3.17.2005

We're not so thrilled around here either

In a story headlined "Nomination Shocks, Worries Europeans", today's Washington Post reports on the astonishing news that Europeans are not over the moon about the prospect of neo-con ghoul Paul Wolfowitz at the helm of the World Bank. The story quotes Guillaume Parmentier, head of the French Center on the United States, whose comment sums up the European reaction:
'There are two interpretations. ... One is the optimistic one -- that this is going to take him away from U.S. policy. . . . The pessimistic interpretation is that this administration has to give sop to the far right. There was Bolton and now Wolfowitz -- where does it stop?'
Others, like Mark Leonard, director of foreign policy of the Center for European Reform, appear more sanguine:
'Let's face it, in this administration we're not going to get . . . Mother Teresa or the Dalai Lama,' he said. 'Given that, there are a lot of people who'd be a hell of a lot worse than Wolfowitz.'
Actually, I personally think Mother Teresa would have been worse. But she's dead anyway, so it's a moot point.