Wolfowitz Appointment Draws Fire

Rice taps Iraq mastermind to chair influential panel
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 25, 2008 11:45 AM CST

(Newser) – Paul Wolfowitz is returning to the Bush administration as a security adviser, and even before it was official, the appointment was drawing boos, the New York Times reports. The controversial figure will take Fred Thompson’s seat as chairman of the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, an influential group studying arms control and military issues.

Wolfowitz ended his tenure as World Bank chief mired in scandal, but for critics his role as an architect of the Iraq war is more damning. “The advice given by Paul Wolfowitz over the past six years ranks among the worst provided by any defense official in history,” said one policy researcher. “I have no idea why anyone would want more.”