Lies, damned lies, and U.N. lies.
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/I> something Big Dog should be worrying about.
p>Rumsfeld — unapologetic and more concerned with killing bad guys than having cozy lunches with
columnists — drives the libs to wild-eyed hatred. On Sunday, ol' Mo Dowd was reduced to writing anti-Rumsfeld poetry out of her sheer frustration that someone in Fort Fumble has a brass pair. She, and the others, yearns for the good old testosterone-free days in the Pentagon when Les Aspin and then Bill Cohen were SecDef, when nothing was done to kill the enemy or protect the troops, but all the pressies were treated with the warm-fuzzy embrace they think they deserve. (Remember Blackhawk Down, when 18 of our best died because Clinton put them in an impossible spot, and Aspin denied them both tank support and air cover? Where was MoDo back then?) Forget it, Mo. Big Dog is there because he's damned good at what he does. Which is more than we can say for the blabbermouths of the Senate Intel Committee.
p>I've had some pretty fancy security clearances, and heard about some pretty fancy stuff. Call me old-fashioned, but it seems to me that when we're about to spend a few billion Yankee dollars on a stealthy reconnaissance satellite, its merits shouldn't be debated on the front page of the
New Yawk Times
. Maybe there are problems with the program. The press says that the new system only has photographic ability, not IR or radar, so it's blinded by weather. Whether they're right or wrong isn't the issue. This problem has no place in the media. But the U.N. does, as always.
p>CALLS FOR KOFI ANNAN'S resignation have been ringing off Capitol Hill for more than a week. Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has been leading a conservative charge to get Annan out because he presided over the worst financial rip-off in history. He has a point, but his argument was cut off late in the week when Amb. Jack Danforth said that the Bush administration wasn't seeking to remove Annan. Has Danforth lost his mind? Not hardly.
p>Keeping Annan where his is enables us to focus the real pressure where it belongs: on the U.N. itself. Annan will soon be gone. His term ends in December 2006, and we won't allow him another one. If Annan were to go now in response to U.S. pressure, the libs, the EUnuchs, and all the world's U.N. lovers would have a great excuse to do nothing more to fix the fundamental problems with the U.N. On CNN's “Diplomatic License” program last weekend, the ambassador from the Arab League told so many lies in so short a time, he must have set some new U.N. record. He said the U.N. was making the world safer, that it did great things to fight terrorism, and that its achievements on human rights were wonderful. The sad part is that he probably believes this nonsense.
p>The guy tried to shout me down when I said that the U.N. had done nothing about terrorism, and that its members should take responsibility for the Oil-for-Food-for-Bribes-for-Weapons scam. I pointed out — more politely than the occasion required — that the governments he represents aren't legitimate representatives of their peoples. They're typical of the dictatorships, despots, rogues and, terrorists who comprise about 75% of the UN's members. Until we get rid of them, and form an alternate to the U.N. comprised only of democracies, the East Forty-Sixth Street Follies will go on and on. (One dedicated reader sent me a history of the U.N. site. Apparently, it was a meat-packing plant back at the turn of the last century. It's only appropriate for the former site of a meat packing plant to now be that of the world's largest baloney factory.)
p>U.N. apologists are working feverishly, pasting one fib over another in the faint hope of keeping the U.N. glued together. James Dobbins had the audacity to write in the Friday
that Oil-for-Food “achieved its two objectives: providing food to the Iraqi people and preventing Saddam Hussein from rebuilding his military threat to the region — and in particular from reconstituting his programs for weapons of mass destruction.” Only on few occasions have so many lies been packed into one sentence. Claude Hankes-Drielsma of the Roland Berger firm, which had been hired to investigate the program by the free Iraqis right after Saddam fell, told me that much of the food and medicine imported by Iraq with Oil-for-Food funds was unfit for human use. (So much for the careful inspections by Kojo Annan's company, Cotecna, which was one of the companies paid to inspect the shipments.) Oil for Food looted Iraq, sustained Saddam, and enabled him to buy votes in the Security Council.