U.N. Team Still Looking for Iraq’s Arsenal
Posted by bosskitty on June 2, 2007
UNITED NATIONS — More than four years after the fall of Baghdad, the United Nations is spending millions of dollars in Iraqi oil money to continue the hunt for Saddam Hussein‘s alleged weapons of mass destruction.
Every weekday, at a secure commercial office building on Manhattan‘s East Side, a team of 20 U.N. experts on chemical and biological weapons pores over satellite images of former Iraqi weapons sites. They scour the international news media for stories on Hussein’s deadly arsenal. They consult foreign intelligence agencies on the status of Iraqi weapons. And they maintain a cadre of about 300 weapons experts from 50 countries and prepare them for inspections in Iraq — inspections they will almost certainly never conduct, in search of weapons that few believe exist.
Is King George still clinging to the hope that he will be avenged? Are these guys PLANTING evidence? Maybe King George has his ‘private army’ of mercenaries out there in front of the inspectors dropping clues . . .
Who is paying for all this?
Meanwhile, the commission’s budget reserves — financed by Iraqi oil revenue and valued at more than $300 million when the last U.N. inspectors left Iraq in March 2003 — are shrinking. More than $200 million has been returned to Iraq, and the Iraqi government made a formal request to the Security Council in April to terminate the commission and return its remaining $63 million to Iraq.
“This is really absurd. We’re approaching five years now of this exercise in futility,” said Feisal Amin al-Istrabadi, Iraq’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations.
Aren’t there more serious issues at this late date that need attention and money? Is this another GOP magic trick, watch THIS hand so you don’t see what THAT hand is doing?! Keep an eye on these ‘private mercenaries’, you know they are up to no good in Iran right now.
What, Me Worry?