Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense and current President of the World Bank, is being rebuked for giving a patronage job to his live-in girlfriend Shaha Riza. It was a good paying job too, $132,000 – $193,000 a year. She’s on leave now, but she’ll get the higher amount when she returns because of gauranteed raises.
While the investigation goes on, despite calls for his resignation, Wolfowitz refuses to do so:
“Look, I believe in the mission of this organization, and I believe I can carry it out,” Wolfowitz said at a news conference called to discuss a meeting of the bank’s development committee. “I have had many expressions of support. . . . We need to work our way through this. The board is looking into the matter, and we’ll let them complete their work.”
Huh? “I believe in the mission of this organization…I believe I can carry it out”? No conflict of interest here gang…move along…nothing here…WTF!!
Apparently the bank’s ethics commitee thinks there’s nothing to see here either:
“I’m amazed that the ethics committee had a lot of views, but then stepped back from their implementation,” said Ruth Wedgwood, a professor of international law at Johns Hopkins University. Turning the matter over to Wolfowitz to resolve in the first place, she noted, was “sort of oxymoronic: ‘You can’t recuse yourself enough to suit us, but we want you to be formally in the chain of command to resolve this.’ “
Wolfie and Gonzo. Neocon criminals with no shame. As with all elitists, the rules don’t apply to them.