Brits, Ibero-Americans Blast Wolfowitz--Time For Him To "Git!"

2 de may de 2007

<body><div id="article"><tr><td height="28" valign="middle" width="184"></td><td valign="middle" width="185"></td></tr><h1>Brits, Ibero-Americans Blast Wolfowitz--Time For Him To "Git!"</h1><p>May 2 (LPAC)--In another British blow, neo-conservative kingpin, World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz was hit twice today by British institutions. First, the Financial Times of London published a brief but nasty letter by five former World Bank governors who state that "Mr. Wolfowitz should resign." The five signers are Domingo Cavallo of Argentina, Rubens Ricupero of Brazil, Eduardo Aninat of Chile, Rodrigo Botero of Colombia, and Pedro Aspe of Mexico. All five are former Finance Ministers of their respective countries.</p><p>Then, today, British Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown scheduled to appear at a press conference with Wolfowitz, canceled his appearance, claiming that he had to leave early to campaign in Scotland. British officials told the New York Times, however, that "appearing side by side with Wolfowitz had become a political liability."</p><p>To add further insult, Brown was replaced by Hilary Benn, the British International Development Secretary, who stood next to Wolfowitz as he was grilled by the press on the mounting calls for his resignation. It was Benn who had announced last September that the U.K. was withholding 50 million pounds from the World Bank in protest over Wolfowitz's withholding of loans from numerous nations for political reasons. Benn also publicly lambasted Wolfowitz just before the annual meeting in Washington last month, for undermining the credibility of the Bank.</p><p>Lyndon LaRouche has pointed to the British role in this affair as part of an effort by some British factions to break from the neoconservative war-party in the US, identified with Cheney and Wolfowitz.</p><p>On Monday, Wolfowitz told the committee investigating his actions in providing a lucrative position for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, on the Bank's payroll, that he had followed the Bank's ethics committee direction in the affair. However, on Tuesday, Ad Melkert, the former head of the World Bank's ethics committee, said that Wolfowitz's claim was totally false, and that Wolfowitz had broken staff rules when he intervened directly in personnel matters concerning Riza.</p></div></body>