March 16, 2005

WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO DEVELOPMENT THAN LIBERALIZATION?:

In Europe, suspicion and worry on choice (Katrin Bennhold, March 17, 2005, International Herald Tribune)

The nomination has also caused unease in Europe's development community, which worries that under Wolfowitz poverty reduction would be overshadowed by security concerns and the war on terror at the world's chief development agency. He was one of the chief spokesmen of the neoconservative movement, advocating the spread of democracy, by force if need be.

"We all know he has strong convictions, and that is a bit frightening," said one French official who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the issue. "This puts us in a very difficult position."


Since they have none.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 16, 2005 8:51 PM
Comments

Oh, France has at least one strong conviction. France is for France.

Posted by: John Thacker at March 16, 2005 8:56 PM

He's already done more for development than he, or anyone, can as head of the World Bank.

Funny that the NYTimes was stating implying that it's problematic that the architect of an unpopular war was taking over the World Bank after McNamara had the gig for so long. I barely remember it, but wasn't Vietnam at least as unpopular as Operation Iraqi Freedom?

Posted by: JAB at March 16, 2005 8:59 PM

He's already done more for development than he, or anyone, can as head of the World Bank.

Funny that the NYTimes was implying that it's problematic that the architect of an unpopular war was taking over the World Bank after McNamara had the gig for so long. I barely remember it, but wasn't Vietnam at least as unpopular as Operation Iraqi Freedom?

Posted by: JAB at March 16, 2005 8:59 PM

Wolfowitz' name -- if I remember right, there was a webpost on another site last year that said a BBC newsreader stressed it as "Vulfovitz" -- has been demonized more in Europe over the Iraq war and the administration's Middle East policy in general than he has in the U.S., where he was simply a 'B' list demon behind Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and even Rice. None of those names conjure up "evil international Jewish conspiracy" quite as nicely for many of the folks across the pond, so it's no wonder his appointment to the World Bank would cause a bout of the vapors in those same people.

Posted by: John at March 16, 2005 11:10 PM

Perhaps a comment or two from Cheney on the French and German deficit-to-GDP ratios will shut them up.


Posted by: jim hamlen at March 16, 2005 11:36 PM

I think it is Mark Steyn that said that Wolfie was the symbol of the neocons since his name began with a scary animal and ended Jewishly.

Posted by: Bob at March 17, 2005 10:42 AM
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