Tuesday, March 01, 2005

Is this the twilight of the neocons?
Paul Wolfowitz, US deputy secretary of defence, has emerged as a leading candidate to replace James Wolfensohn as the president of the World Bank.

Mr Wolfowitz is one of a small number of people being considered for the US nomination, administration insiders said.

The nomination of Mr Wolfowitz, one of the chief architects of the Iraq war and a former US ambassador to Indonesia, would likely be highly controversial, and could raise new questions about the process by which the World Bank chief is selected. One administration official said his nomination �would have enormous repercussions within the development community�.
It may seem odd to interpret an elevation to President of the World Bank as a sign of waning neocon influence, but consider it as one of a string of recent setbacks to the neocon cause. In August 2004 the FBI made public its long-running investigation of AIPAC. In January, Doug Feith announced his resignation. In February Bush began making noises regarding Iran that are none too sweet to neocon ears, and now in March it appears that Paul Wolfowitz may be heading out the door.

That being said, promoting incompetency always has repercussions on those who get stuck with the guy nobody can seem to fire. If Wolfowitz does for development what he did for Iraq, we should see those Millennium Goals being fulfilled sometime around, oh, 2100?


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