Bill Berkowitz reports that Paul Wolfowitz "has been offered a position as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board -- formerly known as the Arms Control and Nonproliferation Advisory Board -- a prestigious State Department panel. The 18-member panel, which has access to highly classified intelligence, advises Condoleezza Rice on disarmament, nuclear proliferation, WMD issues and other matters. Wolfowitz will replace former senator Fred Thompson, who quit over the summer to run for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. ... 'Wolfowitz will get some image redemption being back in the White House and involved with foreign policy, with a title to his name and access to and the blessings of Bush, Cheney and presumably Rice,' John Stauber ... told Media Transparency via an e-mail exchange. Stauber pointed out that since this 'is a lame duck Administration responsible for the biggest foreign policy disaster in US history,' it is probably having 'a difficult time filling positions because no one wants to book a ride on a doomed vessel.' ... One of the other big issues remaining for the Bush presidency is whether or not it will 'attack Iran or Syria and expand the war in the Middle East,' said John Stauber. ... 'Whatever the Administration decides to do, Wolfowitz is a team player with Bush and Cheney and he can perform any role they designate.' "
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