There just wasn’t enough room in tomorrow’s Loose Canons to announce – with proper fanfare — our nomination for Kofi Annan’s successor. The choices remaining – despite heartfelt campaigning by supporters of William Jefferson, John Bertrand Aristede and Mark Malloch Brown (Kofi’s deputy SecGen) — has been chosen from among the four finalists. It was, as
Saddam Hussein – dictator, murderer of thousands, and all around bad-guy – would have been a natural choice. But during Kofi’s early years, Saddam was de facto Sec Gen. He was allowed to run the Oil for Food for Bribes for Weapons scam from the privacy of his palaces, to run the Security Council through the time-tested method of bribery. To allow Saddam a second term would be terribly unfair to the others.
Arundhati Roy – hysterical anti-American Indian calumniast – would be a great choice but for her gender. How can
George Galloway was the runaway choice from the beginning. His performance before the Senate Permanent Investigations committee was a classic. But his taking bribes from Saddam was, at last, a disqualifier. His willingness to be bribed – along with so many others including Bad Vlad Putin’s political party and however many French ministers Saddam chose to buy (they do give volume discounts) – made poor
Steve wrote, “If not now, when? Gotta go with Ken. Only one can bring it home. That means Mista Livingstone.” And so it does. From mayor of