Departing World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz in a radio interview broadcast Monday blamed an overheated atmosphere at the bank and in the media for forcing him to resign…
“I think it tells us more about the media than about the bank and I’ll leave it at that,” he told the British Broadcasting Corp. “People were reacting to a whole string of inaccurate statements and by the time we got to anything approximating accuracy the passions were around the bend.”
Wolfowitz said that he was pleased the bank’s board accepted that he had acted ethically, and in good faith in his handling of a generous compensation package for his girlfriend and bank employee Shaha Riza in 2005.
Classy to the end, Wolfowitz has spared the media the full brunt of his wrath, a wrath fully justified by the conduct of the media in this matter. A decent man has lost his career; meanwhile, the buzzards and vultures continue to caw over the corpse they’ve slain. But he who laughs last laughs best. Wolfowitz may be down now, but history will remember him as a Promethean figure, languishing as a martyr for helping us all.
For my part, I only hope that one day I have the signal honor of voting for Paul Wolfowitz in a Presidential election. A wiser, more mature nation will probably see him enter the White House in 2017, or perhaps 2021. For now, we can only hope that he enjoys his well-earned respite from public office, and doesn’t turn his back on a nation of ingrates forever.
Update (by Psycheout): Yahoo News link broken. Added MSNBC link.