Not long for this world

Wolfowitz tries to address World Bank staff, gets booed out of the room.
He’s gone.

Wolfowitz apologized Thursday for his actions, telling reporters he made a “mistake.” He tried to address the bank’s 200 employees Thursday, but quickly left after staff members hissed, booed and chanted “resign.”

As Mark Moore once said, more managers are fired by their subordinates than by their bosses. If Wolfie can’t even talk to the staff, he can’t run the place. What he didn’t wasn’t the world’s greatest crime, but the sense of entitlement and the ethical tone-deafness it displayed clearly make him unfit to serve in any case.

Next question: will the World Bank board, which normally simply appoints whoever the President of the U.S. chooses (under a deal in which the IMF is always run by a European) simply confirm whichever crooked lunatic Bush decides to favor, or will someone perform a spine implant on the board members?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com