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  • Rainstorm
    Bono is qualified only by decades of work in Africa and poor nations, dialoguing and learinng their immediate and long term needs. Probably doesn't have much or any "official" qualifications.

    So Wolfowitz is claiming to go from "Dominate Central Asia and subjugate all of Africa" (Project for a New American Century) to "I care about Africa and the poor"?????????

    WTF??? And why is nobody asking the obvious? How the hell are we supposed to believe in his sincerity???

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  • CLiDE
    Originally posted by SpeedRunnerx
    And Bono is qualified HOW?
    It's because he made good music one time.

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  • SpeedRunnerx
    And Bono is qualified HOW?

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    Wolfowitz Says He Won't Impose U.S. Agenda on World Bank

    By Carol Giacomo and Lesley Wroughton

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After helping lead the United States to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Paul Wolfowitz is fighting a different kind of fight -- to secure approval as the next World Bank president by portraying himself as a consensus builder.

    From his spacious but cluttered office, the Pentagon's No. 2 official this week waged a campaign to ease fears in Europe and elsewhere that he would change policies at the bank to reflect the conservative Bush administration's foreign and social priorities.

    Wolfowitz telephoned U2 rock star-turned-debt relief advocate Bono, a potentially key ally; cheerfully endured interviews by major media, especially those with European audiences; and courted key finance and political officials from around the world.

    His message was clear as he sought to win the hearts and minds of a new, more global constituency:

    He is more multidimensional than his hard-line, conservative image as deputy defense secretary suggests.

    He will aim to be a consensus builder as he seeks to improve the institution.

    He cares passionately about the poor and is committed to reducing poverty, especially in Africa.

    Moreover, he is convinced he can turn his critics around once they get to know him.

    "You do the job you have in front of you," he told Reuters in an interview late on Friday. He was explaining how he would segue to his new role from his Bush administration duties of combating terrorism, remaking the military and asserting American power to promote democracy, especially in the Middle East.

    "I am not going to impose the U.S. agenda on the bank," he said. "I am ready to listen."


    Although his candidacy is controversial, Wolfowitz's approval by the bank's board, which operates by consensus, is likely a foregone conclusion. The United States has the largest voting share on the 24-member board, which represents the 184 member states, and traditionally nominates the bank president.

    Moreover, January elections in Iraq, in which thousands risked their lives to vote, have improved chances for stability there and helped defuse the arguments of war critics.

    Wolfowitz, who has spent 24 years in government under six U.S. presidents, had hoped for a promotion in President Bush's second term.

    But one by one, top jobs like secretary of state, national security adviser and CIA director went to others.

    Congressional sources predicted that because of Iraq, Wolfowitz might find it impossible to win Senate approval for jobs requiring confirmation, like secretary of state.

    Critics blame him for pushing America into war with Iraq on the basis of inaccurate intelligence about weapons of mass destruction and sending troops into battle without sufficient plans for what would happen once the shooting stopped.

    He has admitted some mistakes but otherwise has strongly defended the U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein.

    As Wolfowitz reintroduces himself to the public, he is emphasizing his credentials largely obscured by the war.

    His posts have included assistant secretary of state for East Asian affairs, ambassador to Indonesia, undersecretary of defense for policy affairs and dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He boasts how Johns Hopkins stresses economics in its master's degree program and has trained scores of World Bank officials.

    If approved as bank president, he said he wants to re-examine lessons of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis "to see whether people have fully absorbed them or whether there is more to do because it probably won't be the last such crisis."

    In the interview, he was cautious about subjects such as a U.S. Senate probe of corruption at the World Bank and other international development banks, and about a push by nongovernmental groups for the International Monetary Fund to sell undervalued gold stocks to relieve poor country debt.

    "If there is an issue (of corruption) there, it has to be looked at," he said.

    As for the gold, he told Reuters "it would really be wrong for me to step in (to the bank presidency) with a fixed view." But he said NGO views "are clearly important and influential" and that he would take them into account.

    After years spent dealing with Asia, some fear he will focus too much bank attention there.

    But Wolfowitz said: "I think the total level of misery in Africa, particularly because of the AIDS epidemic, puts it at the top of the list."

    03/19/05 11:16

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  • CLiDE
    What the fuck?

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  • SlamboS
    Originally posted by mgenev
    Wolfowitz, U2's Bono talk poverty
    Controversial pick to head the World Bank has 'enthusiastic, detailed' phone chat with Irish rocker.

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Paul Wolfowitz, whose nomination as World Bank president has stirred controversy, discussed poverty and development issues with Irish rock star Bono in two telephone conversations Thursday, an adviser said.

    Wolfowitz adviser Kevin Kellems told Reuters the deputy U.S. defense secretary initiated the lengthy conversations with the lead singer of the rock group U2, whose name had been bandied about for the World Bank presidency.

    President Bush on Wednesday named Wolfowitz, a key architect of the Iraq war, to be the next World Bank president, but the choice has been controversial, especially in Europe.

    An endorsement by Bono, who campaigns extensively for African aid and debt relief, could defuse some of the criticism of Wolfowitz.

    Kellems said the discussions "were incredibly substantive about reducing poverty, about development, about the opportunity to help people that the World Bank presidency provides and about charitable giving and social progress around the globe.

    "They clicked. They were very enthusiastic, detailed and lengthy conversations," Kellems said.

    Tom Hart, government relations director for DATA -- Debt, AIDS, Trade and Africa -- the lobby group co-founded by Bono, said the rock star believed it was important to share his views on Africa and poverty with Wolfowitz.

    "Bono thought it was important that he put forward the issues that are critical to the World Bank, like debt cancellation, aid effectiveness and a real focus on poverty reduction," Hart said.

    Wolfowitz first telephoned Bono on Wednesday to schedule the conversations. In the past 24 hours, Wolfowitz had spoken with a broad range of foreign leaders, bank officials and advocates for poverty reduction and international development, aides said.


    what does bono have to do with anything seriously?
    I merged your thread with this one because it gives some more explanation into the question you asked. But at the same time I agree it's kind of silly and weird that Bono's such a big deal in all this.

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  • Drunk Monkey
    If Bono heads the world's fucked.

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  • Bono may head World Bank /// Paul Wolfowitz consults...... Bono?

    Bono may head World Bank

    Associated Press | March 7, 2005

    WASHINGTON -- Treasury Secretary John Snow on Sunday would not rule out the idea of Irish singer Bono, an activist on debt relief and AIDS, making the short list of potential candidates to lead the World Bank even though an American is expected to get the job.

    "He's somebody I admire. He does a lot of good in this world of economic development," Snow said.

    "Most people know him as a rock star. He's in a way a rock star of the development world, too. He understands the give-and-take of development. He's a very pragmatic, effective and idealistic person," Snow said.

    Snow is part of the Bush administration team working on finding a successor to James Wolfensohn, who is stepping down as head of the development bank on June 1.

    Asked whether the Irish singer would make the short list of candidates that Snow is preparing for President Bush, the secretary said: "I am not going to review here all the candidates that are on the list. But I will attest to my admiration for Bono."

    Bono toured Africa with Snow's predecessor, Paul O'Neill, who focused a lot of attention during his time at the Treasury on poverty and diseases such as AIDS in Africa.

    Bono has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for international social justice efforts that include trying to persuade rich nations to relieve the debt of poor nations.

    Another candidate who has surfaced is Carly Fiorina, the recently ousted chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Co.

    "She's also a friend and somebody I think well of," Snow told ABC's "This Week." But, he added, "I think we're going to have to wait to reveal that next president of the World Bank for a little while."

    The administration began the search for Wolfensohn's successor in early January and said it would talk to other countries that belong to the 184-nation World Bank. The administration wants to name a replacement before Wolfensohn's term ends.

    The United States is the World Bank's largest member nation. The bank traditionally has had an American president.

    "I fully expect that to be the case, yes, and so do the G-7 (Group of Seven) finance ministers and all of the participants in the process," Snow said. "I've had any number of calls from finance ministers from around the world saying they want it to be an American."

    The bank's sister institution, the International Monetary Fund, traditionally has been headed by a European.

    Other names floated for the World Bank job include: John Taylor, the Treasury Department's undersecretary for international affairs; Peter McPherson, the former head of Michigan State University who served as Bush's point man on rebuilding Iraq's financial system; Randall Tobias, Bush's global AIDS coordinator; and Christine Todd Whitman, the former head of the Environmental Protection Agency.


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