World Bank is Club Fed for Warmongers

This post, written by Lindsay Beyerstein, originally appeared on Majikthise.

Longtime Bush loyalist Robert Zoellick will succeed Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank. Having learned nothing from the Wolfowitz fiasco, United States has used its considerable clout at the bank to appoint yet another intellectual architect of the Iraq war.

Zoellick served as Deputy Secretary of State until July 2006. (Recall that Wolfowitz's girlfriend Shaha Riza received a highly unusual external assignment to the State Department as part of the lavish compensation package that Wolfowitz negotiated on her behalf.) During the 2000 presidential campaign, Zoellick served as a foreign policy adviser to George W. Bush as a member of a group of neoconservative hawks known as the Vulcans. Zoellick may have resigned from Condi Rice's State Department rather than answer questions a pre-9/11 meeting he attended during which Tenet warned Rice about the threat of Bin Laden.

Between MacNamara, Wolfowitz, and Zoellick, the World Bank has turned into a club fed for warmongers.

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