Talk:Paul Dundes Wolfowitz

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Question: Paul Dundes Wolfowitz ?? ... or just another one of our annoying children at play?

"July 9, with deep sorrow, I respectfully submitted my resignation as a member of the Iraqi Reconstruction and Development Council to U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz."[1] Continuing...

My understanding of this council, which first reported to Jay Garner, the retired United States general, and now to civil administrator Paul Bremer, was that it would work with Iraq's ministries, not as ministers but, in the background, as advisers. Its goal was to restore Iraq's badly damaged infrastructure -- the electricity, the hospitals, the water supplies and the transportation routes -- at least to its pre-war state so that the country could be turned over to a transitional government. Though we council members came from all over the world, we all are Iraqis. Many of us have been exiled for many years, but we still consider ourselves Iraqis. When you keep in touch with what is going on in your country, it is not a big deal whether you are outside.
Sadly, the vision for a transitional government and democratic elections, put forward by Mr. Wolfowitz seems to have been forgotten in the everyday pressures of post-war Iraq. Mr. Wolfowitz is a visionary, but he has not done the work to see the concrete application of his vision. He said he wanted to help bring democracy to Iraq and many of us thought we should support him because we too want to see democracy in Iraq. In practice, however, he is just one player -- albeit a big player -- and there are many others on the ground in Iraq who do not share his vision. Many reports have noted that even the soldiers here bluntly say they take their orders from their general, not from Mr. Bremer. Bitter disputes between the defense department and the state department, which were evident even before the war began and duly reported in the U.S. press, continue to affect the situation. Even though Mr. Bremer has the formal authority within Iraq, it seems like each and every decision must go back to Washington, and we are the victims of indecision.

NeoCon connection to "Scoop" Jackson"?

I ran into a neocon/Scoop Jackson connection, but my unease with the source as well as with the footnoted attribution for the allegation has caused me to place it here, thinking it needs another attribution to be considered sound, but if true, is a valuable connection which should be cited.

"During the 1970s, Senator Jackson hired brilliant assistants like Paul Wolfowitz, Doug Feith, Richard Perle and Elliot Abrams"
Denis Boneau, "Cold War to dominate thinking: The New York Intellectuals and the invention of neoconservatism", The Voltaire Network, January 20, 2005 - (the footnoted attribution to this is given as: "Las raíces históricas del neoconservadurismo: un ataque difamatorio contra el trostkismo", World socialist web site, May 23, 2003)

--Hugh Manatee 20:26, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)

There is no question about the link, Hugh .. read the Wolfowitz article for details. Artificial Intelligence 21:01, 3 Aug 2005 (EDT)