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Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Confirmed Paul Wolfowitz is Straight

Confirmed Paul Wolfowitz is Straight

"Paul Wolfowitz
AKA Paul Dundes Wolfowitz

Born: 22-Dec-1943
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Government

Level of fame: Somewhat
Executive summary: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense

Paul Wolfowitz is a prominent and well-connected conservative hawk who was Deputy Secretary of Defense under Donald Rumsfeld during the George W. Bush administration. He has a PhD in Political Science, and likes to be called "Dr. Wolfowitz."

On Sept. 11, 2001, Wolfowitz told senior Pentagon officials that Iraq might have been responsible for that day's attacks. Several former and current intelligence officials have said that, beginning shortly after Sept. 11, they felt pressure from Wolfowitz, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's Chief of Staff Lewis Libby and others to find "the right answers" linking Saddam Hussein to what happened. No serious link has ever been found. In fact, Hussein and Osama bin Laden are known to be long-time enemies.

Three days after Sept. 11, it was Wolfowitz, not Rumsfeld or Bush, who first declared that America's new policy would be "ending states who sponsor terrorism." He was a primary advocate of the preemptive strike on Iraq, eliminating the alleged threat posed by Hussein's frightful stockpiles of still-unseen weapons of mass destruction.

"We've already lost enough Americans," said Wolfowitz. "We're not going to lose any more by hesitating."

In August 2003, after the U.S. had taken Iraq, Wolfowitz said with a straight face, "I think all foreigners should stop interfering in the internal affairs of Iraq."

In October 2003, Wolfowitz was huddling with U.S. military commanders in Baghdad at the luxurious and heavily guarded Hotel al-Rashid when the hotel came under rocket attack. Fifteen people were killed, but Wolfowitz wasn't injured.

It's the closest he's ever come to combat. Wolfowitz was of fighting age during the Vietnam War, but studied mathematics at Cornell University, which got him a deferment from the draft.

During the early 1970s, Wolfowitz worked at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and beginning in 1977 he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Regional Programs, where he was involved in establishing would later became the US military central command.

From 1981 to 1983, he was in charge of the State Department's policy planning staff. During the Reagan administration he became Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and later he was named America's Ambassador to Indonesia, the world's fourth-most populous nation, and home to more Muslims than any other nation.

In 1989 Wolfowitz became Under Secretary for Defense Policy, and in 1993, as Democrats took over Washington, he left to become Professor of National Security Strategy at the National War College. He was also a leading participant in the Project for the New American Century. He was nominated as Deputy Secretary of Defense by Bush in February 2001, and unanimously confirmed by the Senate a few weeks later.

His father, a Polish immigrant, was the world-renowned statistician Jacob Wolfowitz. For reasons unknown, many sources list Wolfowitz's middle name as Dean, but it's actually Dundes, his mother's maiden name.

"The lesson of 9-11 is that if you're not prepared to act on the basis of murky intelligence, then you're going to have to act after the fact." --Paul Wolfowitz
Father: Jacob Wolfowitz (mathematician, b. 19-Mar-1910; d. 16-Jul-1981)
Mother: Lillian Dundes
Sister: Laura Mary Wolfowitz (biologist, b. 1941)
Wife: Clare Selgin (m. 1968, div. 2002)"