Wolfowitz and the World Bank?
Like him or not, our fearless leader is full of surprises - and Bush's nomination of Paul Wolfowitz, a major player (architect?) in the Iraq War, for World Bank President is truly one of the doosies. Given his reputation as a "unilateralist" during the 2003 invasion, it will be a tough sell - especially beyond our own borders.
Although no government has yet to openly oppose this nomination, there are uneasy feelings being shared "off the record" by some foreign diplomats, especially after this administration's former Under-Secretary of State John Bolton having been named as our new U.N. Ambassador.
Is this a move by the president to "put a stamp" on the World Bank? No doubt - but what of Wolfy's credentials? Surpisingly enough, he is very qualified for this position with his education and experience, as follows (courtesy of http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A39858-2005Mar16.html):
- Bachelor's degree in mathematics, Cornell University, 1965
- Doctorate, political science, University of Chicago, 1972.
- Deputy secretary of defense, 2001-present
- Dean, School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, 1994-2001
- Taught at the National Defense University, 1993
- Undersecretary of defense for policy, 1989-93
- Ambassador to Indonesia, 1986-1989
- Assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, 1982-1986
- Headed State Department's policy planning staff, 1981-82
- Deputy assistant secretary of defense for regional programs, 1977-80
- Special assistant for Strategic Arms Limitation Talks, 1976-77
- With U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1973-77
- Taught at Yale University, 1970-73