KOFI'S KOOKY EXCUSE: SCANDAL IS AMERICA'S FAULT
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said yesterday the United States and Britain bore part of the blame in the Iraq oil-for-food debacle by allowing unsupervised oil exports that Saddam Hussein exploited.
Annan, addressing a seminar on the United Nations and the media, said most of the money Saddam earned was by oil sold to Jordan and Turkey outside of the $67 billion U.N. program. Only countries like the United States and Britain had interdiction forces that could have stopped it, he said. But he charged that they "decided to close their eyes to Turkey and Jordan because they are allies."
Annan said the reason for it was understandable: No one had the money to compensate neighbors of Iraq for their losses under U.N. sanctions.
"The bulk of the money Saddam made came after smuggling outside the oil-for-food program," Annan said. "It was on the American and British watch."
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Yeah..., right Kofi..., whatever. Just go, please go.