Sunday, May 08, 2005

Move the UN to Paris

What’s that smell? Mmmm, smells like a whitewash!

The lawyer for the committee investigating the U.N. Oil-for-Food program has written a letter to the world body asking it to instruct a former investigator who resigned from the commission not to comply with two congressional subpoenas regarding the probe, sources told FOX News.

Paul Volcker, the man picked by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lead the investigation, said on Friday the integrity of the probe into the Oil-for-Food program is at stake and lives may be in jeopardy if details of the investigation are leaked.

The letter to the U.N. and Volcker’s public statements are in reaction to recent congressional efforts to subpoena a former senior investigator on the Independent Inquiry Committee who thinks the panel has been too soft on Annan in its investigation.

The former investigator, Robert Parton, has also provided Congress with documents from the probe. In his remarks on Friday, Volcker asked Congress to return those records, which may contain information potentially harmful to Annan, sources told FOX News.

Rep. Henry J. Hyde, R-Ill., however, refused to return the documents. Hyde, chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said he appreciated the gravity of Volcker’s concerns, but that his committee is obligated to continue its own investigation.

Okay, let’s break it down. Kofi, knowing his kleptocracy is riven with corruption, appoints Volcker. Volcker releases a report which appears, on the surface, to be critical of Kofi. Then Robert Parton, one of Volcker’s investigators, resigns, claiming that Volcker is protecting Kofi. Parton gives to Congress a lot of evidence to support his claim. Congress, following up on the information, subpoenas Parton to testify. And now Volcker is asking Kofi to order Parton to ignore the subpoena.

Kofi appoints Volcker, and now Volcker wants Kofi to order Parton not to testify to avoid embarrassing Kofi.

I don’t smell a whitewash, I smell bullshit.