So Wolfie is now holed up in his office with a shotgun and a year’s supply of Twinkies, and he’s not coming out without a deal, ya stinkin’ pigs.
Meantime, Rick Perlstein nails it:
Let’s review the nut of the charge against him: he ordered the World Bank’s head of human resources to give his girlfriend a promotion and raise worth $193,000.
Let’s review what Wolfowitz made his central crusade at the Bank: refusing debt relief to countries he says are corrupt.
One of those countries is the Republic of Congo. That $193,000 is about a thousand times what the typical citizen of the Republic of Congo makes in a year. Save face? Anything short of seppuku, and the guy deserves more shame than Bill Buckner.
Perlstein also notes that Wolfowitz will be able to purch $375,000 worth of Dapper Dan when he actually does leave the World Bank, a sum that amounts to
about two thousand times the daily wage of oodles more than the average worker in Congo makes. [No, I’m not the money guy here….]