Monday, December 03, 2007

A Shameless Return

Thanks to a tip from 1Watt, Hermit in the comment section of Eschaton, I did something I rarely do: I ambled over to the Newsweek site to read an article by Michael Isikoff. In a way, I wish I hadn't. The news stunned me: Paul Wolfowitz is about to return to government service.

Yes, the man who was fired by the World Bank for giving his girl friend a sizeable raise, the man who led the charge for the disasterous war in Iraq is about to hire on with the State Department.

Don't ever say the Bush administration doesn't take care of its own. Nearly three years after Paul Wolfowitz resigned as deputy Defense secretary and six months after his stormy departure as president of the World Bank—amid allegations that he improperly awarded a raise to his girlfriend—he's in line to return to public service. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has offered Wolfowitz, a prime architect of the Iraq War, a position as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board, a prestigious State Department panel, according to two department sources who declined to be identified discussing personnel matters. The 18-member panel, which has access to highly classified intelligence, advises Rice on disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters. "We think he is well suited and will do an excellent job," said one senior official.

The sad part is that there isn't a damned thing we can do about it: the position does not require Senate confirmation. Nobody will be asking any questions as to his past history on advising the administration on such matters as "disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters."

...his selection has raised more than a few eyebrows within State because he'll be providing advice on some of the same issues that critics say the administration got spectacularly wrong when Wolfowitz was pushing the case for the Iraq War at the Pentagon.

I'm beginning to think that the Neocons would be impervious even to silver bullets and wooden stakes. We know that shaming them doesn't work and nobody seems to have the stomach or the spine to indict.

This is going to be a long year.



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