who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Food fights at the White House. The FT reports that the Bush administration is divided into three Wolfowitz camps. Predictably, Cheney and Rove are reported to be leading the who-cares-what-rest-of-the-world-thinks posse, arguing that loyalty should win the day. If only those Europeans would just get over Iraq already...

Paulson and a select few are apparently focused on long-term US interests (including handpicking the next president) at the Bank. Wolfowitz is a liability and should be sacrificed.

The third team of "non-ideological conservatives" appears to have recruited Rice. They argue that Wolfowitz needs to go to prevent more damage to Bush. With Bush's approval ratings hovering below 30%, team Condi's position seems irrelevant at best.

This "internal dysfunction" is aggravated by a general ignorance of what the Bank is, a lack of vision regarding what it means to the US, and a knee-jerk disdain for multilateral institutions. A Paulson camp member concludes: “From a strategic point of view we could not have played this any worse.”

Sounds familiar.

Shannon Lawrence ~ May 17, 2007

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