Wolfwowitz Under Pressure: <em>Washington Post</em> Reports on Brewing Unrest at World Bank over Appointment of Partisan Political Operatives

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Last Friday, TWN reported that Paul Wolfowitz was engaging in personnel appointment strategies that were beginning to smell of partisan cronyism. By Monday, a staff letter was sent to Wolfowitz expressing sentiments of significant “dismay” about the President’s appointment of political hacks in key positions that should be open to transparent competition — with decisions made on the basis of merit. Today, Paul Blustein of the Washington Post adds more to the story and reports on the letter and Wolfowitz’s…

San Francisco — <em>TWN</em> Meeting & Coffee — Cafe Sappore/North Beach

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I have not been there yet but have been assured that Cafe Sappore is a nice place to hang out, grab a coffee, and discuss political stuff or anything folks want to know about Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner (without NSA eavesdropping). I’m going to be there between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m. today — and have to leave just before 6 p.m. to give a talk for the San Francisco Committee on Foreign Relations. I have had about a dozen people…

On Iran: “Rewarding the Hysterical at the Expense of the Calm”

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Chris Nelson of the Nelson Report runs one of the single best daily US-Asia policy and national security issues analysis letters in Washington. Normal beings can’t subscribe, and it’s not available on the web. Whenever I get asked how to get on his list by TWN readers, my response is that ‘hiring’ Chris Nelson via his consultancy at Samuels International is probably the only sure way. A second approach could be a subscription fee equal to about a dozen high…

<em>Woolsey Watch</em>: If It’s Monday, It Must be Iran

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The Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Committee on the Present Danger, two front organizations in the neoconservative network, will try and move a “military strike” against Iran a notch closer tomorrow. Monday morning, 9:30 a.m., in SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol, war-profiteer and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey will be joined by former RNC Spokesman and President for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies President Clifford May and Arizona Senator (and staunch supporter of the recess…

Monday and Tuesday: Plotting in San Francisco

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Oakley really does not want me to leave town again. But I must. For those of you who are in the San Francisco Bay area, TWN is planning a trip out there tomorrow, arriving in the morning. I return to Washington on Wednesday. Tuesday night, I will be giving a talk titled “America’s Middle East Distraction: What Iraq Has Done to Trigger Bigger Challenges Ahead” for the San Francisco Committee on Foreign Relations. If any bloggers or political junkies want…

<em>Washington Post</em> White House Correspondent Jim VandeHei Gives Nice Nod to <em>TWN</em>. . .but More on VandeHei and Scandalmongering

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Jim VandeHei, White House Correspodent for the Washington Post, gave a nice plug to TWN on Friday in the Post‘s daily online political discussion. In the early part of discussion, a reader asked VandeHei what sources he uses to “get his news”: Baton Rouge, La.: Jim – as a reporter, where do you go to get your news? You’re obviously well-informed about the topics that you cover and you gather a lot of information yourself, but do you utilize other…

Paul Wolfowitz Busy Neo-Conning the World Bank: Staff Rebellion Brewing

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Paul Wolfowitz, architect of America’s failing foray into Iraq as Rumsfeld’s former Deputy at the Pentagon, now heads the World Bank and finally seems like his true self is coming out of the closet. In recent months, picking up steam in recent weeks, there has been a massive exodus of top talent from the World Bank. According to reports, the senior Ethics Officer at the Bank has departed. Also on the exit roster are the Vice President for East Asia…

Dana Priest Online at <em>Washington Post</em> Forum at 12:30 p.m. Today

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Although I disagreed with the primary thrust of Dana Priest’s book, The Mission: Waging War and Keeping Peace with America’s Military, there is little doubt that she is one of the best intelligence and defense correspondents in the business. In her book, Priest comes to the conclusion that the only entity in the great sphere of American institutions that can build nations and civil societies as well as topple the world’s bad guys is the American military. She is absolutely…

An Evening with the Bush Administration’s Good Side and A Call for Senator Reid’s Tough Side: Navigating Political Rapids As They Are, Not As We’d Like Them To Be

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As I have stressed a number of times on TWN, I am not into ideological zealotry — from the right or the left. My agenda in the coming several years is to do what modest things I can to help Democrats get back into the foreign policy/national security game and to help Republicans restore a moderate, sensible core as its defining edge. Many of my readers disagree with this agenda, but that is mine — to help both sides get…