Wednesday, September 07, 2005

The Blaaaaaame Game - Let's do Georgie!!!

The scum that’s floating in the streets of New Orleans is nothing compared to the scum that’s managing (and I use that word loosely) the relief and recovery efforts. Chertoff and Brown simply confirm their incompetence every time they open their mouths. The Little Prince says there will be an investigation into what went wrong with his administration’s response. Oh – and he’ll lead the investigation. The Democrats want an independent entity, like the 9/11 Commission, to do the investigating.

I just hope that whatever form it takes, the inquiry is as thorough as this one

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 7 -- A U.N.-appointed panel investigating corruption in prewar Iraq's oil-for-food program delivered a scathing rebuke of Secretary General Kofi Annan's management of the largest U.N. humanitarian aid operation and concluded that Kojo Annan took advantage of his father's position to profit from the system.

Because I am sure the reactions to findings of mismanagement at the DHS and FEMA will be just as swift and strong as those to the findings of mismanagement of the oil-for-food program:

U.S. Ambassador John R. Bolton seized on the report's findings to advance his case for greater independent oversight of U.N. spending, citing the need "to reform the U.N. in a manner that will prevent another oil-for-food scandal. The credibility of the U.N. depends on it."

Bolton accused dozens of developing countries "who are in a state of denial" with resisting attempts to agree on such changes before 170 world leaders arrive in New York next week for a summit on poverty and U.N. reform.
Congressional leaders said the report raises questions about Annan's capacity to lead the organization.

"The flagship of international diplomacy ran aground while Kofi Annan was at the helm," said Rep. Christopher Shays (R-Conn.), who is heading an investigation into U.N. corruption. "The critical question now is whether the secretary general can provide the management direction needed to restore U.N. credibility and effectiveness."

Maybe we should put Paul Volcker in charge of the investigation. Although that doesn’t guarantee we’ll still learn all the facts:

The report also criticized Russia and China for refusing to turn over documents to U.N. investigators or to require officials or businessmen to be interviewed.

It also accused U.S. officials of approving "the single largest episode of oil smuggling" out of Iraq, by Jordan, in the weeks before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The United States and Jordan declined Volcker's requests for interviews and documents, the report said, saying his panel had no authority to investigate oil smuggling outside the oil-for-food program.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The U N SUCKS and really don't have any credibility anyway!!!

2:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What else do you expect from an organization that consists of (1) maybe thirty actual countries (US, UK, the EUs, Canada, Oz, Turkey, etc.), plus (2) over a hundred kleptocracies whose "governments' consist of whatever little gang of thugs has all the guns? (One of which happens to be the SecGen's home turf.) What they found in the Oil-For-Food program is just "business as usual" in places where the government is whoever is the most efficient gang of crooks. Has anyone ever considered the irrationality that, in the UN General Assembly, a snakepit like Sudan, or a "family business" like Myanmar, has the same voting weight as a country the size of China? This means that, as long as the little gangs of thugs stick together, they can always outvote the real countries- and make sure the UN is run for their benefit by corrupt and/or clueless types like Mr. Annan. The Un is close to going the way of the League of Nations- and it's death will go down in history not as murder, but as suicide.

7:24 AM  
Anonymous ice weasel said...

Oh my the trolls are thick here.

What's sad is that of the big players in "oil for food", American companies were the biggest hogs. Whatever Anan, et. al. managed to skim off is chickenfeed in comparison.

Then take the pooch screwing in Iraq that called itself the CPA. That bunch of douchebag wingnuts actually just plain (and quite literally) "lost" money. Pallets of money.

Now it looks as the rethugs are set to roll out the pork barrel once again for a feeding frenzy under the coover of disaster assistance. Shame on them. And shame on any democrat who wallows along with them.

Oh, and let the continued Brazilification of America continue. Please!

1:33 PM  

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