In the eighteen months since George Bush installed Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank, over half the Bank's senior managers have "resigned" -
effectively driven out of their jobs - and been replaced with neocon ideologues connected within the Republican party but inexperienced in development
work. Wolfowitz's actions have strong implications not only for the way the World bank operates, but for the future of US policy in Iraq, as we
shall see. Devesh Kapur, quoted below, is Wolfowitz's predecessor.
``The changes under Wolfowitz are unprecedented in the calculated manner in which inexperienced or ideological replacements are being placed in
senior positions,'' said Kapur, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Among those who left the bank after disagreements with Wolfowitz are Roberto Danino, general counsel and a former prime minister of Peru; Ian Goldin,
vice president for external affairs; and Gobind Nankani, vice president for Africa. Of the 14 executives who left, three had reached mandatory
retirement age, according to the staff association.
Poortman, the Mideast chief, resigned rather than accept an assignment in Kazakhstan, according to a colleague who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Poortman declined to comment.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
Despite his statement that the safety of World Bank officials in Baghdad is "at the top of his list of priorities", Wolfowitz is stepping up WB
involvement in Iraq, using the Bank, effectively, to tighten US control over the country. Those who have heard of John Perkins' Confessions of an
will already be aware of how the World Bank is used to get poor countries into debt; the signs are now that Iraq will be utterly
in hock to the "international community" via the World Bank, in which the US treasury has the controlling interest.
The link I have provided is to a video presentation by John Perkins, ex-economic hitman. He talks of his role and his first hand experience of how
institutions like the World Bank used him to control the smaller, poorer countries of the world. It makes fascinating, if disturbing, viewing, and
gives one an idea of what is surely in store for Iraq.
Overall, I think we can get a sense of what the neocons have planned for Iraq, and a sense that withdrawal of US troops is extremely unlikely - they
are required for the asset-stripping that is only just beginning.
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