The Not-So-Wolfowitz Bank

Was it just a little more than two years ago that we were slightly agog that the Bush administration was pushing Paul Wolfowitz to lead the World Bank? Indeed it was.

Since then, you may have heard, things at 18th and H Streets have not gone swimmingly. Downright pear-shaped of late. By my count, his Galbraith Score is now two, but I may be off.

These folks seem to be the go-to blog for World Bank inside scoop. I don’t think he’ll last. On the other hand, it’s not as if anyone the current US administration is likely to nominate will be received with wild enthusiasm, either Over Here, or at the Bank, or among the Bank’s clients, or…

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Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

2 thoughts on “The Not-So-Wolfowitz Bank

  1. Still its kind of poetic isnt it?

    The world bank goes round trying to get other countries to keep their houses in order and they are ruled by a corrupt stinker.

    Housekeeping should always begin at home.

  2. “On the other hand, it’s not as if anyone the current US administration is likely to nominate will be received with wild enthusiasm”

    On the third hand, it’s won’t be too many more years before no-one gives a damn what the US thinks about who the head should be because they won’t be controlling the World Bank, they’ll be begging it for funds.

    A sane administration would be doing everything they can to build up some goodwill for that day, but I imagine anyone with any say among the GWB crowd imagines that sometime in the next five years Jesus is going to call them all home, so planning for the future doesn’t matter much.

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