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"Just keep 'em barefoot and pregnant."

This morning, I read two accounts of the Paul Wolfowitz/Shaha Riza "scandal" at the World Bank. At least, I think they were about the same thing -- they so little in common, I wonder if they were about two different couples with the same name.

The first was from the Boston Herald. According to columnist Dale McFeatters, Riza was little more than a modern-day Elizabeth Ray, Wolfowitz' concubine that he kept around (and gave raises and promotions to) to feather his own nest and keep her happy.

The other account is from the Opinion Journal. In that piece, former World Bank Director Robert Holland talks about a two-career couple, both highly driven, who tried to follow all the rules and abide by all the protocols without having to choose between their jobs and their relationships -- and were sabotaged by those they thought they could trust to act honorably.

So, which account is more credible?

Well, one of them relies on innuendo, snide remarks, stereotypes, and cheap shots. The other uses personal experiences and knowledge, facts, quotations, citations, and lays out a very compelling theory as to why this "scandal" broke now -- and how.

So, which to believe? Normally, I'm not swayed by titles and credentials. But in this case, I'd have to say that Mr. Holland's account is far, far more plausible.


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Some of the sufferers of po... (Below threshold)
kim:

Some of the sufferers of post-partum depression are better off pregnant.
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Is wolf still married? I r... (Below threshold)
jeff:

Is wolf still married? I read that he and his wife are separated. I seriously hope he is not still married.

Jeff,Doesn't matter ... (Below threshold)
Mike:

Jeff,
Doesn't matter if he is married or not, just ask Newt and Rudi. Or the convicted Duke who had some ho's supplied to him by Foggo. Or Clinton, and most other politicians.

Boston Herald...pshaw, its ... (Below threshold)

Boston Herald...pshaw, its nothing but a tabloid, if you read that editorial. The Wall Street Journal's opinion was a good read, quite informative. I had no idea that its employment was even worse than our federal governments'. Apparently "virtually all bank managers have concluded that no one can be fired".

The world bank, like the UN, is becoming an anachronism with its own scandals. Wolfowitz is apparently becoming the scapegoat and for all the scandals taking place. He has been anti-corruption, so many members who are fraught with corruption wouldn't be sorry to see him go.

Robert Holland 111 was a f... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Robert Holland 111 was a fishing buddy of George Bush, a Dallas lawyer and served as General Counsel for oil conglomerate Triton Energy, from 1994 to 1998. He also served briefly as CEO of Triton during this period. He left Triton in 1999 to become managing partner of business consulting firm, Texas Limited. George Bush invited Holland to a sleepover at the Texas Governor's Mansion and later nominated Holland to be a World Bank alternate executive director in 2001..He was also a republican Pioneer's club member in 2000, raising over $100,000. for Bush's campaign. Those are some of his titles and credentials. No great surprise he is defending Bush's choice Wolfowitz.

Robert Holland 111 was a... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Robert Holland 111 was a fishing buddy of George Bush, a Dallas lawyer and served as General Counsel for oil conglomerate Triton Energy, from 1994 to 1998. He also served briefly as CEO of Triton during this period. He left Triton in 1999 to become managing partner of business consulting firm, Texas Limited. George Bush invited Holland to a sleepover at the Texas Governor's Mansion and later nominated Holland to be a World Bank alternate executive director in 2001..He was also a republican Pioneer's club member in 2000, raising over $100,000. for Bush's campaign. Those are some of his titles and credentials. No great surprise he is defending Bush's choice Wolfowitz.

So no ACTUAL dispute of what was said, just who said it.

Why is it that the most racist and misogynist comments are said by the left?
-=Mike

They're pizened with hate, ... (Below threshold)
kim:

They're pizened with hate, most of them; the rest are uncertain and worried.
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Wasn't Riza the name of the... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Wasn't Riza the name of the "free love" planet with all the hot babes on Star Trek Next Generation? There could be far more to this story than meets the eye...

Mikesc. I was just... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Mikesc.
I was just pointing out the credentials of Robert Holland 111, that Jay first alluded to....I assume being a loyal oil crony of Bush was no handicap as a qualification to being appointed by Bush as a director of the World Bank (it may have been the only one that mattered.).And just as Wolfie's position as a hand picked President, seemed to more more an extension of Bush administration patronage to find a place for one of their own, with little thought to finding the most qualified candidate.. ala L. Paul Bremer whose highest previous position was ambassador to the Netherlands, being sent to Baghdad to run Iraq. Wolfie had never had any experience in running a public or private corporation and banking or the Treasury. His most touted relevant experience in international development was his tour as ambassador to Indonesia. Certainly, I'll accept, as Holland says Wolfie, with his neo-con reputation that preceded him, has had a running, uphill battle, with the entrenched World Bank bureaucracy, and the arcane rules such as the one that prohibits you to have a (pre-existing at least) girlfriend on the payroll of the World Bank.

Sorry MikeSc that was my mi... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Sorry MikeSc that was my mistake. I hit the wrong button . The previous post was by me ..Steve Crickmore

<a href="http://www.realcl... (Below threshold)
Murphy:
What's amazing is that slim... (Below threshold)

What's amazing is that slimy Wolfowitz even has a girlfriend! Unless she's really a he and walking around in drag maybe, or some kind of confused transgender like Ann Coulter. Then it would make more sense, since practically all the Republican sex scandals involve homos, LOL.

What a bunch of hypocrites, saying they're against gay marriage while they're afraid to come out of the closet themselves. Look all you queer Repugs, instead of wallowing in self-loathing like you do and trying so hard (unsucessfully) to hide it, why don't you just be honest for a change?

"Dances With Fascists", who... (Below threshold)
Murphy:

"Dances With Fascists", who was that you were dancing with now? Rosie? Fast dance? Slow dance?

I assume being a loyal o... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

I assume being a loyal oil crony of Bush was no handicap as a qualification to being appointed by Bush as a director of the World Bank

It doesn't make his statements, somehow, worthless. If he knows the people, I'll take it more seriously than the NY Times story, which reeked of anonymous sources with axes to grind.

And just as Wolfie's position as a hand picked President, seemed to more more an extension of Bush administration patronage to find a place for one of their own, with little thought to finding the most qualified candidate.. ala L. Paul Bremer whose highest previous position was ambassador to the Netherlands, being sent to Baghdad to run Iraq.

You mean a President names people to positions because they agree with him? Shocking.

Was Bremer qualified to run Iraq? Possibly not. Was, for example, Janet Reno qualified to be A.G? No, she was not even close.

It's not a good thing, but it's not exactly unheard of.
-=Mike

ANOTHER (poor) propaganda p... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

ANOTHER (poor) propaganda piece by the Gigot-era, highly degraded Wall Street Journal (OJ).

Painting "Holes" Wolfowitz as UNION BUSTER against the World Bank "Dracula"? Dracula's tomb was the only cushy pay-off this bungler could get without congressional approval. Did the WBank need Wolf, or did wolf need the job?

And what union buster doesn't deserve a $250,000/yr mistress paid for by their employer? Especially one who fights the malevolent forces of Male Chauvinism by day. Channelling Simone de Beauvoir?

By the listless tone of the piece, Holland is just doing his duty by adding his own pro forma testimonial . Probably ended the request with, "and don't ask me for anything else! We're even/ you owe me.

Or you could read Clarice F... (Below threshold)
kim:

Or you could read Clarice Feldman's account in the American Thinker.
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Or you could read the Washi... (Below threshold)
kim:

Or you could read the Washington Post editorial, today, Sunday. Sometimes I really appreciate your sense of timing, bD.
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Do you like it bD?==... (Below threshold)
kim:

Do you like it bD?
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Jay has a new post up about... (Below threshold)
kim:

Jay has a new post up about Paul.
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