WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush on Wednesday selected Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, a magnet for controversy as one of the leading architects of the Iraq war, as his choice for World Bank president.
The decision threatened to set off a bitter fight on the World Bank board, which must sign off on Washington's choice, at a time when Bush has said improving trans-Atlantic relations and America's image in the Arab world will be a top priority.
Bush sought to head off any backlash over his selection, calling Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and other world leaders to make the case that Wolfowitz would be a "strong" leader of the international agency. The bank provides billions of dollars in loans in the developing world with the goal of fighting poverty.
At a White House news conference Bush described Wolfowitz as "a compassionate, decent man" with "good experience" in managing large organizations, citing his role at the Pentagon, and as "a skilled diplomat" who is committed to global development.
My question is: Can Bush still be considered a Christian after nominating The Dark Lord?