Wednesday, May 30, 2007

From One PNAC'er To Another

Bush names Zoellick as new World Bank chief - 30 May 2007 at 12:20pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Wednesday nominated Robert Zoellick, the former U.S. deputy secretary of state, to be the new World Bank president, describing him as a "committed internationalist."
That's one way of putting it. Zoellick is a PNAC'er who was among the signers (along with Elliott Abrams, Richard Armitage, William Bennett, Jeffrey Bergner, John Bolton, Paula Dobriansky, Francis Fukuyama, Robert Kagan, Zalmay Khalilzad, William Kristol, Richard Perle, Peter W. Rodman, Donald Rumsfeld, William Schneider Jr., Vin Weber, Paul Wolfowitz, and James Woolsey) of the PNAC's 1998 letter to President Clinton urging him to take military action to depose Saddam Hussein. Some company. Anyone betting that someone in this list will be nominated to serve as the next U.S. Attorney General? Appearing later in the article is this paragraph:

Unlike Wolfowitz, who drew broad criticism because of his role in the planning of the Iraq war, Zoellick's nomination was largely welcomed in the United States and abroad.
*whew* Zoellick didn't plan the disastrous war; he was merely one of its strongest proponents. So I guess that's OK, then.

Rights group sues Boeing unit over CIA transfers - 30 May 2007 at 9:57am - NEW YORK (Reuters) - The American Civil Liberties Union said on Wednesday it is suing a unit of plane maker and defense contractor Boeing Co. for providing flight services to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency as it secretly flew abducted foreigners to overseas prisons where they were held and interrogated.

U.S. ranks low, just above Iran on new peace index - 30 May 2007 at 12:48pm - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is among the least peaceful nations in the world, ranking 96th between Yemen and Iran, according to a new index released on Wednesday that evaluates 121 nations based on their peacefulness.

Thought for the day:
"Behind the phony tinsel of Hollywood lies the real tinsel." -Oscar Levant (1906 - 1972)

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