IN choosing the controversial Paul Wolfowitz as head of the World Bank — atop the appointment of the equally controversial John Bolton as U.N. ambassador and the naming of loyalist Condolleezza Rice as secretary of state — President Bush has made clear his intention to redefine not only American foreign policy but the American foreign-policy establishment as well.He details the past art of making one's self indespensible (domestic and abroad) to the "burockcracy" while performing nothing useful at all.
To any Washington Rip Van Winkle who fell asleep in the '80s and woke up yesterday, the notion of describing the Paul Wolfowitz of the Reagan years — a soft-spoken and uncontroversial State Department diplomat — as a raging neocon warmonger would seem demented.
I have indeed searched my past blogs for "Wolfie" quotes -- he is, without doubt a reasonable, straightforward man.
This fresh gust of air is blowing through the stale corridors of the Establishment like a tornado, and will change the way foreign policy is made for the next 50 years — for the better.
YES! (And about damned time!) I know I know... Rome wasn't built in a day. I'm just that excited.