Wolfowitz and America's Global RoleMay 16, 2007 at 12:47 PM by Bill Scher
Over at our blog The Big Con, Rick Perlstein lays into scandal-plagued World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, noting that the pay raise he steered to his girlfriend, is thousands of times bigger than what citizens earn in countries, like The Congo, that Wolfowitz refuses to help.
Just another way in which conservative foreign policy has diminished America's moral authority and weakened our influence abroad.
At Take Back America 2007, one of our panels will be "America's Global Role." Beyond ending the occupation in Iraq and junking neoconservative foreign policy that Wolfowitz helped assemble, what do you think panelists should focus on, to help articulate how our country can contribute to liberty, stability and prosperity across the globe?
As screwed up as Wolfowitz is/has been, and as much as he deserves all the crap (and much more) that has recently been heaped upon him; the World Bank is indeed a nest of self serving bureaucrats that distribute tons of cash most of which never reaches the really poor people who need the help at grass roots levels.
A million bucks spent wisely and intelligently and by the right people on the right scale on the right projects would have more positive effects than a BILLION bucks wasted in boondoggles that only served to enrich the lolcal elites and the US contractors/suppliers/bankers that all get their "cut".
The World Bank must do some good, I suppose; but that's just cuz they have to do at least a little but to justify their generally corrupt wasteful existence.
Foreign policy isn't about human rights or freedom, it hasn't been about those things since Jimmy Carter...and Carter was probably hated by the same bureaucrats that did in Wolfowitz.
Check out "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" by John Perkins.
Here's a great interview with him.... http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/09/1526251