The Oil For Food Scam
Don’t miss Claudia Rosett’s piece from yesterday’s OpinionJournal on the monumental corruption of the United Nations’ Oil For Food scam: A New Job for Kay.
When David Kay recovers from his weapons hunt, there’s another Iraq-related quest I’d like to send him on. It’s time a top intelligence team went scavenging for the real numbers on the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Program—that gigantic setup through which the U.N. from 1996 through 2003 supervised more than $100 billion worth of Saddam Hussein’s selling of oil and buying of goods.
And, no, I am not talking about anything as exotic as the list of alleged bribe-takers from Saddam Hussein, published Jan. 25 by the Iraqi newspaper Al-Mada, and now under investigation. I speak simply about the U.N.-supplied numbers on Oil-for-Food’s operations. Over the past 18 months, I have periodically tried to get these figures to add up. I am starting to believe the words of an unusually forthright U.N. spokesman, who at one point told me, “They won’t.”