Skip to comments.Liberal Lunatic of the Day (3/28/2005)
Posted on 03/28/2005 6:46:39 AM PST by Beckwith
Kofi Annan, the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, is said to be struggling with depression and considering his future. Colleagues have reported concerns about Annan ahead of an official report this week that will examine his son Kojos connection to the controversial Iraqi oil for food scheme. Depending on the findings of the report, by a team led by the former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, Annan may have to choose between the secretary-generalship and loyalty to his son. American congressional critics of the UN are already pressing him to resign over the mismanagement of the oil for food program and even his supporters have been dismayed by the scandals on his watch, including the sexual abuse of children by UN peacekeepers in Congo.
Annans moods , according to one close observer at the UN were like a sine curve and that he appeared near the bottom of the trough.
Annans son, Kojo, 29, was employed by a Swiss company, Cotecna, but left before it won one of the contracts under the oil for food program. Last week it was disclosed that he received up to $400,000 from the company. The UN confirmed that Kofi Annan met three times with executives of the firm, twice before the award of the oil for food contract and once afterwards. New scandals continue to erupt. One revelation last week was that the UN had agreed to pay legal fees for Benon Sevan, the disgraced head of the oil for food program, out of the funds raised from the Iraqi oil sales.
Kofi Annan is going to find his position increasingly untenable, said Nile Gardiner, an expert on the UN at the conservative Heritage Foundation. There is a strong possibility he will resign voluntarily because of his declining credibility. In the end Annans feelings may be more decisive than the facts.
link: Depressed Annan close to quitting over UN scandals
Not low enough yet. Keep dropping like a stone.
We all owe Kofi a debt of gratitude.
He has done more than anyone to discredit the UN, and to make generally credible the idea that the US needs to get out.
His home continent ? That would be St. Paul, MN, wouldn't it ?
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