Saturday, April 14, 2007

Shorter White House statement on the amorous World Bank president: "Heckuva job, Wolfie!"

Paul Wolfowitz may have lost the confidence of the World Bank staff he oversees (if he can be said to ever have had it, which is doubtful), but they're still supporting him where it counts.
" He has apologized, and there is a process in place," Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. said after a meeting with his counterparts from the world's richest nations yesterday. "I don't intend to comment on that here. I do not want that to be read as a lessening of U.S. support for Paul Wolfowitz."

Wolfowitz joined the bank in 2005 after working at the Pentagon, where as deputy defense secretary he was a principal architect of the Iraq war. This made him a controversial figure at the bank, where he fostered resentment among its member nations and 7,000 Washington employees. A number of the bank's leading donor nations, including Britain, expressed public concern about aspects of his leadership long before the current uproar over his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, which began when details of her pay package were publicly revealed last month.

As bank staffers and development activist groups continued to call for Wolfowitz's resignation, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said that he has President Bush's "full confidence" and that "we expect him to remain as World Bank president."
Right. Love is a beautiful thing. Why shouldn't a guy be allowed to install his girlfriend at the State Department and direct that she be paid more than the Secretary of State?

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