March 16, 2005


Europeans Surprised by Wolfowitz Bank Appointment: Many Suspicious of Man Viewed as Architect of Iraq War (Keith B. Richburg and Glenn Frankel, March 16, 2005, Washington Post)

President Bush's nomination of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz as the next president of the World Bank was met with much surprise, little enthusiasm and some outright opposition in Europe, where he is best known as a leading architect of a conflict deeply unpopular here, the Iraq war.

"We were led to believe that the neo-conservatives were losing ground," said Michael Cox, a professor of international relations at the London School of Economics. "But clearly the revolution is alive and well." He added that despite recent efforts from Washington to mend relations, "Europeans are still inclined deep down to suspect the worst, and this appointment won't go down too well."

Activists decry Wolfowitz choice, analysts divided (Laura MacInnis, March 16, 2005, Reuters)
Development activists on Wednesday decried the Bush administration's choice of Iraq war architect Paul Wolfowitz to lead the World Bank, although some analysts said he might bring needed toughness to the job.

Wolfowitz, No. 2 at the Pentagon, is a divisive figure in Europe and the Middle East for helping shape the Iraq war. Some said the U.S. choice, coming on the heels of the appointment of hawk John Bolton as United Nations ambassador, highlighted White House contempt for international diplomacy.

"If the Bush administration wanted to poke a finger into the eye of every nation on Earth, it couldn't have made a better choice," said John Cavanagh, director of the Institute for Policy Studies, a liberal think tank.

It is good to be the king.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2005 5:58 PM

..., a liberal think tank.

As if.

Posted by: John Resnick at March 16, 2005 6:06 PM

Start any sentence with "Activists decry....", and count on me being for it. You don't need to tell me what the issue is. Just go ahead and count me in.

Posted by: Andrew X at March 16, 2005 8:25 PM

"We were led to believe that the neo-conservatives were losing ground..."

That's what happens when you get your news from reading fiction---the New York Times. Maybe he should have watched Fox News instead.

Posted by: ray at March 16, 2005 9:55 PM

"the Bush administration wanted to poke a finger into the eye of every nation on Earth"

F@#% 'em if they can't take a joke.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at March 16, 2005 10:50 PM