“Bush Picks Wolfowitz for World Bank President,” by Adam Entous, Reuters, 16 March 2005, http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory?id=586607.
President Bush has selected Paul Wolfowitz to be the new President of the World Bank.
President Bush on Wednesday selected Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a magnet for controversy as one of the leading architects of the Iraq war, as his choice for World Bank president.
This is wonderful. Baghdad Spring, and the hot chicks to go with it, would never have happened without Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz. At first I was worried that he was being “kicked upstairs,” but then…
European sources said Wolfowitz’s name was circulated informally among board directors several weeks ago and was rejected. “Mr. Wolfowitz’s nomination today tells us the U.S. couldn’t care less what the rest of the world thinks,” one source said.
French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier suggested other candidates could be considered. “It’s a proposal. We shall examine it in context of the personality of the person you mention and perhaps in view of other candidates.”
If the French are mad at the promotion of an American, I’m happy. Bush is staking international political capital on Paul’s promotion. Good luck to both of them! And God bless their work!
Update: Dr. Barnett agrees
A short comment on Wolfowitz for World Bank: He does have the background, and he’ll probably do a really good job. He wants to be his own guy, and this is one helluva job for someone with his long career of working with foreign governments. To me, it’s putting in the WB a guy who’s really smart on developing Asia (former ambassador to Indonesia famous for his immersion techniques), and that’s a huge plus right now. Getting all of Asia into the Core is more important than fixing the Middle East in the grand scheme of things–a lot more important. Having someone Bush really trusts in that job is key–a very good sign. It’s yet another amazing turn for a guy with an amazing career. I honestly see it as overwhelmingly positive, understanding the many misgivings many have about him. Comparing him to McNamara is nonsense, really. Two very different people. Wolfowitz is no technocrat, not even a Vulcan. Deep down, he’s far more romantic in his understanding of the world than anyone realizes, in my opinion. He’ll do fine. It’ll be a great choice in the end.