May 10, 2004


The Chicago Tribune on UNSCAM:

How much money illegally went to Hussein for palaces, for weapons, for oppression, for mischief? The General Accounting Office, an arm of Congress, puts the total at more than $10 billion.

Annan's response essentially is that the UN is being blamed unfairly for corruption over which it had no control. We'll see.

Via MEPND. Meanwhile Britainís Daily Telegraph has tracked Benon Sevan down to some fancy digs in Cyprus:

"I am going back to America tomorrow morning - I am not running away," he said. "I will talk about this when it's all over. Please don't underestimate me."

Nobody does, Mr. Sevan.

Mr Sevan's office ... was criticised last week for sending at least three letters to potential witnesses demanding their silence. The letters were unearthed by the US Congress after witnesses to its own inquiry into the oil-for-food debacle suddenly fell silent.

One letter, written in Mr Sevan's name, was sent to a consultant to the programme who had been identified by congressional investigators as a potential whistleblower.

A congressional investigator said: "This particular individual is someone we have been in contact with for more than a month. This letter has chilled his willingness to co-operate with the congressional investigation. This individual also appears to be genuinely frightened by the implications inherent in the letter."

Posted by Tim Blair at May 10, 2004 01:53 PM

Is Kerry that stupid that he thinks people are so stupid that they won't think he is stupid because of the stupid things he stupidly says he didn't say? Must be good to know you're not so stupid that you have to vote for him.

Posted by: slatts at May 10, 2004 at 02:02 PM

Oops, that comment belongs on another post. Who's stoopid now?

Posted by: slatts at May 10, 2004 at 02:05 PM

The United Nations. What a crock. More like an international version of "Murder, INC".

Posted by: The Real JeffS at May 10, 2004 at 02:16 PM