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Bush's "shake-up-the-world view" The Washington Times has a piece (scroll) arguing that the White House had tapped Paul Wolfowitz for the Bank president job some time ago. It cites Fred Barnes, writing in the Wall Street Journal, saying that "the president knew exactly whom he wanted from the start".

A linked article (scroll) in the same paper reports that James P. Rubin, who was assistant secretary of state under President Clinton and an adviser to the Kerry campaign, thinks Wolfowitz is the right choice for the Bank. The reason? Because Wolfowitz can become a champion on capitol hill for more aid.

We hear this argument has also been raised by the Wolfowitz camp with European governments. But two cautions. 1) Wolfowitz can always blame Congress's painstaking annual appropriations if more aid does not materialise, and 2) we need better and less politicised aid, not just more aid and the current US administration is not a good champion for that.

Alex Wilks ~ March 24, 2005

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