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How to Move Iraq Forward (Kofi Annan takes credit for Iraq vote)
Washington Post ^ | 2/12/05 | Kofi Annan

Posted on 02/12/2005 8:27:21 AM PST by jalisco555

The success of the Jan. 30 elections in Iraq has created an exciting moment of opportunity. It matters greatly that Iraq's transition is a success. I am determined to make certain that the United Nations will play its full part in helping the Iraqi people achieve that end.

But it also matters that the international community, which has been angrily divided over Iraq, now recognizes that we all share a common agenda: to move Iraq from the starting point -- its successfully completed elections -- to a peaceful, prosperous and democratic future.

Even the scars left by past differences can be turned into opportunities. Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail. Now is the time for us to draw on that capital.

I want to capture this moment, and I encourage the international community to come together around Iraq through the United Nations.

No one can fail to have been moved by the Iraqis' display of courage at the polls. The United Nations is proud of the assistance it was able to give them, both in developing the political base for elections and in the technical preparations. We helped to draft the electoral law and to form the Independent Electoral Commission, which ran the elections. A U.N. electoral team of more than 50 staff members in Baghdad, Amman and New York supported the commission. The United Nations trained the commission's members and several hundred other electoral workers, who in turn trained thousands more, and we have advised and supported them throughout the process.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: annan; corruption; hypocrisy; iraq; iraqielection; progress; un
I don't know whether to laugh or hurl.
1 posted on 02/12/2005 8:27:22 AM PST by jalisco555
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To: jalisco555

Looks to me like the USA had nothing to do with it. Huh. Heavens forbid that President Bush would get any credit. GET US OUT OF THE UN NOW.


2 posted on 02/12/2005 8:32:36 AM PST by mom-7
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To: jalisco555
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail. Now is the time for us to draw on that capital.

Credibly wrong? Busted flush capital? We'll stand for the groups that don't want freedom? WTF? Oh, maybe the UN getting it all wrong was strategerie on their part to get in with the bad guys.

3 posted on 02/12/2005 8:33:17 AM PST by NonValueAdded ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good" HRC 6/28/2004)
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To: jalisco555
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail.

Somebody make sense out of this for me, because I can't.

4 posted on 02/12/2005 8:38:00 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: NonValueAdded

The only thing KOFI ANNAN can claim about Iraq is that his crimes and complicity with the oil deal, caused alot of Iraqis to starve or go hungry.

The sooner the UN is thrown out of the US, the better. Why is this taking so long???


5 posted on 02/12/2005 8:38:19 AM PST by EagleUSA
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To: NonValueAdded

I see we both had trouble with that bit.


6 posted on 02/12/2005 8:38:33 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: mom-7
Looks to me like the USA had nothing to do with it. Huh. Heavens forbid that President Bush would get any credit. GET US OUT OF THE UN NOW.

I dunno, maybe he means that the 50 noble UN bureaucrats made sure we didn't screw it up.

7 posted on 02/12/2005 8:40:58 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: Kofi Annan

Drop dead.

8 posted on 02/12/2005 8:42:55 AM PST by solitas (So what if I support a platform that has fewer flaws than yours? 'Mystic' dual 500 G4's, OSX.3.6)
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To: NonValueAdded
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility...

Ooops Kofi, your lousy sentence structure is actually an admittance the UN needs credibility.

9 posted on 02/12/2005 8:44:16 AM PST by Uncledave
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To: jalisco555
Hurl.... it will make you feel better. Kofi Anon see a way to embezzle more money from Iraqi coffers and rob that country blind. Now the UN want to get involved with this to fuck it up. NOW the UN says we were right. NOW the UN wants to ENUSRE that the poor Iraqi people are not trampled on by the big bad stingy capitalist swine of America <--- sarcasm
Throw the F*CKIIN UN OUT!!!!
10 posted on 02/12/2005 8:45:21 AM PST by SouthernBoyupNorth (They can have my gun when they pry it from my cold dead hands!!!)
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To: jalisco555

I really detest the UN!!!!Bunch of marrowsucking rapists.


11 posted on 02/12/2005 8:49:19 AM PST by crazyhorse691 (We won. We don't need to be forgiving. Let the heads roll!!!!!!!!!)
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To: jalisco555

Yesterday, Kofi announced that he is in full support and wants to work closely with the U.S. after the defeat of the Third Reich.


12 posted on 02/12/2005 8:51:30 AM PST by doug from upland (I would trust Stevie Wonder to give me a ride before I'd trust Ted Kennedy)
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To: SouthernBoyupNorth
Hurl.... it will make you feel better.

Probably right. Every time I think these scum can sink no lower they sink lower.

13 posted on 02/12/2005 8:51:50 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: crazyhorse691

Kofi Anus -- the sonovabitch has no honor, no shame,...NO INTEGRITY.

Fire Kofi, leave the U.N. and send them from our shores.

Semper Fi


14 posted on 02/12/2005 8:54:37 AM PST by river rat (You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Bahbah

I've read it thrice, B, and I still don't know WTH it means.


15 posted on 02/12/2005 9:02:10 AM PST by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: crazyhorse691

On my list of those I read for comment, truth, suggestions and or advice, Kofi appears nowhere ... could it be his work in the UN has been too insignificant, or his actions too self-serving, or his words unbelievable, or any or all of the foregoing? Ummmmmmm ... I'm not adding him to my list, but AM making a new one ... the "shit list of people who think they are somebody"


16 posted on 02/12/2005 9:02:27 AM PST by Phant2000
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To: jalisco555

Kofi Annan.?.. (Eddie Murphy laugh)..


17 posted on 02/12/2005 9:08:27 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been ok'ed me to included some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: mom-7

How about getting the UN out of the US?


18 posted on 02/12/2005 9:20:56 AM PST by CAP811 (One man can change the world with a bullet in the right place)
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To: jalisco555

Wasn't Kofi's last best job standing in a group wearing a loin cloth and holding spear. The guy's nothing but an ignorant backwater native in a business suit.


19 posted on 02/12/2005 9:21:58 AM PST by holyscroller (A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him to the left)
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To: holyscroller

Coughin Anus is nothing more than an African politician. Now, when you think "African politician, does integrity, honesty, or morality come to mind? No. Corrupt, bribe taking, genocide mongering, racist POS. What a fitting leader for a worthless institution.


20 posted on 02/12/2005 9:26:51 AM PST by datura (Stress is best relieved using therapeutic high explosives.)
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To: jalisco555

Koffee is a jerk and a fraud. The sooner he gets a one-way ticket back to whatever village he came from, the better.


21 posted on 02/12/2005 9:32:42 AM PST by Beckwith (I know Churchill, and Ward Churchill is no Churchill . . . he ain't an Indian either . . .)
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To: jalisco555
I want to capture this moment, and I encourage the international community to come together around Iraq through the United Nations.

Why Kofi? Your organization is IRRELEVENT!
22 posted on 02/12/2005 9:41:34 AM PST by VIDADDICT ("A news man is always fully-cocked, Andy." - Les Nessman)
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To: jalisco555
Even the scars left by past differences can be turned into opportunities.

Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail. Now is the time for us to draw on that capital.

Precisely because the UN’s Oil For Food program was stealing money from sick and poor Iraqi children, the UN should stay out of Iraq.

Remember all the articles claiming 500(?) Iraqi children a day were dying and they were trying to blame the US?

Now that it’s apparent that it was the UN who was stealing or allowing theft through gross negligence, of monies meant for the children we don’t see any articles written about that.

23 posted on 02/12/2005 9:46:59 AM PST by RJL
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To: jalisco555

Par to the course, the US does all the work (including the dying part!) and the UN takes all the credit and has all the answers. Weren't they so afraid to be in Iraq that they pulled their workers out?


24 posted on 02/12/2005 9:56:01 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: jalisco555
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility....

Orwellian sewage.

25 posted on 02/12/2005 10:19:26 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: ozarkgirl
The UN hired the "dismantled Iraqi Army" to protect them. As soon as the first boom went off...They ran and said they wouldn't work there because WE couldn't protect them.
26 posted on 02/12/2005 10:21:35 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: jalisco555
...laugh or hurl...

I'm going to hurl!

27 posted on 02/12/2005 10:30:42 AM PST by meema
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To: NonValueAdded
We'll stand for the groups that don't want freedom?

That's how I'm reading it. Kofi feels he's got credibility with the bad guys.

An analogy that's coming to mind would be if the Vichy French had offered their assistance in rebuilding Germany, citing their much-needed credibility with the Nazi remnants.

28 posted on 02/12/2005 10:36:46 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: Sacajaweau
So, in other words although Kofi says " The United Nations is proud of the assistance it was able to give the Iraqis , DUCK AND RUN was their motto.
29 posted on 02/12/2005 11:25:55 AM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: ozarkgirl
Kofi and his UN need to get out of Iraq and New York but the most important thing now is the outcome of these elections. The election 'results' I a have seen thus far are troubling with the US backed candidates trailing. I hope this trend is somehow stopped and our people win.
30 posted on 02/12/2005 11:34:13 AM PST by trumandogz
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To: jalisco555

Oh goodie. Kofi's got capitol he can use in Hell. He sure isn't useful anywhere else.


31 posted on 02/12/2005 11:46:44 AM PST by Soul Seeker
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To: jalisco555

"Even the $car$ left by pa$t difference$ can be turned into OPPORTUNITIE$."

Oooooh! Calling the UN!
Call out the $kimmers and open up the coffer$!


32 posted on 02/12/2005 11:54:21 AM PST by srm913
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To: Bahbah

"it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail"

Wow, that is some unadulterated bravo sierra. He's saying, in essence, that the head-loppers not only deserve legitimacy but that their legitimacy is required for peace to occur. And, if that's not enough, he is saying that only the UN can work with these people by the very nature of its feet-dragging and opposition to the war.

At the point that I think that these people can't possibly exhibit more chutzpah they take it up another 10 notches.


33 posted on 02/12/2005 12:02:03 PM PST by wolf24
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To: jalisco555

bump


34 posted on 02/12/2005 12:16:29 PM PST by RippleFire ("It was just a scratch")
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To: jalisco555

From the 3rd paragraph..."Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility..."

"now has much-needed credibility..."?????
That is totally and unbelievibly laughable. Who in the world is giving them credibility?


35 posted on 02/12/2005 12:29:49 PM PST by Flpoop (play it where it lies)
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To: Bahbah
Precisely because the United Nations did not agree on some earlier actions in Iraq, it now has much-needed credibility with and access to Iraqi groups that must agree to join in the new political process if peace is to prevail.

Would that be like spouse #1 leaving when finances are in the dumps, but when spouse #2 hits the jackpot true love returns and spouse #1 thinks that the only reason the jackpot was hit is because spouse #1 left?

Or perhaps it's the story of The Little Red Hen...

Kofi is so confused.

36 posted on 02/12/2005 12:35:44 PM PST by lysie
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To: lysie

LOL.


37 posted on 02/12/2005 1:04:01 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: lysie

Very good. That's it exactly.


38 posted on 02/12/2005 1:48:01 PM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: Bahbah

Only Al Gore is less relevant than the UN


39 posted on 02/12/2005 2:08:38 PM PST by wny
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To: trumandogz

You can't pick and choose. It is disappointing but these are free people who have chosen their leaders.

It's a shame we put so many lives and so much money for this outcome but still in all, they do get to choose.


40 posted on 02/12/2005 2:51:04 PM PST by ozarkgirl
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To: jalisco555
the only mention - a side swiping one - of the US is "the occupation " _ what colossal nerve.

he admits only a handful of UN were in the country - they all left, with tails in the air...but they accomplished all inside the country from "outside" the country.

This man and this outfit has to go.

not one more thin dime.

we proved, after the tsunami, that we can do things better and faster - without them and with the money going where it's supposed to and without a child molestation ring

41 posted on 02/12/2005 6:36:50 PM PST by maine-iac7 (...but you can't fool all of the people all of the time - LINCOLN)
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To: EagleUSA
"The sooner the UN is thrown out of the US, the better. Why is this taking so long???"
I'll give you a clue.
It's because the American people( at Large) are so unconcerned and uneducated about what is going on at the U.N.
Hence, there is a profound lack of public outcry that will be necessary to create the needed pressure on our elected officials to seriously move on the objective! It's too bad we as a nation can't have a "Million Man and Woman March" on Washington to protest the U.N., and demand that the U.S.cut ties, and funding of this meaningless menace to Democracy.
42 posted on 02/20/2005 6:40:08 PM PST by Hillarys nightmare (So Proud to be living in "Jesus Land" ! Don't you wish everyone did?)
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