March 31, 2005


Wolfowitz wins unanimous bank vote (Andrew Balls, March 31 2005, Financial Times)

The World Bank's member countries met on Thursday to appoint Paul Wolfowitz, US deputy defence secretary, as president of the world's leading development institution.

The bank's executive directors approved the controversial US nominee in a unanimous vote as James Wolfensohn prepares to step down at the end of May after almost 10 years in the post.

All that hysteria for nothing?

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2005 1:54 PM

Although it got very little coverage, the president had already "consulted" with our "allies" before announcing the nomination.

Posted by: David Cohen at March 31, 2005 2:09 PM

I firmly beleive that Paul Wolfowitz has the brains and the committment to turn the World Bank into a model of what a multilateral institution should be.

Posted by: Dan at March 31, 2005 2:15 PM

Looks like the prez did what Diogenes couldn't do. He found an honest man. Looking forward to watching the fur fly. What a show it'll be.

Posted by: erp at March 31, 2005 3:47 PM

From Wolfensen to Wolfowitz?

Posted by: Peter B at March 31, 2005 3:58 PM

The hysteria will pay huge dividends. It will fortify Mr. Wolfowitz every minute he's at his post for the next ten years.

Posted by: Luciferous at March 31, 2005 4:57 PM

Wolfensen to Vulfervitz , actually.

Posted by: joe shropshire at March 31, 2005 5:49 PM

Don't worry. The feigned hysteria crowd will still find something about Wolfowitz to get hysterical about for the press and TV cameras in the future when they think it suits their interests.

Posted by: John at March 31, 2005 6:34 PM

Hey, where's that Buchananite who was hanging around the comments here a couple of weeks ago?

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 31, 2005 8:53 PM

So the FT style book allows you to refer to a unanimous selection as "controversial"?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at March 31, 2005 9:46 PM

So works the pack.

Posted by: Genecis at April 1, 2005 10:30 AM

Peter: We are still in charge.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at April 3, 2005 4:59 PM