March 16, 2005


Paul Wolfowitz for the World Bank, eh? That's nice. That should shake the Bank away from its oh-so-quaint recent focus on climate change and poverty real quick... Seriously, though, leave the "Europe'll be pissed" stuff aside. When the main criticisms of the Bank over the past 50 have been that it pursues outlandish, grandiose projects with stubborn single-mindedness and little to no regard for local expertise, cultural complexities, or any facts on the ground, really, and at a time when the Bank has only just started to change its ways, why oh why would you put Paul Wolfowitz back in the mix?

Oh well. Back to building visionary "freedom dams" in India. Good god.
-- Brad Plumer 1:00 PM || ||