Africans for Wolfowitz

Africans for Wolfowitz:
Third World reformers resist a coup by rich Europeans.

Sub-Saharan Africa is the world's poorest region, and Mr. Wolfowitz has appropriately made it his top priority. On his first day on the job, he met with a large group of African ambassadors and advocates. His first trip as bank president was a swing through Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Rwanda and South Africa. He also recruited two African-born women vice presidents, a rarity at the bank.

If you're surprised by that last fact, then you don't appreciate that the World Bank has always been a sinecure for developed-world politicians. They get handsome salaries, tax free, and their performance is measured not by how much poverty they cure but by how much money they disperse.

Mr. Wolfowitz has upset this sweetheart status quo by focusing more on results, and especially on the corruption that undermines development and squanders foreign aid. Yet many of the poor countries themselves welcome such intervention.

My kind of social responsibility.

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Mr. Wolfowitz "upset" this by giving his Special Lady Friend a sweetheart job, inflating the salary against the rules and by being, in general, a crony-loving kind of guy.By the way the World Bank's Anti-Corruption Team recent stated that Wolfowitz is impeding their efforts and they would like him to resign.But clearly this is all about liberal hypocrisy, I'm sure, somehow. And not some crook in an expensive suit.

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Actually he didn't give his girlfriend a sweetheart deal, he stayed out of it and the records show he did.

The World Bank is mostly run by UN types who aren't actually used to accomplishing anything. Of course they want him out.

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