What does ‘negligence’ mean? if not an utter failure to exercise the responsibilities that was an integral part of her job? Her ‘integrity’ is intact? And then to plead ,to adopt the pose of political naif, as the rationalizers produce wan apologetics:
‘“The facts speak for themselves in terms of what she has done,” said Meg Lundsager, a former US representative to the IMF now at the Wilson Center, a think-tank. “She won’t be happy about [the conviction] and the institution won’t be happy about it. But she has a track record of five and a half years of doing a great job.”
Or for the Financial Times to plead for Lagarde as the victim of a conspiracy:
‘She did not go to Ecole Nationale d’Administration, the school that churns out France’s political elite. Colleagues sometimes referred to her as an “Américaine”, due to her perfect English and understanding of “Les Anglo-Saxons”.’
The whole of the ‘reporting’ on this has been about constructing a political apologetic for demonstrable incompetence. With Ms. Meg Lundsager acting as chief apologist in this installment of The Lagarde Melodrama.