April 30, 2004

There's never enough straight-talk, but...

... there's more than there used to be, and it's usually coming from the Bush Administration...

April 30, 2004 -- WASHINGTON - The State Department's No. 2 official said yesterday that those guilty of corruption in the U.N. oil-for-food program "ought to hang."

The blunt remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage to a House subcommittee were the strongest comments the Bush administration has made since accusations surfaced in January that Saddam Hussein ripped off $10 billion from the program...

...Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, appearing at the same hearing of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, also expressed alarm at the scope of the scandal...

... "And there is every reason to think that some of it was used to buy influence with the Middle Eastern media, with a whole variety of recipients of that money. It was a money-laundering operation that was designed to buy influence, it appears," Wolfowitz added...

Reason #11 for invading Iraq. When you hear that we shouldn't have gone to Iraq because it might endanger "stability," oil-for-food is part of what they wanted to preserve...
...In a world beset right now by terrorist threats--which depend on terrorist financing--it's time to acknowledge that the U.N.'s Oil-for-Food program was worse than simply a case of grand larceny. Given Saddam's proclivities for deceit and violence, Oil-for-Food was also a menace to security. -- Claudia Rosett

Posted by John Weidner at April 30, 2004 11:26 AM
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