Friday, April 13, 2007

Yes, and Al Capone Was a Tax Cheat, Too

Uh-oh, Wolfie's in trouble:
World Bank boss admits mistake on girlfriend's job

POSTED: 7:44 a.m. EDT, April 13, 2007

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- The World Bank's board of directors adjourned a meeting on Friday over the promotion by bank President Paul Wolfowitz of his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, saying it would move quickly to decide how to proceed.

In a statement, the board said it found that Wolfowitz signed off on Riza's promotion and salary increase without a review by an ethics committee nor the board's chairman. The promotion came shortly after he joined the institution in 2005.

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Wolfowitz, who was nominated for the bank job in 2005 by President Bush, joined the institution from the Pentagon, where he was one of the architects of Iraq war.

He has faced lingering distrust by many staff members and resentment over his close ties to the Bush administration and his role in the Iraq war that have overshadowed his first two years at the bank.

The bank's staff representative association, which demanded last week that Wolfowitz explain his actions, have called on Wolfowitz to resign, saying it seemed impossible for the institution, whose mission is to fight global poverty, to move forward "with any sense of purpose under the present leadership."
So, let's see. 3300 Americans dead ... something like 650,000 Iraqis dead ... and Wolfie the War Architect is in trouble ... over getting his girl friend a job. (Girl friend? How old is this clown, anyway?)

Isn't there something very badly wrong with this picture?


Jeff Pruitt said...

There's a great article in this week's New Yorker profiling Wolfowitz.

I remember reading it a few days ago and wondering why the news of his girlfriend's promotion hadn't made it to the major news outlets yet. Guess that didn't take long. The funny thing is that wasn't the focus of the piece whatsoever...

Bartleby said...

A day after the bank’s directors confirmed his appointment, Bank Swirled, a satirical magazine produced by bank employees, reported that a moving crew had delivered some personal items to his new office, “including a 1768 map of Iraq (with hundreds of red Xs denoting ‘WMDs,’ hundreds of black Xs denoting ‘Oil Well$,’ and one blue X denoting ‘decent sushi restaurant’) . . . a fully armed AH-64A/D Apache helicopter,” and “a ‘red phone’ with a direct line to Karl Rove.”

Good stuff. Thanks for the link.