Friday, May 18, 2007

Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz has finally agreed to resign from the World Bank.

The following however was his position with the board of directors when he met them while negotiating his resignation:
In a last-ditch plea to save his job, Wolfowitz appeared before the board Tuesday. "You still have the opportunity to avoid long-term damage by resolving this matter in a fair and equitable way that recognizes that we all tried to do the right thing, however imperfectly we went about it," he told the board. [link]
The article goes on to say that, "The controversy, which has gripped the bank for a month, has threatened to tarnish the poverty-fighting institution's reputation and hobble its ability to persuade countries around the world to contribute billions of dollars."

For real? More damage than bringing one of the main architects of the US invasion of Iraq to run this "poverty-fighting" institution?