Monday, April 16, 2007

Get Wolfie!

From the Wall Street Journal:
The World Bank released its files in the case of President Paul Wolfowitz's ethics on Friday, and what a revealing download it is. On the evidence in these 109 pages, it is clearer than ever that this flap is a political hit based on highly selective leaks to a willfully gullible press corps.

Mr. Wolfowitz asked the World Bank board to release the documents, after it became possible the 24 executive directors would adjourn early Friday morning without taking any action in the case. This would have allowed Mr. Wolfowitz's anonymous bank enemies to further spin their narrative that he had taken it upon himself to work out a sweetheart deal for his girlfriend and hide it from everyone.

The documents tell a very different story--one that makes us wonder if some bank officials weren't trying to ambush Mr. Wolfowitz from the start. Bear with us as we report the details, because this is a case study in the lack of accountability at these international satrapies.
Please read the whole thing here.

As Melanie Phillips sees it:
The truth of the matter, however, is that faced with an obvious conflict of interest he asked to be removed from Ms Riza’s case altogether — but his request was turned down by the bank’s ethics committee (sic), which itself advised him that she should leave the bank and be compensated for this blow to her career. [my emphasis]

In other words, in this respect Wolfowitz behaved honourably; the Bank itself was responsible for Ms Riza’s promotion but chose to smear Wolfowitz — who has been campaigning against corruption at the Bank — by claiming falsely that this was the outcome of his secret machinations.

See the last post for more of the same.


Lili Gans said...

As usual, Melanie Phillips hits the nail on the head. The wolves have been waiting to Get Wolfie, as you say. They would love to destroy all "neo-cons" for obvious reasons.
I suspect that the media sees its role as having to be anti-government and so if the U.S had a democratic president, the right-wing elements would make a reappearance. I wish that journalists would report rather than create news, but they don't. If they have a vendetta against someone, as they have had with Wolfie, they will not cease until they destroy him.
Melanie was in Australia recently and nobody even bothered to interview her because our media is also leftist. Only the Jewish community in Melbourne heard what she had to say.
I left a comment on what you wrote to me on my blogspot site.

Abu Nudnik said...

I'm not sure you haven't missed the point of Ms. Phillips's post. It was Mr. Wolfowitz's anti-corruption campaign within the World Bank that may have earned him enemies, not his political bent. Wolfowitz wanted (and I assume he still wants) to change the benchmarks at the WB: he wants to measure poverty relief itself rather than money spent on poverty relief, which is a very different question.