Clap for the Wolfman

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Lost in the Imus/Duke shuffle this week is a hell of a sex scandal about notorious lovemaker Paul Wolfowitz.

Paul Wolfowitz's future as president of the World Bank was in jeopardy on Friday after the bank's board issued a damaging finding of facts on his role in the Shaha Riza affair and pledged to "move expeditiously to reach a conclusion on possible actions to take."

The controversy relates to Mr Wolfowitz's personal involvement in securing a promotion and a pay rise far in excess of the normal maximum associated with such a promotion for Ms Riza, a bank official with whom he was romantically involved, as part of a secondment package.

The board statement – hammered out after tough negotiation between board members – states that Mr Wolfowitz "sent the vice-president, human resources, a written memorandum directing him to reach agreement with the staff member and specifying in detail the terms and conditions."

The relationship's been public knowledge for years, by the way. Sebastian Mallaby, who knows something about the World Bank, is crestfallen.

Treating an anti-poverty institution this way would look bad under any circumstances. But the scandal is especially damaging to Wolfowitz because his leadership had generated questions already. He has alienated the staff by concentrating too much power in the hands of Kellems and the abrasive Cleveland; he has alienated shareholders by presenting half-baked strategy ideas; he has alienated borrowers by blocking loans, sometimes capriciously. Moreover, Wolfowitz has made the battle against corruption his signature issue. He of all people should have thought twice before sanctioning exorbitant pay for his entourage.

There's some huge cosmic joke here to be made about the World Bank in general, but I can't think of it.

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  1. What do you expect from a perfidious Jew?

  2. I’d comment on the post, but I don’t want my name anywhere near that first comment.

  3. Clap for the Wolfman

    Well speaking of the clap and sex scandals. Let me indulge in a little threadjack. This morning I heard on the radio, that gonorrhea has become resistant to the most common form of treatment. It is now classified as a ‘Superbug’. With treatment options limited, rates of infection by this common STD are expected to soar. As usual, blacks gays and poor people, hardest hit.

  4. Who knew that his tenure would be wracked by incompetence and cronyism? NOBODY SAW THIS COMING, I TELLS YA!

  5. Well, if all of this true, then it wasn’t very prudent.

  6. David Weigel,

    My comment should lead you to that cosmic joke, BTW.

  7. Claplike, the Bush league oligarchy has also become resistant to the most common forms of treatment.

    I looked up a pic of Wolfie’s flame.

    Kinda mannish.

    just like wolfie likes ’em, no doubt

    (you know how those fascists are)

  8. I must admit, I’m somewhat disappointed. After reading that headline, I was really hoping to read how someone accused Wolfowitz of giving them the clap.

  9. Echoing the Biz’s earlier comment – another neo-con (PNAC variety) fucks something up. Color me surprised.

  10. There’s some huge cosmic joke here to be made about the World Bank in general, but I can’t think of it.

    ?Each world gets the bank it deserves?? 😉

  11. “Cab | April 13, 2007, 9:51am | #
    I’d comment on the post, but I don’t want my name anywhere near that first comment.”

    good call. that’s usually for the best whenever, that “man” is around.

  12. Morning news:
    Wolfowitz incompetent.
    Bears catholic.
    Pope shits in woods.

  13. There’s some joke in there about how the World Bank would pay for his girlfriends like the oil would pay for the war . . . meh, to lazy to work it into something.

    I’m amazed at the kind of action these fugly old republican guys can get, the few who aren’t gay.

  14. The only thing I know about banking I learned from a former lover who worked as a bank teller. She warned me in no uncertain terms there are severe penalties for early withdrawal.

  15. Half-baked strategy ideas from Paul Wolfowitz? Say it ain’t so.

  16. The real issue here is being ignored. Just how hot is Shaha Riza?

  17. Front-page article, above the fold, in the FT today.

    Wolfie seems to have pissed off a lot of people with this, both inside and outside the World Bank. The FT is calling for his head, not because of any of this individual actions, but because he’s made the World Bank a laughingstock.

    And of course, the only thing the Bush Administration can do is say how wonderful Wolfie is.

    (Way of not getting the point, administration idiots.)

  18. I betcha Wolfie’s queer

    and this Riza chick is his beard

    actually…she does look kinda like a militant lezbo

    maybe he’s her merkin?

    urban slang note: “beard” is a women a homosexual male consorts w/ to chaff up gaydar

    “merkin” is a man who serves the same purpose for a lesbian

  19. I see that the Republican apologists haven’t come forward on this thread yet. Let me suggest some pro-Wolfowitz talking points:

    Wolfowitz’s critics are anti-Semites! What about Clinton? (repeat 100 times)

    OK, I can’t think of any more Republican talking points, so let me proceed to the “cosmic joke” angle:

    -He gave his girlfriend a pay hike “as part of a secondment package”? “Oh, Wolfie, your package is simply enormous!”

    -Vaulting ambition?

    -Hijinks at a bank? I hope they at least practiced *safe sex.*

  20. presenting half-baked strategy ideas

    Isn’t the World Bank itself a half-baked strategy idea?

  21. When I was a freshman at GWU, I had roomie who went out one day looking for a job.

    He came back and reported that he went into the World Bank, but it wasn’t like a bank at all. It didn’t have any tellers or anything.

    That’s a true story.

  22. When I was a freshman at GWU, I had roomie who went out one day looking for a job.

    He came back and reported that he went into the World Bank, but it wasn’t like a bank at all. It didn’t have any tellers or anything.

    That’s a true story.

    I believe it. That sounds like about 1/2-3/4 of the student population here.

    Did your friend eventually find a job? Perhaps as the University President?

  23. This is not Wolfie’s first indiscretion of this nature (the female kind) and we should not forget that this very female may well have been part of the root cause of our invasion of Iraq?.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=342048&in_page_id=1770

    Some guys will do anything to get laid

    ps: make sure you check the date on that article!

  24. Man, I thought only British politicians had messy affairs with ugly women…

  25. “He came back and reported that he went into the World Bank, but it wasn’t like a bank at all. It didn’t have any tellers or anything.”

    i am crying tears of bitter, bitter joy.

    he must have been very disappointed by the jack in the box chain.

  26. Just how hot is Shaha Riza?

    Abdul,
    Very

  27. He came back and reported that he went into the World Bank, but it wasn’t like a bank at all. It didn’t have any tellers or anything.

    I told you. I drove around for an hour looking for a drive-through teller window. Just bad design.

  28. Huh. I always thought Wolfowitz dressed up in drag and called himself “Laurie Mylroie”.

    I guess he could do that and still be straight, though the comment upthread about his squeeze being mannish might be relevant here.

  29. Well, at the very least I bet she was grateful and welcomed him with flowers.

    “Conquer me, Wolfie! Conquer me!”
    “Can I call you Saddam?”
    “Yes! Yes! Yes!”

  30. highnumber | April 13, 2007, 6:51pm | #
    Just how hot is Shaha Riza?

    Abdul,
    Very

    It might be pointed out that such a woman is only “hot” to a man of a “certain age”.

  31. Riza must have answered one of those “Safe Sex! Get Paid!” ads.

  32. Isaac Bartram,

    It might also be pointed out that I am only now free of the self-imposed burden of Opposite Day.

    Woof!

  33. Imus bumper of Clap for the Wolfman (recorded June 15 1997) rhhardin.home.mindspring.com/imuscut.clap.ram

  34. It might also be pointed out that I am only now free of the self-imposed burden of Opposite Day.

    Oh, shit!!!

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