Send Wolfowitz to Iraq, Says GOP Lawmaker

By Justin Rood

May 29, 2007 1:12pm

Paul Wolfowitz may have been ousted from his post at the World Bank, but a free-speaking GOP lawmaker has an idea to keep the so-called "architect" of the Iraq War from standing in the unemployment line. "I would like to suggest…that maybe we give Paul Wolfowitz a new job and send him over [to Iraq] as mayor," said Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., "since the neocons got us in over there." As deputy secretary of defense from 2000 to 2005, Wolfowitz helped develop the strategy and public rationale for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. He publicly stated that coalition troops would be greeted as liberators, and the nation of Iraq would be largely capable of financing its own rebuilding through oil revenues. Wolfowitz announced his resignation as president of the World Bank last week after a bank panel found he had violated the terms of his contract by setting up a lucrative pay and promotion package for his girlfriend, Shaha Riza. Wolfowitz has defended the pay package, telling the bank’s investigative committee he was trying to avoid a potential lawsuit from Riza. Jones, a one-time Democrat who switched his party affiliation for the Republicans’ 1994 takeover of Congress, is best known as the one-time staunch Iraq war supporter who called for the House of Representatives’ cafeteria to rename its French fries "freedom fries" to protest France’s unwillingness to join the operation. The cafeteria assented, going so far as to rename their French toast "freedom toast." In 2005, Jones switched his position on both the war and the fries. Earlier this month, he was one of just two House Republicans who voted in favor of a Democratic proposal to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq by September 2008. Jones made his comment at a House Armed Services Subcommittee hearing last week. Jennifer Parker contributed to this report. Do you have a tip for Brian Ross and the Investigative Team?

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