Testosterone Man…Wolfowitz…under the microscope

Who is Paul Dundes Wolfowitz

 

by R7fel

   Basically he is a neocon ‘germ’ that has infected our’ body politic. Helurks around the corridor’s of power looking to instill his’ destructive ideology into our’ foreign policy. Rather than ending terrorism he seeks to end states…nations, more specifically Muslim states. He’s a warmonger and a hatemonger that seeks to obliterate Muslim nations and peoples. One of the rare occasions when a rebel missile of the Iraqi resistance was able to penetrate into the Green Zone in Baghdad was when Wolfowitz was visiting there: “In a daring strike, anti-American forces unleashed a barrage of rockets Sunday ( Oct 26, 2003) against the Al Rasheed Hotel, a symbol of the U.S. presence, where visiting Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz was staying. Wolfowitz escaped, but a U.S. soldier was killed and 15 people were wounded.Scores of American officials living in the hotel fled in pajamas and shorts after the 6:10 a.m. assault, which apparently used a makeshift rocket battery on a timer that had been wheeled into a nearby park. More than a half-dozen holes pockmarked the hotel’s concrete facade and windows were shattered in two dozen rooms.Wolfowitz, who appeared shaken as he addressed reporters at a convention center across the street where most officials fled.”(excerpt from: “Paul Wolfowitz Survives Missile Attack”) http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/topstories_story_299073021.html

http://slate.msn.com/?id=117227

He is justifiably abhorred by his victims and their’ families.

Wolfowitz’s “ending states” comment earned him a public smack from Secretary of State Colin Powell, who told reporters that Wolfowitz could “speak for himself,” but the American goal was only to “end terrorism.”

During the Gulf War, Wolfowitz, then an assistant defense secretary, was instrumental in persuading President George Bush to start the war against Iraq, overcoming Powell’s view that the United States should wait for sanctions to work. But later Powell helped convince the president to stop the war after liberating Kuwait, outflanking Wolfowitz, who wished to continue fighting in order to take out Saddam. Wolfowitz spent the next decade lobbying for the United States to finish the job in Iraq.

At the University of Chicago, Wolfowitz became the protégé of Albert Wohlstetter, the conservative nuclear strategist. Wohlstetter believed that it was not only possible, but necessary, to rationally study atomic war. That ability to think about the unthinkable rubbed off on Wolfowitz. As Wolfowitz hopped up the ladder of the Defense and State Department bureaucracies (serving every president but Clinton since Nixon), his knack for expecting the unexpected and his eagerness to deploy American forces earned him a reputation for nuttiness.  In 1992 he horrified many when he suggested that the United States dispatch troops to Lithuania if Russia tried to stop the republic’s secession.

Wolfowitz favors American unilateral action and doesn’t particularly worry about how that destabilizes the rest of the world. He doesn’t care much about the security of the Arabs…we have included in our coalition. His testosterone rationalism would be terrifying if it were unrestrained. But it isn’t. After Powell rebuked Wolfowitz, Vice President Cheney reportedly muzzled him, too.

Now if Dick Cheney has to restrain this guy…you just know he has to be crazy (plus).

 

Currently, he’s the President of the World Bank, he began his appointment on June 1, 2005. Wolfowitz, considered to be one of the most prominent and “hawkish” of the neo-conservatives, is the principal author of the “Wolfowitz doctrine”, also known as the Bush doctrine.

 

This week Wolfowitz re-emerged from his lurch over at the World Bank as a key figure in the info twisting at the Pentagon in the run-up to Bush’s War on Iraq:

 

Wolfowitz Emerges as Key Figure in Intel Manipulation

    By Jason Leopold
    t r u t h o u t | Report

    Monday 12 February 2007

    Paul Wolfowitz, former under secretary of defense, has been identified in recently released grand jury transcripts as being involved in a White House smear campaign against Joseph Wilson, the former US ambassador who accused the Bush administration of manipulating intelligence in the run-up to the Iraq War.

    The previously undisclosed development comes on the heels of a scathing report released last week by the Defense Department’s Office of the Inspector General that said Wolfowitz played a key role in the cooking of intelligence related to Iraq’s ties to al-Qaeda and its supposed cache of chemical and biological weapons. That effort helped the White House lay the groundwork for a US-led invasion.

    Taken as a whole, the involvement of Wolfowitz in a full-scale effort to undermine the credibility of an Iraq War critic, and his hands-on role in knowingly providing the White House with the sort of dubious intelligence that came under scrutiny by people like Wilson, shows how widespread the issues surrounding manipulated intelligence truly were, and how crucial it became for senior members of the Bush administration to discredit anyone who threatened to expose their ruse.

    The transcripts were released in conjunction with other documents in the perjury and obstruction of justice trial of former vice presidential staffer I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. They state that Wolfowitz was chosen by Vice President Dick Cheney in mid-July 2003 to leak a highly classified portion of the National Intelligence Estimate to the Wall Street Journal as a way to rebut Wilson’s claims that the White House “twisted” intelligence related to Iraq’s attempts to build an atomic bomb. The section of the NIE that Wolfowitz leaked to the Journal claimed Wilson’s assertions were flat-out wrong. However, it was later revealed that the section of the NIE that Wilson called into question was based on crude forgeries.

    The transcript detailing Wolfowitz’s involvement in attacks against Wilson’s credibility would appear to support similar charges made by career CIA analysts. The analysts told Democratic lawmakers four years ago that they were pressured by Cheney, Libby, Wolfowitz, and former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld to fix the intelligence on Iraq around the administration’s policy toward the country.

    In September 2002, according to testimony given Friday by Thomas Gimble, a briefing took place at the White House, attended by National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, Libby and others purporting a relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda that “was not supported by the available intelligence.” Gimble is the acting Defense Department inspector general who prepared the report on pre-war Iraq intelligence,

    The meeting took place seven months after Wilson was sent on a fact-finding mission to Niger to investigate whether Iraq had attempted to acquire uranium from the African country. Wilson reported back to the CIA that the allegations were unfounded. But Libby, Cheney, Wolfowitz, President Bush and other senior members of the White House ignored the findings of the intelligence community that said Iraq was not an immediate threat, and they pressured CIA analysts to cherry-pick intelligence that would help lay the groundwork for a US-led invasion, according to the DoD report.

    An executive summary of the report, released Friday, stated that Douglas Feith, who headed the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, “was inappropriately performing intelligence activities of developing, producing, and disseminating that should be performed by the intelligence community.”

    The report concluded that these “inappropriate” activities were authorized by Donald Rumsfeld, former secretary of defense, or Paul Wolfowitz, former deputy secretary of defense.

    Furthermore, senior administration officials, including Vice President Cheney, made numerous public statements that reflected the views of the Feith alternative analysis, which were inconsistent with the analysis and judgments of the intelligence community. Indeed, Vice President Cheney said the principal Feith office assessment was the “best source of information” on the alleged relationship between Iraq and al-Qaeda.

    Those in the intelligence community who dissented found themselves wholly discredited by Libby, Cheney and officials in the Office of the President.

    That is exactly what happened to Wilson’s wife, covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson, who worked in a division of the CIA that dealt with issues related to weapons of mass destruction. When Wilson went public in July 2003 with his criticism of the administration’s use of pre-war intelligence, his wife’s identity and undercover status were compromised.

    Still, Libby and Cheney continued to hammer away at Wilson, for reasons unknown, days after Plame’s name turned up in a newspaper column, and a week after the White House had acknowledged that the intelligence related to Iraq’s attempts to acquire uranium from Niger was unreliable.

    According to Libby’s March 2004 grand jury transcripts, he said that Vice President Cheney discussed with him getting Wolfowitz to contact the Journal to leak the NIE as a way of undermining Wilson.

    “After July 14, in that week, the Vice President thought we should still try and get the [NIE] out. And so he asked me to talk to the Wall Street Journal. I don’t have as good a relationship with the Wall Street Journal as Secretary Wolfowitz did, and so we talked to Secretary Wolfowitz about trying to get that point across [to the Journal], and he undertook to do so,” Libby testified.

    Wolfowitz faxed the Wall Street Journal a set of “talking points” about the former ambassador that the paper’s editors could use to discredit him in print, according to Libby’s grand jury testimony, and then leaked to the paper a portion of the then-still-classified NIE that claimed Iraq did in fact attempt to acquire uranium from Niger. The Journal printed, verbatim, Wolfowitz’s talking points in an editorial in its July 17, 2003, edition and then misled its readers about the source of the information.

    According to the editorial, “Yellowcake Remix,” the Journal said the data the newspaper received about Iraq’s interest in uranium “does not come from the White House,” despite the fact that Libby testified that he personally lobbied Wolfowitz to leak the NIE to the Journal, and that arguably Wolfowitz’s position as Undersecretary of Defense made him a senior member of the Bush administration.

    A spokeswoman for the Wall Street Journal said Saturday she was unfamiliar with the issue and was not interested in responding.

    Jason Leopold is a former Los Angeles bureau chief for Dow Jones Newswire. He has written over 2,000 stories on the California energy crisis and received the Dow Jones Journalist of the Year Award in 2001 for his coverage on the issue as well as a Project Censored award in 2004. Leopold also reported extensively on Enron’s downfall and was the first journalist to land an interview with former Enron president Jeffrey Skilling following Enron’s bankruptcy filing in December 2001. Leopold has appeared on CNBC and National Public Radio as an expert on energy policy and has also been the keynote speaker at more than two dozen energy industry conferences around the country.

Needless to say…the plot thickens.

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~ by r7fel on February 13, 2007.

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