Friday, May 18, 2007

The Loneliest Man in the World

Isolated and alone. That's what the Bush administration is these days. Even Robert Novak sees it. In a column a few days ago he commented that Bush is even more isolated than his predecessor Nixon during the worst period of Watergate. This was even more starkly revealed in the fiasco surrounding yesterday's resignation of Paul Wolfowitz as president of the World Bank on charges of corruption.

Wolfowitz, it seems, managed to estrange the entire world community including Washington's European allies, so much so even Bush's lap dog Tony Blair, couldn't or wouldn't come to his defense. On this one, Bush and Cheney, couldn't even "win ugly," and force a facing saving compromise in which their neo-con ally could survive.

The compromise finally agreed to (read forced down the Europeans throat) admitted mistakes on all sides (and graciously asked the out going president not to let the door hit his on the butt on the way out).

The World Bank staff association (numbering in the tens of thousands) were none to happy with the decision of the board of directors. They wanted Wolfowitz out with no niceties.

Wonder who's gonna be next?

joe sims

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