World Bank: Europe Tells Washington - We Want Wolfowitz To Walk ...
How's this for a headline from across the Atlantic?
Europe calls for Wolfowitz to quitDo we detect signs of dissent in the ranks?
Leaders from European states have told the Bush administration that Paul Wolfowitz must resign from the World Bank in order to avoid a vote of no confidence, it was reported today.
So said the Guardian this morning.
"The administration has been told that its battle to save Mr Wolfowitz cannot be won," a European official told the New York Times. "His relationship with the board is not only damaged. It is broken."As well as this.
The Bush administration is also coming under Democratic pressure in Congress to dump Mr Wolfowitz rather than confront the Europeans in a no-confidence vote.
"We do not believe the bank's mission or US interests would be advanced by such a vote," said a letter signed by the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, and other top Democrats.
Here's our go-to-the-Guardian link so you can see this story yourself.
We wonder if Wolfie will now bow to the inevitable and voluntarily cash in his chips and walk - or whether he'll wait to be pushed?
It looks like we won't be waiting long before finding out.
However, while you are waiting, what think ye of this from the New York Times?
But what about looking on the bright side? Felix Salmon of Portfolio says this affair may change the selection process of World Bank chiefs, which is currently dominated by the United States.
“This could be the single biggest silver lining to the disastrous Wolfowitz presidency,” Mr. Salmon wrote. “If that’s the case, it’s about time.”
Talk about telling it straight, eh?
Read the rest of the N Y Times' report.