Tue May 8th, 2007 at 03:44:03 AM EST
As I posted in today's Salon, from the New York Times:
World Bank Panel Finds Wolfowitz at Fault
WASHINGTON, May 7 -- A committee of World Bank directors has formally notified Paul D. Wolfowitz that they found him to be guilty of a conflict of interest in arranging for a pay raise and promotion for Shaha Ali Riza, his companion, in 2005. The findings stepped up the pressure on Mr. Wolfowitz to resign. (...) The special committee was still working today on what to recommend. (...)
So what's going on here? Why the long deliberation? If this were a European busted for this (and not Bush's bbf), would they be talking this long? It's politics. But Wolfowitz must go.
I did find this interesting, and believe it is time this happened:
A senior European official said that Europeans have informally told Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr. that many of their governments, some of whom asked for the custom to be discarded in 2005, would now renew their demand, especially if Mr. Wolfowitz is forced out by a vote of the bank board.
This official said that the overwhelming sentiment in Europe, as expressed in editorials, political commentaries and even web logs, was that European governments should never again let the United States pick the president of the World Bank all by itself.
In addition, the Europeans say that they have begun signaling their intention of aiding African countries and other poor nations through their own development agencies, rather than through the World Bank or its principal vehicle for aid to the poorest countries, known as the International Development Agency.
Yes, move your international aid out of World Bank!