Paul Wolfowitz and the World Bank

I think that Wolfowitz was a tainted choice to head the World Bank from the get-go; an architect of the Iraq war was never going to be a popular choice among Europeans. To some extent, I see a parallel between the US choosing Paul Wolfowitz to lead the World Bank and John Howard choosing Peter Hollingworth to be Governor-General of Australia. Both were seen as placing an ideological choice into a role that is, in theory, meant to be above ideology. In both cases, ideological opponents complained loudly, but could do nothing until a moral slight could be held against the appointee.

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