Robert Zoellick, chosen by George Bush Jnr to head the World Bank:
The [international monetary] system should also consider employing gold as an international reference point of market expectations about inflation, deflation and future currency values…. Although textbooks may view gold as the old money, markets are using gold as an alternative monetary asset today.
ZoellickÂ´s predecessor was the even less qualified neocon warmonger Paul Wolfowitz.
Can someone remind me – and, moreÂ´s the point, Dilma Rousseff, Manmohan Singh, and the rest of the class of developing-country leaders – exactly why the United States gets to treat this really quite important and technically demanding job as a patronage reward for pensioned-off apparatchiks?
Wait a minute, when Wolfowitz quit in disgrace in 2007 :
Brazil, South Korea, China and Pakistan were among a group of developing nations that called for a more transparent process for selecting the head of the bank …
The calls will be much less deferential next time.
Update 11 November
Zoellick has walked back from his gold-bug sentence – but doesnÂ´t rescue his reputation.