Thursday, February 03, 2005

Oil for Food, Part Eleven: This Song Sounds Familiar

The scenario: conservative journalists and bloggers throw a spotlight on a scandal the MSM would just as soon forget. The blistering criticism forces the organization implicated to sanction an independent investigation. As the time for the findings of the investigation nears, the conservatives begin to fear a whitewash. Finally, the report is released, and is quite damning in the individual details, but too tame in the conclusions drawn.

Rathergate? How about Oil-For-Food?

From the Associated Press:

A sweeping investigation of the U.N. oil-for-food program accused program chief Benon Sevan of a conflict of interest, saying Thursday his conduct in soliciting oil deals was "ethically improper and seriously undermined the integrity of the United Nations.''
Although Sevan said he never recommended any oil companies, the investigation led by former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker concluded that he repeatedly solicited allocations of oil from Iraq under the program and "created a grave and continuing conflict of interest.''

To be continued...

UPDATE 4:48 p.m. central: Thanks to the Instapundit for the link and welcome to those of you who haven't been here before. Take a look around, kick your shoes off, and stay a while...

UPDATE 2 5:12 p.m. central: The reaction to the report is quite similar, too: the small fish get fried and the big one swims away (so far)...

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