We have been told by authorities in New York that International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested for rape, and that it was a very good case with solid physical evidence. It was good enough to pull him off of an airplane, before he was ready to depart the country. We were told that he immediately invoked diplomatic immunity, which always portrays a negative picture of any incident that involves an international figure like he is. A long list of questionable indiscretions didn’t help his case much, either.
He was picked out of a line-up. That didn’t help much either.
The French conspiracy theory machine immediately blamed the far-right in their country, claiming this was a set-up to keep DSK out of the race against Sarkozy and the National Front leader Marine Le Pen. Those damned right wing bastards cannot be trusted, you know?
So DSK was pretty much forced to resign his position as leader of the IMF, as one who has suddenly found himself in this difficult position should have done. And as we would expect, the IMF did what they needed to do in this case and they picked a successor. To deflect the attention away from the years of womanizing that DSK was known to have engaged in, they chose a woman.
Her name is Christine Lagarde and she is there to restore some confidence in the leadership by returning it to its once high standard. Or is she?
Nice bio, but something prominent was missing form the NPR piece. For a closer look, we should look at another periodical’s presentation of Lagarde just before she was announced, in the Chicago Sun-Times.
French finance minister Christine Lagarde, former chair of Chicago’s Baker & McKenzie law firm, is a step closer to becoming chief of the International Monetary Fund: on Tuesday, the U.S. endorsed her bid. Her appointment could come today.
Whoa!! Did that say Chicago’s?
The NPR said she was friends with ex-Mayor Daley and worked for U.S. based Baker & McKenzie, but for some reason didn’t choose to highlight the Chicago part, too much.
So what does the administration think of Ms. Lagarde’s appointment? Let’s read a little further in the CST blog post:
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a statement, “I am pleased to announce our decision to support Christine Lagarde to head the International Monetary Fund. Minister Lagarde’s exceptional talent and broad experience will provide invaluable leadership for this indispensable institution at a critical time for the global economy. We are encouraged by the broad support she has secured among the Fund’s membership, including from the emerging economies…..”
And now that all of this is settled, wouldn’t you know that DSK’s case is suddenly evaporating?
Prosecutors have serious questions about the credibility of a hotel housekeeper who has accused former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault, and they are taking the extraordinary step of seeking a substantial reduction in his pricey bail, a person familiar with the case said Thursday.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss matters not yet made public in court, told The Associated Press that prosecutors have raised issues about the accuser’s credibility in the case against Strauss-Kahn, but would not elaborate.
A law enforcement official who is familiar with the case, but who also spoke on condition of anonymity for the same reason, told the AP that prosecutors came to believe during their investigation that the woman had lied about her activities in the hours surrounding the alleged attack and about her own background.
The new developments could represent a stunning reversal of fortune for the man whose financial and political career all but disintegrated when he was arrested just six weeks ago, reports CBS News correspondent Elaine Quijano.
But as they are beginning to say now, there still may be hope that DSK will be able to get into the French Presidential race. And knowing how much affinity the French have for socialism, he still may have a chance for a strong showing…maybe even winning. The French proved they care little for character when they elected Chirac, so why would they care about electing a known whoredog to office? They just may hate Sarkozy that much.
Actually,I don’t care much about all of that because I don’t have to live in France. What I would like to point out in all of this is, those misguided mouth foaming Frenchies (who immediately blamed the far-right in their country) may want to look again at the man they wanted to win the American Presidency last time around. There seems to be a miscalculation as to how much chaos the Chicago Leftist Machine can cause, when given the opportunity. But I am certain they will find another lame excuse to sell to the world as they have on many occasions before, and they will still sing his praises. I am sure of it.