Thank goodness for the almighty U.N., right? Those nice centrist peace lovers. Those disinterested third parties. Those arbiters of everything good in the world.
Except for the minor issue of UN embezzlement of the Oil-For-Food program in Iraq for seven years. Oh, yeah, the UN was on Saddam Hussein’s payroll. As was France and Russia, but we already knew that.
Even more disturbing is the $10.1 billion that the General Accounting Office estimates Saddam Hussein was able to salt away “in illegal revenues related to the Oil-for-Food program.” By GAO estimates, recently revised upward, Saddam acquired $4.4 billion via kickbacks on relief contracts and illicit surcharges on oil contracts; plus $5.7 billion via oil smuggling. All this took place under cover of repeated Oil-for-Food “good housekeeping” seals of approval.
An investigation has been launched, in part, on the son of the Secretary General. This makes any Halliburton question look minor by comparison, doesn’t it?
Still waiting for The Daily Show’s take on this one, but I’m a couple of episodes behind. We’ll see what the TiVo has for me this weekend.