How Saddam Plundered the UN Oil for Food Program

(Newsweek) Mark Hosenball - Saddam Hussein has been plundering the Oil for Food program for years, netting a huge cash windfall that the CIA believes the Iraqi dictator has used to finance his weapons programs. U.S. government figures estimate that Iraq has received at least $2.3 billion in oil-contract kickbacks since 1997. “The United Nations is, in these matters, 50 percent corrupt and 50 percent incompetent,” says Richard Perle, a top adviser to the Pentagon on Iraqi policy. "The end result is, they cannot enforce a serious set of sanctions, and they’ll do no better conducting weapons inspections."

2002-11-07 00:00:00

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