Wolfowitz, Tobias and the DC Madam: Washington’s Season of Scandal

Poor Paul Wolfowitz. The man lied to get the United States into a disastrous war, with hundreds of thousands of casualties and hundreds of billions in taxpayers’ money lost…and then he got tagged for helping his girlfriend get a measly USD$193,500 job at the World Bank. Doesn’t seem fair. It is as if he had gotten away from robbing a bank with nothing more than a parking ticket on the getaway car.

His friends protest; they say the car was parked legally.

But Wolfowitz is a very lucky man. Hanging would have been getting off easy. And he won’t even get any points on his driver’s license.

‘Tis the season for scandal in Washington. We hear that Randall Tobias, Deputy Secretary of State and former CEO of Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY), has resigned for having patronised the escort services of one Miz Julia, now known as the ‘D.C. Madame.’

But he did nothing illegal, he swears. He ordered up the girls to his condo ‘like pizza.’ He just wanted a massage. What’s the harm in that?

Miz Julia’s clientele also extended to lowly pols and pontificators, like Dick Morris of Clinton fame, and Harlan ‘Shock and Awe’ Ullman, the Clausewitz of the Iraq debacle.

Domino’s must have changed a great deal since we last patronised it. The most exciting thing we ever got from the firm was pepperoni and cheese.

Bill Bonner
Markets and Money

Bill Bonner

Bill Bonner

Since founding Agora Inc. in 1979, Bill Bonner has found success and garnered camaraderie in numerous communities and industries. A man of many talents, his entrepreneurial savvy, unique writings, philanthropic undertakings, and preservationist activities have all been recognized and awarded by some of America’s most respected authorities. Along with Addison Wiggin, his friend and colleague, Bill has written two New York Times best-selling books, Financial Reckoning Day and Empire of Debt. Both works have been critically acclaimed internationally. With political journalist Lila Rajiva, he wrote his third New York Times best-selling book, Mobs, Messiahs and Markets, which offers concrete advice on how to avoid the public spectacle of modern finance. Since 1999, Bill has been a daily contributor and the driving force behind Markets and Money.

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