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McNamara Mark II? A number of comparisons are being made between Paul Wolfowitz and Robert McNamara. The latter also left the Defense Department to become Bank president as the Vietnam war spiralled in the late 1960s. Fred Kaplan in Slate commented that Wolfowitz: "may be a latter-day Robert McNamara—a war-weary Pentagon master seeking refuge to wring the blood from his hands".

Former UK Development Secretary Clare Short told the BBC World Service that there are two major differences, however. 1) that Wolfowitz, unlike McNamara, has shown no regret for the Iraq war. And 2) that Wolfowitz has shown no interest in poverty or development issues.

Short concluded that Wolfowitz would need a "conversion on the road to the Bank" which she saw little chance of happenning.

Dave Timms, a campaigner with World Development Movement, went further. He said it was "a truly terrifying appointment. You can't have a situation where rich countries lecture developing countries about democracy and then aren't prepared to exercise democracy in this kind of appointment".

Alex Wilks ~ March 17, 2005

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