Mr. Wolfowitz’s request that the 24-member bank board reject the conclusions of its seven-member subcommittee charging him with violating several codes of conduct and trying to cover up his involvement in Ms. Riza’s salary and promotion.

    By the next morning, a flurry of second thoughts and back-channel conversations spread through the bank, officials said, in large part because of signals from the White House on Tuesday that if Mr. Wolfowitz were cleared of misconduct charges, the administration would be willing to consider the question of whether he could lead the bank in such a divisive atmosphere.

    Previously the administration had rebuffed all suggestions that he could not lead the bank, as both President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney declared their confidence in his abilities.............

    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/17/washington/17wolfowitz.html?_r=1&hp&oref=slogin


    Does he not understand that things dont work the same way outside the White House?

    Its a show of power now, and Wolfowitz is calling in his friends.
     
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    man oh man, this administration has screwed us as a country, just all around in foreign power and affairs...

    they are just incredibly jinxed, unlucky, or imcompetent with their picks of leadership....end result, being the same, the loss of respect and controlling power in the foreign arena....

    hopefully, we can get some of that back some day....it makes us more secure imo!

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