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1st Republican breaks ranks on World Bank issue. (Update 1) Now, Wolfowitz faces influential Republicans coming out against him.

'As a Republican, I do not think we should have to carry the burden of Wolfowitz in 2008. It is time to start cleaning up all of the ethical barnacles of the past several years. Wolfowitz' ‘modified limited hang-out' does not cut it with me and it will cut against Republicans in 2008. He ruined Iraq and now he is ruining the World bank. Enough is enough."

The words of Andy Martin, writing on Contrarian Commentary.

He writes that "Wolfowitz has run the institution much like a Chicago ward boss or mayor, employing patronage and intimidation to manage the institution. The result has been another round of professional failure for Mr. W. Now Wolfowitz risks becoming a continuing embarrassment to President Bush, the Republican Party and, of course, to himself. It is time for Wolfowitz to go".

According to his site "Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic. Martin covers regional, national and world politics with forty years of personal experience". People writing into this blog assure me that Martin's word is highly regarded in Republican circles. Let's certainly hope so (on this issue at least, I've not had a chance to see his other opinions).

Update 1. 15 April, 13.30 EST.

Martin has penned another savage piece. Extracts:
"Mr. Wolfowitz’ 'war on corruption' at the Bank has proven to be a one-way street, Wolfowitz Way. Corruption only exists where he wants to see it. Billions have disappeared in countries where Wolfowitz perceives a vital American interest".
"Wolfowitz is caught in a similar downward spiral to that of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Both men sought to minimize “personnel matters” at their agencies. Both men were less than candid with their initial disclosures, and both men are now suffering from the blowback".
"During the Clinton years Republicans claimed a low tolerance for self-dealing and dissembling. Those standards should also apply to Republicans caught in flagrante delicto. High standards of public morality benefit Republicans."

Alex Wilks ~ April 14, 2007

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