Now Bush has to find a replacement, yet after this debacle he almost certainly can't appoint anyone he really wants. So Wolfowitz's replacement may well have no strong constituency of support at all.
This is a hopeless situation for the top post in a vital institution. Surely it would be possible to devise a better method.
Why not appoint a high-level; nominating committee, chaired by an American by all means, to conduct a global search and make a recommendation to the Bank's Board? Someone like Paul Volcker or Alan Greenspan would be ideal, working with a European or two, an Asian and an African - Kofi Annan maybe.They could make a recommendation to the Board, on whivch the US could have a veto, if they really want one. Then whoever was chosen would have clear backing from the Board with which she is, in any event, obliged to work closely.
This kind of arrangement works well for major companies and commercial banks. The World Bank (and indeed the IMF where the same problem could emerge) are important enough to need a best practice corporate governance framework - especially as they lecture developing couintries on their governance."