The US administration is giving every possible signal that the next president of the World Bank will be chosen by the US. Europe seems to be giving its own signals that it agrees.
The question is however : while all seem to agree the US will pick the next president of the bank, and none is willing to challenge that long, and outdated , “tradition”, why does it have to be an American?
There is nothing that says the US must choose an American citizen. .
Bush has an incredible opportunity to show wisdom and leadership if he chooses the first non-American in the history of the bank, and scoring an enormous political win for himself and the country in the process.
Or how about having an American president, and a non-American deputy president? God only knows that having a deputy would have helped the bank function a little better over the past few weeks.