Tuesday, October 19, 2004

 

An Oil-For-Food Indictment?

The Guardian reports that prosecutors are preparing charges against Benon Sevan, the former head of the UN Oil for Food Program. It this is true, and he is indicted, this will have enormous diplomatic and political ramifications for the US.

It will be facinating to watch how Democrats and career diplomats react. Will they accuse Bush of attempting to exact revenge? Or of deflecting attention from his 'failed' Iraq policy? What will the French say? The Russians? How will Annan react? Does his son face any criminal liabilities? Can we recover any of the money? Are the rumors that Marc Rich played an important role in this scam true?

Very interesting, if it is true.

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