May 01, 2007

Is Wolfowitz Looking For An Exit?

From the International Herald Tribune:
Paul Wolfowitz defended himself vigorously on Monday, declaring that it would be "unjust and frankly hypocritical" for the World Bank's board to find him guilty of ethical lapses. But he also hinted that he would discuss whether to resign as bank president if the board cleared him of misconduct...

"The goal of this smear campaign, I believe, is to create a self-fulfilling prophecy that I am an ineffective leader and must step down for that reason alone, even if the ethics charges are unwarranted," he said. "I, for one, will not give in to such tactics. And I will not resign in the face of a plainly bogus charge of conflict of interest." ...

Wolfowitz's defiant response left unclear what would happen next, but many at the bank saw it as a prelude to his eventual departure if negotiations could lead to the board's endorsement of his claim that he had acted in good faith, not favoritism, in arranging for a pay increase for Shaha Ali Riza, his companion, in 2005.
If Wolfie offered YOU a deal, would you take it? Personally, I can't help wondering if Wolfie or Gonzo might not somehow end up embroigled in the D.C. Madam case... Now that would be sweet. But imagine you made a deal with one of them just before their name came up?

I'm also wondering if Condi ever worked as one of Palfrey's "sex play" hoes, but's that just pure fantasy...



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