So it looks like Paul Wolfowitz is going to get the job after all. It just goes to show that, while it's easy to see that the Bush administration is ethically challenged, Europeans shouldn't be confused with saints. European support here is clearly the result of some backroom wheeling and dealing.
Still, does anyone believe this career neo-conservative has a personal interest in helping poor countries develop economically?
On the other hand, who knows? Sometimes neophytes are surprisingly good at what they do. And it's not as if there is any direct contradiction between the philosophy of the World Bank and the free market/privatization ideology that is for American neocons a kind of religion.