The FresnoZionism award for the ‘guy we most wish wasn’t Jewish’ was hotly contested this year. With nominees like Israeli President Moshe Katsav and Justice Minister Haim Ramon, we were sure the prize (a jar of oxidized horseradish from last Pesach) would find a home in the Jewish state. But Israel has enough trouble without that horseradish, and we’re happy to announce that it is on its way to (we hope soon to be former) World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.
Showing a combination of arrogance, greed, stupidity, and plain tackiness that even outdoes last year’s winner Jack Abramoff, Wolfowitz negotiated a contract that would make a sports star blush when he joined the World Bank in 2005. Now he’s been caught arranging a new job for his girlfriend with a salary of nearly $200,000/yr.
The irony of Wolfowitz telling borrower countries that they have to clean up corruption while he feathers his own nest is striking. The girlfriend is said to be a former ‘gender consultant’, and while I would be the last to make jokes about exactly what that entails, I wonder if it’s worth $200,000.
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