Tuesday, September 06, 2005

U.N. reprimands itself

While the world continues to focus on Katrina, other news is still happening out there. The U.N. investigative body that was funded and appointed by the organization to get to the bottom of the "Oil for Food" scandal -- a group known ironically as the Independent Inquiry Committee -- is set to release it's final report on Wednesday. As expected, Kofi gets a pass:

Annan's failure to properly manage the $64 billion program will be strongly criticized, but there is no new "smoking gun" linking him to an oil-for-food contract awarded to the Swiss company Cotecna that employed his son Kojo, the official said Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the report had not been released.

Were the old smoking guns not enough? The report goes on to concede that corruption did exist -- get ready for this -- "even within the U.N. itself":

"As the years passed, reports spread of waste, inefficiency, and corruption even within the U.N. itself," inquiry chief Paul Volcker, former chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, wrote in a draft forward of the report. "Some was rumor and exaggeration, but much -- too much -- of it has turned out to be true."

But fortunately according to Volcker, all this corruption and filth does nothing to change the U.N.'s status as the most precious and important organization ever to grace mankind:

Yet the forward says the United Nations is the only organization in the world with the expertise and authority to handle work like oil-for-food, established in 1996 to help Iraqis suffering under the burden of tough U.N. sanctions imposed after Saddam Hussein's 1990 invasion of Kuwait.

Yes, what would those Iraqis have done without the U.N.?

Typical bureaucratic braggadocio. This whole investigation was a joke from the beginning. Let's get Bolton on the case and get some real results.

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