Report from a reader:
Not to clutter your inbox, but I almost drove off the road today listening to BBC “News of the World” interview the dutch guy who headed the oil for food program 1999-2000:
His three most important points:
1) He and his staff had “no idea” this was going on until the very end of his tenure: “FULL POWER to the ass shields!!”
2) It wasn’t necessarily so bad, because as far as we know Saddam was hooking his peeps up with German luxury cars and other expensive trinkets, not using the money for WMD proliferation.
3) The security council never met on the subject because of the Russia/France/China vs. US/UK “rift,” and this dutch guy explained that you can’t even have a meeting in the UN unless you have consensus about having the meeting.
It was a concise, 5 minute brief on why the UN should be disbanded immediately.