Happier days when the architect of war was presiding over the “liberation” of Iraq.
This is his threatening vulgar statement to some senior officials of the World Bank if they were to reveal the special favours he dispensed for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza, a World Bank employee; I understand he lives with her in Chevy Chase, Maryland. A cushy raise, salary paid for by the World Bank and a job transfer to the terror network’s propaganda arm: the State Department of the United States. Unlike American newspapers that seem muted in their condemnation of this criminal, neoconservative former deputy secretary of defence, The Guardian is more comprehensive and direct in its coverage:
[Excerpts] Sounding more like a cast member of the Sopranos than an international leader, in testimony by one key witness Mr Wolfowitz declares: “If they fuck with me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too.” [Emphasis added.]
The remarks were published in a report detailing the controversy that erupted last month after the size of Ms Riza’s pay rises was revealed. The report slates Mr Wolfowitz for his “questionable judgment and a preoccupation with self-interest”, saying: “Mr Wolfowitz saw himself as the outsider to whom the established rules and standards did not apply.”
The report brushed off Mr Wolfowitz’s defence that he thought he had been asked to arrange Ms Riza’s pay package, observing that “the interpretation given by Mr Wolfowitz … simply turns logic on its head”…
The angry comments attributed to Mr Wolfowitz came from damning testimony by Xavier Coll, head of human resources at the bank, who provided investigators with his notes of a meeting with Mr Wolfowitz last year. The notes directly contradict Mr Wolfowitz’s assertions that the details of Ms Riza’s treatment were properly shared with senior bank officials.
In March last year, when a mention of Ms Riza’s secondment outside the bank to avoid rules about partners was first published in the magazine US News & World Report, an angry Mr Wolfowitz accused Mr Coll of leaking the information.
According to Mr Coll’s notes: “At the end of the conversation Mr Wolfowitz became increasingly agitated and said that he was ‘tired of people … attacking him’ and ‘you should get your friends to stop it’. Mr Wolfowitz said, ‘If they fuck me or Shaha, I have enough on them to fuck them too’,” naming several senior bank staff he felt were vulnerable. [Emphasis added.]
Mr Wolfowitz appears before the bank’s executive board today to make a final defence of his actions, with the board meeting tomorrow to consider the report and make a statement later in the week.
With Mr Wolfowitz so far refusing to step down, the board may need to take radical action to break the stalemate. Members have discussed a range of options, including sacking Mr Wolfowitz, issuing a vote of no confidence or reprimanding him. Some board members argue that a vote of no confidence would make it impossible for him to stay in the job.
Professor Kirstein comment: I recognise this language is offensive and degrading. I am also aware my blog is on a university server. This quotation, however, is from a major world figure and the source is from one of the world’s preeminent newspapers. I have chosen to include it to demonstrate how the World Bank president approaches his colleagues and attempts to retain his position despite execrable conduct.