Wolfowitz & Riza: How sweet it is!

The Nation
by David Corn

05/04/07

At the start of the scandal triggered by the revelation that World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz had helped arrange generous pay boosts for his girlfriend Shaha Riza, Wolfowitz declared, ‘I made a mistake, for which I am sorry.’ Two and a half weeks later, Wolfowitz had readjusted his rhetoric. ‘The ethics charges are unwarranted’ and ‘bogus,’ he said. On Friday, the Bank’s board of directors was working to complete its report on the Wolfowitz affair and pondering whether to reprimand or even remove Wolfowitz. But regardless of the outcome of the official deliberations … the Wolfowitz and Riza tale is one of Washington insiderism, a story in which a powerful player was able to guarantee that his companion would make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year and be entitled to a lucrative pension while working at a fledgling foundation with a friend of his. This is not how most public servants in Washington live...

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