Thank goodness that the UN had things “under control” in Iraq before the US unjustifiably attacked. After all, with programs administered with the skill and efficiency of the UN Oil for Food Programme, who needs a sovereign and democratic Iraq to administer its own oil?
Apparently, the scale of the corruption in the UN Oil for Food Programme was far larger than originally thought:
Saddam Hussein’s regime made more than $21.3 billion in illegal revenue by subverting the U.N. oil-for-food program–more than double previous estimates, according to congressional investigators.
“This is like an onion–we just keep uncovering more layers and more layers,” said Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minnesota, whose Senate Committee on Government Affairs received the new information at hearing Monday.
And it’s a good thing that European countries were straddling such a moral high-horse that they could objectively criticize the US for acting in its national interest and attacking Iraq when the timing was right and in light of the threat of imminent use of WMD (were they really not there, or might they be in Syria today?). Oh wait, it turns out that far from taking the philosophically high road that law is better than war, etc. (which of course assumes the premise that anything the US did was actually illegal under international law and existing security council resolutions, a proposition that it far from clear), those European countries were actually making oil not love (or war, for that matter).