Paul Wolfowitz....Should He Stay or Should He Go Now?
Not to take away from a great Clash song....Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, has been accused of giving his sometimes girlfriend, Shaha Riza , SIGNIFICANT raises above what the regulations allow. He ended up paying her $193,000, some $60,000 more than the grade she worked as a transfer employee at the US State Dept. He didn't send the raise requests through the proper review boards, but odered it himself.
Wolfowitz, who was nominated by President Bush, joined the bank after serving as deputy defense secretary at the Pentagon, where he was one of the chief architects of the U.S. war strategy in Iraq.
Originally, his big focus was surprisingly, rooting out corruption. He did this by cutting off loans to some third world countries where the leaders routinely take cuts of the funds. That may have been successful, but many in the world community felt it was the wrong way to go about it as the people of those countries suffered because of this.
Within the last year, Wolfowitz has also angered more of the world by bringing bush43 doctrine into funding decisions, even though he had agreed not to when he took over the bank. This is exemplified by the World Bank's insistence that it drop Birth Control as one of the purposes of Development Loans to several poor 3rd world nations, even though family Planning was one of the specific targets of the funds he's supposed to distribute.
This morning, David Sanger wrote a piece in the NY Times that was titled: " Bush Foreign Relations at Core of Wolfowitz Flap; Key World Agencies Strongly Oppose President's Agenda". He tries to say many both here and across the world are going after Wolfowitz to get Bush43 for his actions & Priorities as President. I think it may be true to whatever extent.
But I see this a muddying the waters. Karl Rove's hallmark with one of his favorite compliant newspapers. Take your eye off the fact that it's rampant corruption and mismanagement that we the citizens are asked to not only fund, but also turn a blind eye to and call the whole row a political brouhaha. I gotta hand it to Karl. The guy is good.
Cronyinsm & corruption needs to be rooted out wherever it's found. That includes Wolfowitz & his girlfriend.
You gotta stand for something in this world. You can't say one thing and do another. That's what honor is all about. Living up to your principles by the actions of your life.