Thursday, April 12, 2007

Wolfowitz wants to attack corruption. Unless he's getting laid. Then it's OK.

Paul Wolfowitz, architect of The War Without End™ and now president of the World Bank has a little ethics problem. He publicly apologized for being such an overtly corrupt turd.
World Bank President Paul D. Wolfowitz publicly apologized yesterday for the "mistake" of personally orchestrating a high-paying job and guaranteed promotions for a bank employee with whom he is romantically involved, as new details of his role in the arrangement emerged and staff members angrily demanded his resignation.

Wolfowitz attempted to address about 200 staffers gathered in the bank's central atrium but left after some began hissing, booing, and chanting "Resign. . . . Resign." He had approached the gathering after holding a news conference in which he said, "I made a mistake for which I am sorry."

OK. So he apologizes for personally orchestrating all those cool perks for his personal pelvic affiliate. But there's more.
... the bank ethics committee, citing conflict of interest regulations, ruled that she had to leave the institution. It agreed to give her a pre-departure promotion to compensate for the career disruption. Until yesterday, Wolfowitz and his aides had insisted that "all arrangements concerning Shaha Riza were made at the direction of the bank's board of directors." Bank sources said, however, that neither the board nor the ethics committee was aware of the terms of the final agreement.
Umm, that makes Wolfowitz a goddamned liar, doesn't it? Pop a chocolate covered WMD and think about that for a minute.

You'd think after being booed, hissed at, exposed for pressuring the HR department of the World Bank and getting his girlfriend more money than the Secretary of State that he'd be a little on the contrite side of things and just keep his mouth shut. But, oh no! He proves how unbelievably dumb he really is:
Wolfowitz bemoaned that the controversy threatens to overshadow the official agenda of the bank's annual spring meeting opening here today -- including ratification of a global anti-corruption strategy and funding to reduce poverty in Africa.
Timing is everything, isn't it?

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