If the Washington Post is not lying, I think its the end for Wolfowitz. They could of course be lying, since its an even or an odd numbered day...
>>White House Shifts on Wolfowitz
Bush administration signals willingness to replace World Bank president if he is not fired from post.<<
Wolfie screwed up. When you go into a hostile situation as a troubleshooter where you are blamed for the Iraq war which has less than 5% support in Europe you have to be extremely careful because you know they are looking for an excuse.
The World bank doesn’t want his reform, as they tolerate the current level of corruption. They don’t want his management style and they want to pay back the U.S. for invading Iraq after the U.N. turned down our request for a resolution of support.
So when Wolfie got involved in the compensation of someone he was sleeping with, it was a technical error. And that’s enough when the board already wants to fire the CEO.
I agree. It is the end. He is also a potty mouth according to the final parangraph of this May 16 article from The First Post:
Paul Wolfowitz Awaits His Fate
Man in the news: Hubris to blame for the World Bank Presidents current predicament
Paul Wolfowitz will be best remembered as a prime architect of the Iraq war when he was deputy to Donald Rumsfeld. But he has been among the fiercest American neo-cons for a generation since he served President Reagan as a diplomat.
Hubris has caught up with him in his latest role as President of the World Bank, however, and in an echo of the recent fate of BP’s Lord Browne, a personal relationship is at the heart of his fall.
Wolfowitz, given the job by President Bush in 2005, was always a controversial pick. He is no friend to the developing world. He promised to ‘end’ any state deemed guilty of supporting terrorists and once destroyed a batch of 600,000 army berets because they had been made in ‘unfriendly’ China.
He declared that he would end corruption while distributing largesse from the coffers of America, the Banks largest contributor.
Wolfowitz once destroyed a batch of 600,000 army berets because they had been made in unfriendly China.
A special Bank panel decided that he ‘violated’ the code of ethics himself in the way he handled the role of his companion, Shaha Riza, who worked at the Bank.
A high-flying Libyan project director, Riza complains of being cast merely as a ‘girlfriend’ to the divorced Wolfowitz. He personally arranged for her to take a temporary post at the State Department, with a pay rise from $133,000 a year to $190,000 and a guarantee of future promotion.
Last night, he went before the World Bank’s full board and pleaded to keep his job. The Bush administration has backed him so far, but a comment yesterday by White House spokesman Tony Snow was ominous. “There are going to be conversations about how you move forward...”
As Washington awaits the Bank’s decision, an extraordinary Wolfowitz tirade reported in the minutes of a Bank meeting may go down as a grim reflection on the whole American neo-con project: “If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too.”