The official investigation of the United Nations oil-for-food program has determined what everyone already knew: The $64 billion humanitarian program was corrupt. The report, which wonâ€™t be released until Wednesday but has been partially obtained by the Associated Press, notes that the program did help some Iraqis get needed health care, but that these achievements were overshadowed by “endemic corruption.” Though there reportedly is no smoking gun linking U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan directly to the corruption, the investigation does partly blame Annan for the scandal, as well as France and Russia, which profited from the oil contracts. Again, tell us something we didnâ€™t already know.
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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