July 13, 2004
Credit where credit is due....
The Philadelphia Inquirer has at last let its readers know about the U.N. scandal:
At least eight official investigations have begun into the largest financial rip-off in history: preliminary estimates from the GAO point to $10 billion skimmed or kicked back or otherwise stolen in the United Nations dealings with Saddam Hussein.Bless William Safire for continuing to pursue a story which is really the scandal of the year. (Unless, of course, the non-reporting of it is considered a bigger scandal than the scandal itself. It might be!)
UNSCAM has received so little coverage that few Americans know about it at all. Repeatedly, I expressed my outrage over the Inquirer's non-reporting, and, while I have been generally unsatisfied (I did get a call from editor Carl Lavin), at least they have run Safire's column.
Part of the problem may be that there's enough blame to go around to trigger a bipartisan-style coverup:
The U.N. has stonewalled three committees of the U.S. Congress, refusing to reveal its 55 internal audits, claiming that our State Department's members on the U.N. "661 committee" had approved all kickback-ridden contracts.State Department? Oil Money? Do I smell the beginnings of a bipartisan aroma?
Bear in mind that with a scandal of this magnitude, what's being exposed at this early stage in the heavily-stonewalled investigations may be the equivalent of a few bare skeletal parts being exposed just on the surface of a mass grave.
My thanks to the Philadelphia Inquirer for having the courage to run this piece.
I only hope the digging doesn't stop, because if history teaches one thing, it's that bipartisan coverups work.
posted by Eric on 07.13.04 at 09:36 AM
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