May 28, 2004

Many Probes, Little Progress

Claudia Rosett, who has been leading the way in the reporting of the Oil-For-Food fraud, says the investigations are being slowed, underfunded, or stymied before they even get going. I wish I could be as optimistic as she is here:

So, is it time to write off the likelihood that anyone will ever get to the bottom of Oil-for-Food? Hardly. Volcker has plenty at stake — after a long and respected career, he has placed his own reputation on the line, and we might yet hope that this will help overcome his current surroundings. Hankes-Drielsma says that KPMG, given any chance, is willing to proceed with the investigation already begun. And Oil-for-Food, overall, was simply too enormous and too rotten to stay stuffed under a rug. Information will almost certainly continue to seep out.

Yes it will, but does that mean that that those complicit in the scandal will be prosecuted or fully exposed and shamed? So far I've seen nothing that makes me think the investigations will lead to real reform of the U.N., even if they end up being critical of the actions of Annan and son, and Benon Sevan. I'd love to be proven wrong.

Posted by dan at May 28, 2004 2:23 AM