The problem that is Paul Wolfowitz

Boston Globe
by H.D.S. Greenway

Paul Wolfowitz is often mentioned as the most brilliant person in government. … He is the intellectual force behind a whole new way of looking at US foreign policy. But for all of that [he] should be fired.’ I wrote those words in July 2003. It was clear by then that the Iraq mission had not been accomplished in the previous May, as the president had said, and that we were in for a long, hard war made worse by Wolfowitz and Donald Rumsfeld’s ‘fatal combination of hubris and incompetence.’ I could have added corruption. For we soon learned the extent of the wholesale corruption of the intelligence gathering process to promote the war, generated in the Pentagon and from Vice President Dick Cheney’s office. Generals who said that invading Iraq would cost more in money and troops than the Pentagon hoped were swept aside, and advice from anyone who actually knew anything about Iraq was willfully ignored...


Heck of a Job, Wolfie

Robert Scheer writes: "The Riza-Wolfowitz affair was an open secret in Washington for years, even before the couple became officially involved in the run-up to the Iraq war, during which she seems to have played a major role in influencing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's top deputy. Back in the spring of 2003, a division of the Defense Department headed by Wolfowitz's neocon crony Douglas Feith ordered defense contractor SAIC to pay Riza to figure out how Iraq should be governed after the invasion. When Wolfowitz followed her to the bank two years later, there was an obvious conflict of interest. So Wolfowitz got his lover reassigned - with a $60,000 pay increase - to the State Department."


Wolfowitz’s girlfriend problem

by Sidney Blumenthal


Back in 2003, Wolfowitz had taken care of Riza by directing his trusted Pentagon deputy, Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith — who had been in charge of the Office of Special Plans and had been Wolfowitz’s partner in managing the CPA — to arrange for a military contract for her from Science Applications International Corp. When the contract was exposed this week, SAIC issued a statement that it ‘had no role in the selection of the personnel.’ In other words, the firm with hundreds of millions in contracts at stake had been ordered to hire Riza. Riza was unhappy about leaving the sinecure at the World Bank. But in 2006 Wolfowitz made a series of calls to his friends that landed her a job at a new think tank called Foundation for the Future that is funded by the State Department. She was the sole employee, at least in the beginning. The World Bank continued to pay her salary, which was raised from $60,000 to $193,590 annually, more than the $183,500 paid to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and all of it tax-free. Moreover, Wolfowitz got the State Department to agree that the ratings of her performance would automatically be ‘outstanding.’ Wolfowitz insisted on these terms himself and then misled the World Bank board about what he had done...

Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


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