Thursday, March 17, 2005

Ringing endorsements?

And these are from his friends?!?
Nomination Shocks, Worries Europeans: "'Let's face it, in this administration we're not going to get . . . Mother Teresa or the Dalai Lama,' he said. 'Given that, there are a lot of people who'd be a hell of a lot worse than Wolfowitz.'
Ah, the fabled 'is the glass half empty or is it half full' approach.

My question is, who? Who would be worse than Wolfowitz? Ariel Sharon? He's busy... Dick Cheney? Otherwise occupied... General Pinochet? Poor health would preclude his service... Hitler? He's dead and his clones are comfortably retired, living off their stolen gold in Paraguay.
"Francois Heisbourg, a leading French defense analyst who knows Wolfowitz, said the first reaction of many was 'fear and loathing,' but added, 'Paul is a man who has intellectual depth. He's not a one-agenda, single-point man.'"
How reassuring, his skills at eliciting 'fear and loathing' are not limited to one arena, he can spread doom and gloom in a variety of disciplines: political, economic, nation-building, development.

After all, who wouldn't want the architect of today's Iraq -- so in tune with the sentiments of the people ('we will be greeted as liberators') and in touch with reality ('the occupation will fund itself' and the ever popular 'no need for a hundred thousand occupation troops') -- working his 'magic' for the rest of the developing world?