From the â€˜Youâ€™ve Got to be Kiddingâ€™ Files: Wolfowitz Getting Cushy Defense Job?
December 3, 2007
Holy jebus ...
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 Bankâ€”amid allegations that he improperly awarded a raise to his girlfriendâ€”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.
Wolfowitz, now a visiting scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, will replace former senator Fred Thompson, who quit over the summer to run for president.Iâ€™m sitting here dumbstruck.
Joshua Holland is an editor and senior writer at AlterNet.