From Claudia Rosset’s July 8 testimony before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality, about the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal in NRO, one of the reasons why Oil-For-Food needs investigating:
To trace, and return, as far as possible, funds illicitly diverted from the program. There are reasons to be concerned that these funds not only went to pay for Saddam’s lavish lifestyle (Oil-for-Palaces), but that significant amounts may have been directed toward corrupting the U.N.’s own debates over Iraq (Oil-for-Influence), as well as — quite possibly — to terrorist-linked enterprises, or even to terrorist groups. This last item (Oil-for-Terror) may still be a menace. The bulk of Saddam’s ill-gotten gains remains unaccounted for, at least in our books.
And, as she concludes, “To be quite practical about it, if Oil-for-Food allowed Saddam to funnel money to murderers who may yet pose a danger to us all, it seems foolish to wait upon the ceremony of yet more U.N. confidentiality and self-investigation. They need all the help they can get. We do too.”