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Kofi Annan Must Go
Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 1, 2004 | NORM COLEMAN

Posted on 11/30/2004 5:04:35 PM PST by conservativecorner

It's time for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to resign. Over the past seven months, the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which I chair, has conducted an exhaustive, bipartisan investigation into the scandal surrounding the U.N. Oil-for-Food program. That noble program was established by the U.N. to ease the suffering of the Iraqi people, then languishing under Saddam Hussein's ironfisted rule, as well as the economic sanctions imposed on Iraq by the U.N. after the first Gulf War. While sanctions were designed to instigate the removal of Saddam from power, or at least render him impotent, the Oil-for-Food program was designed to support the Iraqi people with food and other humanitarian aid under the watchful eye of the U.N.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: axisofevil; axisofweasels; corruption; napalminthemorning; neoeunazis; normcoleman; religionofpeace; wot
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Norm tears him a new one!!
1 posted on 11/30/2004 5:04:35 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: conservativecorner

Ummmm, how about the UN, better known as Useless Nation.


2 posted on 11/30/2004 5:05:14 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
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To: conservativecorner

He should have hit the road long ago. But I won't hold my breath (I might turn blue) waiting for someone to give him the boot.


4 posted on 11/30/2004 5:08:54 PM PST by Ginifer
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To: conservativecorner

bump


5 posted on 11/30/2004 5:09:14 PM PST by lilmsdangrus
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To: conservativecorner
...it was never likely that the U.N. Security Council, some of whose permanent members were awash in Saddam's favors, would ever call for Saddam's removal...

Coleman isn't (France) clear (France) who exactly (France) he's talking about (FRANCE) here...

6 posted on 11/30/2004 5:09:23 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: conservativecorner

No, let him stay. and drag down the UN for years to come. His of more value in the UN than out....


7 posted on 11/30/2004 5:10:10 PM PST by Swanks
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To: Ptarmigan
Ummmm, how about the UN, better known as Useless Nation.

Friend, I think you made a typo. I'd suggest that it is a "Useless Notion."

8 posted on 11/30/2004 5:11:12 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: highflight

Dag Hammarskjöld


9 posted on 11/30/2004 5:11:45 PM PST by highflight
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To: conservativecorner
"While many questions concerning Oil-for-Food remain unanswered, one conclusion has become abundantly clear: Kofi Annan should resign. The decision to call for his resignation does not come easily, but I have arrived at this conclusion because the most extensive fraud in the history of the U.N. occurred on his watch. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, as long as Mr. Annan remains in charge, the world will never be able to learn the full extent of the bribes, kickbacks and under-the-table payments that took place under the U.N.'s collective nose."

I dearly love Senator Coleman. I believe that it's God's blessing that we were rewarded with such a fine senator as a result of the hubris of the democrat's Funerally for Wellstone.

10 posted on 11/30/2004 5:13:32 PM PST by A Citizen Reporter
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To: conservativecorner
But... but...

Isn't it racist to demand that at black man resign?

-PJ

11 posted on 11/30/2004 5:14:24 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
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To: highflight

Gesundheit.


12 posted on 11/30/2004 5:14:25 PM PST by Socratic (Death be not proud - but put on clean underwear.)
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To: conservativecorner
Did anyone notice that CBS actually covered "Oil for Food" on tonight's newscast? It was covered in their "Inside Story" segment. I was shocked! They even said Kofi Annan was a target of the investigation. Granted they only gave the story 2 minutes.

No, I really wasn't watching SeeBS, I turned on the local affiliate for the lottery numbers, sat down in front of the computer and didn't bring the remote with me.

13 posted on 11/30/2004 5:15:54 PM PST by infidel29 (America is GREAT because she is GOOD, the moment she ceases to be GOOD, she ceases to be GREAT - B.F)
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To: conservativecorner

Who replaces him? Colin Powel?


14 posted on 11/30/2004 5:17:01 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (if a man lives long enough, he gets to see the same thing over and over.)
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To: conservativecorner
Norm tears him (Kofi) a new one!!

Yes he does! Way to go Senator Coleman!

15 posted on 11/30/2004 5:18:19 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: conservativecorner

Finally the MSM is catching up with what we've been saying here for weeks.


16 posted on 11/30/2004 5:20:47 PM PST by sarasota
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To: Right_in_Virginia

He's a Hawkeye. Gotta like him.


17 posted on 11/30/2004 5:25:47 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: conservativecorner
Norm Coleman doesn't get it. A man as sophisticated, urbane, and well dressed as Kofi Annan clearly cannot be held to the same standards as ordinary people. Doesn't Sen. Coleman understand that Annan has bigger plans and higher goals? He can't be hamstrung by ordinary standards of honesty and accountability. It's a shame that a great man with a mission should be henpecked by little minds that can't see the greater good.

He has a new world order to build.

18 posted on 11/30/2004 5:27:03 PM PST by Batrachian
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To: conservativecorner

I been telling Norm this for years ,but he still thinks
the UN has a valid reason to exist.
Maybe he's actually, (slowly) starting to come around?


19 posted on 11/30/2004 5:32:33 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Justice of the Piece: Hope IS on the way...)
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To: the invisib1e hand
Who replaces him? Colin Powel?
No... I bet Bill Clinton would just love to have Kofi's UN job. He'd have no responsibilities whatsoever, & he'd have socialist dictators from all over the world sucking up to him.
20 posted on 11/30/2004 5:39:27 PM PST by mysto
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To: Cobra64

It doesn't matter. The UN could shove it.


21 posted on 11/30/2004 5:44:25 PM PST by Ptarmigan (Proud rabbit hater and killer)
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To: Batrachian
How true...

Mr. Annan has named the esteemed Paul Volcker to investigate Oil-for-Food-related allegations, but the latter's team is severely hamstrung in its efforts. His panel has no authority to compel the production of documents or testimony from anyone outside the U.N. Nor does it possess the power to punish those who fabricate information, alter evidence or omit material facts. It must rely entirely on the goodwill of the very people and entities it is investigating. We must also recognize that Mr. Volcker's effort is wholly funded by the U.N., at Mr. Annan's control. Moreover, Mr. Volcker must issue his final report directly to the secretary general, who will then decide what, if anything, is released to the public.

There is absolutely no accountability in the upper regions of the UN - the vermin can steal, plunder, rape and pillage through the stolen money piles of the world's (mostly the US) taxpayers.

22 posted on 11/30/2004 5:46:20 PM PST by 45Auto (Big holes are (almost) always better.)
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To: conservativecorner
I still find it amazing how far ahead of the MSM we are here at FR. We have been talking about the UN/Iraq food scandal for months and only recently has it made major news.Maybe something will actually happen.
23 posted on 11/30/2004 5:53:09 PM PST by rodguy911 ( President Reagan---all the rest.)
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To: conservativecorner

"Kofi Annan Must Go" at full speed, off the Manhattan Bridge.


24 posted on 11/30/2004 6:03:17 PM PST by B4Ranch (((The lack of alcohol in my coffee forces me to see reality!)))
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To: conservativecorner
"Someone please shoot me... aim right here, right between the eyes..."

25 posted on 11/30/2004 6:04:37 PM PST by mysto
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To: mysto

Norm Coleman has been a pleasant surprise. I read reports what a hard worker he is, how he has really stuck with this UN investigation. God bless him.


26 posted on 11/30/2004 6:17:52 PM PST by LC1951
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To: rodguy911
Your observation concerning us being well ahead of the curve on major issues is dead on. I thank God every day that I don't have to depend on a select few for my news and opinion. The internet is a beautiful thing!
27 posted on 11/30/2004 6:45:24 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: conservativecorner

Bump!! He should go --it is time for a clean sweep of the UN top!!


28 posted on 11/30/2004 6:51:56 PM PST by BobFromNJ (go-Star-go)
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To: sarasota
Finally the MSM is catching up with what we've been saying here for weeks.

Try months. I first read about the oil for food scandal here on FR back in August.

29 posted on 11/30/2004 7:03:45 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (All I ask from livin' is to have no chains on me. All I ask from dyin' is to go naturally.)
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To: highflight

Geshundheit!


30 posted on 11/30/2004 7:06:26 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Ptarmigan

UN = united nothings


31 posted on 11/30/2004 7:14:13 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: mysto

Clinton is bucking for Kofi's job. Klinton made that clear a few weeks ago.


32 posted on 11/30/2004 7:17:37 PM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: conservativecorner
Kofi Annan Must Go

We'll second that and add that the UN must go.

33 posted on 11/30/2004 7:19:42 PM PST by Dustbunny (The only good terrorist is a dead terrorist)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
In this case I think it had more to do with them pulling out all the stops to ensure Kerry's election. They didn't want to touch this issue with a 10 foot pole. How could they help Kerry by exposing that the UN, France, Russia and Germany were working with Saddam to skim money from the program to the tune of $23 billion dollars. Now that Bush won re-election, the UN-MSM have focused on this issue with a vengeance. The MSM must now play catch-up on the crimes committed by these thugs and the tyrant against the Iraqi People. The UN is joke as a world body. It's the League of Nations Part 2 that will fail, as in the end countries always look out for their own self interest, and at this moment, we have no USSR or Cold War to unite America with Europe. They may realize too late that they are about to become Eurabia. With the muslim populations these countries have, they are now in a box. The Islamo-fascists could very easily wage war on these countries to a much greater degree than they can America. For Western Civilization to survive, it will require a united front from the west and our new friends from the East European States. I agree with many that this is WW 4 with the Cold War being 3. I thank God we have Bush just as England had Churchill during the countries darkest hours. Happy Birthday Winston, and God Bless George W Bush and the United States of America!
34 posted on 11/30/2004 7:39:48 PM PST by conservativecorner
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To: mysto

I don't think it's feasible.


35 posted on 12/01/2004 5:01:26 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (if a man lives long enough, he gets to see the same thing over and over.)
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To: conservativecorner

Per Sen. Coleman:


"As a former prosecutor, I believe in the presumption of innocence. Such revelations, however, cast a dark cloud over Mr. Annan's ability to address the U.N.'s quagmire. Mr. Annan has named the esteemed Paul Volcker to investigate Oil-for-Food-related allegations, but the latter's team is severely hamstrung in its efforts. His panel has no authority to compel the production of documents or testimony from anyone outside the U.N. Nor does it possess the power to punish those who fabricate information, alter evidence or omit material facts. It must rely entirely on the goodwill of the very people and entities it is investigating. We must also recognize that Mr. Volcker's effort is wholly funded by the U.N., at Mr. Annan's control. Moreover, Mr. Volcker must issue his final report directly to the secretary general, who will then decide what, if anything, is released to the public.

"Therefore, while I have faith in Mr. Volcker's integrity and abilities, it is clear the U.N. simply cannot root out its own corruption while Mr. Annan is in charge: To get to the bottom of the murk, it's clear that there needs to be a change at the top. In addition, a scandal of this magnitude requires a truly independent examination to ensure complete transparency, and to restore the credibility of the U.N. To that end, I reiterate our request for access to internal U.N. documents, and for access to U.N. personnel who were involved in the Oil-for-Food program.

"All of this adds up to one conclusion: It's time for Kofi Annan to step down. The massive scope of this debacle demands nothing less. If this widespread corruption had occurred in any legitimate organization around the world, its CEO would have been ousted long ago, in disgrace. Why is the U.N. different?"


36 posted on 12/01/2004 5:54:17 AM PST by OESY
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To: conservativecorner
I just hope Coleman gets to the bottom of any American involvement in Oil For Food. I care even more about what some of our fellow citizens may have done than what the Axis of Weasels and the UN did.
37 posted on 12/01/2004 5:57:47 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: conservativecorner

38 posted on 12/01/2004 6:01:12 AM PST by petercooper (Remember, most liberal "intellectuals" are simply educated beyond their intelligence.)
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To: conservativecorner; Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; ...
PING...
39 posted on 12/01/2004 6:12:23 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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While many questions concerning Oil-for-Food remain unanswered, one conclusion has become abundantly clear: Kofi Annan should resign

Norm is much to kind .. the whole bleeping UN needs to resign

It is nothing but a corrupt institution that stands by and allows hundreds of thousands of people to be MURDERED .. and that's just in Iraqi

We haven't even discussed all the other countries where people have suffered at the hands of the UN

40 posted on 12/01/2004 6:24:40 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: mysto
No... I bet Bill Clinton would just love to have Kofi's UN job

If I recall .. wasn't it Maddy "The Troll" Halfbright .. Clinton's UN Ambassador at the time who helped come up with this Oil For Food program ???

41 posted on 12/01/2004 6:32:32 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: conservativecorner

Annan? It's time for the U.N. to resign altogether.


42 posted on 12/01/2004 6:35:09 AM PST by dotnetfellow
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To: sarasota

Finally the MSM is catching up with what we've been saying here for weeks




I first heard of this OFF scam back in March of 2003

Kofi Annandersen: Enron-style accounting at the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/861683/posts


43 posted on 12/01/2004 6:36:15 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: OESY
In addition, a scandal of this magnitude requires a truly independent examination to ensure complete transparency, and to restore the credibility of the U.N.

Humor - the best medicine.

44 posted on 12/01/2004 6:36:54 AM PST by Homer_J_Simpson (Mission Accomplished!)
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To: Mo1

Thanks for the update. It's truly remarkable how quickly freepers nail things.


45 posted on 12/01/2004 6:43:44 AM PST by sarasota
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To: sarasota
From what I can tell, only the Wall Street Journal and Fox News has given this any investigation coverage

The other news sources may have made a blurb of a mention .. but not enough to get any notice

This is a HUGE scandal at the UN .. one that they may never recover from and the MSM pretty much ignores it

46 posted on 12/01/2004 6:55:38 AM PST by Mo1 (Should be called Oil for Fraud and not Oil for Food)
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To: conservativecorner

...to be replaced by whom?

Another third world bureaucrat who cut his teeth stealing foreign aid money from the United States?


47 posted on 12/01/2004 7:00:57 AM PST by Pete'sWife (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Mo1

It's still about the anti-Bush sentiment. And probably will be for the next four years. The MSM will just fade into oblivion one can only hope. And take their liberal ignorance with them.


48 posted on 12/01/2004 7:35:31 AM PST by sarasota
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To: Mo1; Howlin; Peach; BeforeISleep; kimmie7; 4integrity; BigSkyFreeper; RandallFlagg; ...

NORM ON LAURA INGRAHAM NOW!!!!

http://www.wjgr.com/default.aspx


49 posted on 12/01/2004 8:22:21 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: conservativecorner

I read this article and one point stuck out to me more than the others. Our troops were put in harm's way to oust Saddam Hussein because of the corruption in the Oil for Food program. If Annan and the UN had done what they were supposed to do, Saddam might have toppled years ago. Can we say pay offs? Corruption?
Wonder what the families of the soldiers think about this?


50 posted on 12/01/2004 9:30:49 AM PST by hoosierpearl (No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy, than a U.S. Marine.)
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