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Thursday, February 03, 2005

UN Oil Scandals... ooops

posted by Jazz at 2/03/2005 08:54:00 AM


If you read any of the Bushie blogs even casually, you have seen countless posts crowing about the UN Oil for Food scandal. The reason for this, as we've covered before, is quite simple. The United Nations is a painful reminder for all of the war hawks that the primarily European members of the security council were right about Iraq and we were wrong. It's a terribly embarrassing thing for them to live with, so they take any opportunity to attack France, Germany, etc. and the UN in general whenever they can. The Oil for Food scandal is their favorite target of opportunity.

That's why it's going to come as some bad news for them when they read this.

Documents: US condoned Iraq oil smuggling

These documents describe illicit oil smuggling as an "open secret" in both the UN and the United States administration.
Documents obtained by CNN reveal the United States knew about, and even condoned, embargo-breaking oil sales by Saddam Hussein's regime, and did so to shore up alliances with Iraq's neighbors.

The oil trade with countries such as Turkey and Jordan appears to have been an open secret inside the U.S. government and the United Nations for years.

The unclassified State Department documents sent to congressional committees with oversight of U.S. foreign policy divulge that the United States deemed such sales to be in the "national interest," even though they generated billions of dollars in unmonitored revenue for Saddam's regime.

And finally we see an MSM outlet putting the Oil for Food scandal in perspective.

Estimates of how much revenue Iraq earned from these tolerated side sales of its oil to Jordan and Turkey, as well as to Syria and Egypt, range from $5.7 billion to $13.6 billion.

This illicit revenue far exceeds the estimates of what Saddam pocketed through illegal surcharges on his U.N.-approved oil exports and illegal kickbacks on subsequent Iraqi purchases of food, medicine, and supplies -- $1.7 billion to $4.4 billion -- during the maligned seven-year U.N. oil-for-food program in Iraq.

If you want more information on this, here's a good resource. Were there problems with the Oil for Food Program? Certainly. It was a situation where large amounts of money were changing hands and there were human beings involved. That recipe will always produce some people looking to line their pockets, and they should certainly be investigated and charged. However, the blind illusion that Washington somehow had "clean hands" in this mess has been completely blown away.

I'm sure that all of the right wing blogs will be all over this story, since they love talking about this scandal so much. Let's take a tour of the right fringe of the blogosphere and check in on their righteous indignation over this mess.

Betsy Newmark: *silence*
Powerline: *sounds of crickets chirping*
Captain's Quarters: *seems to have missed this breaking story*

Ah, here's one! Michelle Malkin is talking about the Oil for Food scandal. Oh... wait. She's not mentioning this news at all and is just rehashing older news about UN involvement. Then again, maybe she doesn't read much besides the Washington Times and the New York Post.