Mr. Wolfowitz, who has no experience running an international terror organization, struck many Washington insiders as an unlikely choice for the al-Qaeda job.
But in a White House ceremony introducing his nominee for the top terror post, President Bush indicated that Mr. Wolfowitz's role in planning the war in Iraq and bringing scandal to the World Bank showed that he was "just the man" to bring chaos and disorder to al-Qaeda.
"I've seen Paul Wolfowitz in action," said Mr. Bush, a beaming Mr. Wolfowitz at his side. "If anyone can mess up al-Qaeda, it's this guy."
Several key details in the president's plan still need to be worked out, such as how exactly Mr. Wolfowitz will infiltrate al-Qaeda and rise to the top position in its ranks.
"Al-Qaeda closely screens all of its top officers," says Hassan El-Medfaii, head of the terror network's human resources department. "It's not like the Defense Department or the World Bank."
Even if he ascends to its top post, it remains to be seen whether Mr. Wolfowitz will be happy at al-Qaeda, according to Prof. Davis Logsdon, chairman of the Department of Wolfowitz Studies at the University of Minnesota.
"Al-Qaeda is not like the World Bank," Logsdon says. "For one thing, it's much harder to meet girls there."
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