Top 10 Reasons Why Paul Wolfowitz Would Make a Good World
by John Cavanagh
March 30, 2005
1. He would follow in the great tradition of World Bank president
Robert McNamara, who also helped kill tens of thousands of people in a poor
country most Americans couldn't find on a map before getting the job.
2. It helps to be a good liar when you run an institution
with employees who earn over $100,000 a year to pretend to help billions
of people who live on less than $1 a day.
3. With all his experience helping U.S. companies grab Iraq
's oil profits, he's got just the right experience for doling out lucrative
World Bank contracts to U.S. businesses.
4. After predecessor James Wolfensohn blew millions of dollars
on "consultations" with citizen groups to give the appearance
of openness, Wolfowitz's tough-guy style is just what's needed to rid the
World Bank of those irritating activists.
5. Unlike former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, another
one of the four leading candidates, at least Wolfowitz hasn't failed at
running a Fortune 500 company.
6. Unlike the Treasury Department's John Taylor, another leading
candidate, at least Wolfowitz doesn't want to get rid of the institution
he would head.
7. While earning a University of Chicago Ph.D. , he was exposed
to the tenets of market fundamentalism that have reigned at the World Bank
8. He has experience in constructing echo chambers where only
the advice he wants to hear is spoken.
9. He knows some efficient private contractors who build echo
chambers for only a few hundred billion dollars (cost plus, of course).
10. He can develop a pre-emptive poverty doctrine where the
World Bank could invade countries that fail to make themselves safe for
U.S. business, modeled on the U.S. pre-emptive war doctrine he helped craft.
John Cavanagh is the director of Institute for Policy Studies.
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