I guess that Wolfowitz could defend himself by claiming he was not as corrupt as he could have been. Maybe his replacement will show how corruption really works.
It is my view that he did almost everything right. According to other sources, he did not have anything to do with his girlfriend’s transfer or pay raise. The World Bank had concluded that she was due a pay raise before she was transferred. The only thing I can think that he did wrong was get involved with a Muslim in the first place.
Moral of the story?
Banging an employee never turns out well.
There is one other thing. There is some kind of “coup” attempt going on. Some people believe that the World Bank should be run by Europeans, not Americans. That along would put me on Wolfowitz’s side.
I am not understanding this “controversy”. He eliminated a “conflict of interest” by moving Ms Riza away from the World Bank. Isn’t this a good thing? So he gave her a pay raise and a promotion. Happens all the time in the business world. It’s called NEGOTIATION (in my best Joe Biden impression), one of the libs’ favorite words.
“along” should be “alone” Sorry!
This is more smog.
Wolfowitz followed the directions of the Ethics committee.
Now the same committee is trying to hang him for following their own directions.
My solution disband the World Bank, it is rotten to the core.
You don't clear the smog by blowing more fog on it.
Gee, the Board of thoroughly corrupt World Bank is accusing its accuser of "corruption"... Golly, who woulda thunk it!
He suggested "recusing myself from any influence over personnel decisions involving Ms Riza" but was told that his proposal did not go far enough.
The salary increase was due to transfer from her "position of conflict of interest" with Wolfowitz at the WB to DoS, with corresponding increase in salary which is not even exhorbitatnt relative to DoS or WB personnel. And there are at least to documents that show that decision was approved by WB Board members. Yet it took WB board and special "panel" 2 years to figure out that after recusing himself and declaring to the board existence of and removing "conflict of interest" which they asked him to do, he somehow was guilty of "conflict of interest".
The only thing Wolfowitz was "guilty" of is uncovering past and preventing further corruption at WB (not unlike UN's Oil For Food corruption that we hear so little about these days), so they are trying to cook up a distraction from real issues and project their own corruption on him.
Kitten, you are consistently wrong on this, and simply keep ignoring the real issues here - Europeans trying to stage a "coup" at WB and divert attention from their own, to say it mildly, "indiscretions" . Try reading some threads about WB / Wolfowitz matter, that are not posted by you and not from liberal or European press who, as is their habit, simply ignore the "inconvenient truth" and facts - just as a Board panel did - it truly may lift the fog. But if you are prejudiced against Wolfowitz from any other issue, I guess, you'd like to believe what they print to justify your own preconceived notions about Wolfowitz.