Annan Plans “Billy Carter Defense” To Volcker Report
Vol: 42 Issue: 28 Monday, March 28, 2005
According to the London Sunday Times, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has formulated his damage control plan in response to the second interim Volcker Report due out tomorrow.
Quoting directly from the Times, it appears that Annan “plans to blame his son for embroiling him in the oil-for-food scandal when a UN inquiry issues a harsh report tomorrow.”
Still quoting, “Aides say that Mr. Annan plans a Billy Carter defense , whereby he should not be held accountable for any transgressions by his son, just as Jimmy Carter was not forced from the White House when it emerged that his brother was lobbying for Libya.”
According to news reports, although the Volcker Report will be ‘critical’ of Annan, it only blames him for sins of omission.
The report blames Kofi for ‘failing to pay enough attention to the conflict of interest caused by his son’s work with a contractor involved in the Iraq oil-for-food program’ — according to news sources.
The report accuses son Kojo directly of using his father’s name for personal gain while he worked for Kotechna. On the other hand, the elder Annan, according to the report, was so ‘blinded’ by the father-son relationship that he was unable to see the conflict of interests.
Let’s see. Kofi isn’t responsible for his son’s actions, and so therefore, he is not responsible for his own? Here’s how the report frames that neat little bit of circular logic.
The New York Times said this morning that the report, “faulted Mr. Annan for failing to be sensitive to the perception of nepotism and conflict of interest that inevitably arose from his son’s involvement with a United Nations contractor.”
From outright corruption and influence-peddling, not to mention theft running into the billions, plus using the United Nations to keep Saddam in power and the gravy train in motion — to being “insensitive” — that’s quite a whitewash!
The report focuses on Kotechna and Kojo Annan, most probably because the UN’s investigative team knew it had to come up with something to avoid criticism, and figured the Kofi-Kojo-Kotechna was damaging enough to give the Volcker Commission credibility, but benign enough to allow the elder Annan to survive.
But the committee found more dirt than it expected, and it is going to be harder to whitewash than anticipated. They expected to discover that Kojo drew $3000 a month for three years after he left Kotechna as part of a ‘no-compete’ contract settlement.
They discovered it was more like four hundred thousand dollars — and even that is a preliminary figure. Kotechna, it seems, isn’t sure HOW much it paid the younger Annan.
But Kotechna assured the commission, who evidently accepted its assurances, that it did NOT hire or continue paying Kojo hundreds of thousands of dollars AFTER he left his job in order to maintain Kofi’s good will or retain its Oil For Food Contract.
Evidently, Kojo’s connections were merely coincidental.
That’s the Volcker Reports story, and its sticking to it.
According to Congressional investigators, who have shared their findings with the UN, there are other questions to be fully addressed. Kojo went to work for Kotechna in 1995. Kofi met with Kotechna officials three times between 1997 and 1999.
Two of the meeting were BEFORE Kotechna was granted admission to the Oil-For-Food conspiracy and one meeting afterwards. None of the three previous meetings were previously disclosed.
Despite his intention to invoke the ‘Billy Carter Defense’ and distance himself from his son, Kofi is reportedly ‘depressed’ and ‘considering resignation’ in the wake of the scandal.
Kofi Annan’s record as the United Nation’s seventh Secretary-General is a litany of scandal, mismanagement, corruption and betrayal. It is inconceivable that he should have held his post for as long as he has.
According to the UN’s official biography, Kofi Annan was both the instigator and architect of the Oil For Food program in the early 1990’s.
Under his watch, almost a million people were butchered to death during the Rwanda genocide. Nobody has ever been held accountable for the UN forces there — then under Kofi Annan’s direct supervision — stood idly by despite the desperate urging of the general in command of the UN forces there to allow him to stop it.
So well known to Annan were the atrocities ongoing in Rwanda, that his inaction became the subject of a 1998 book bearing the revealing title, “We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories From Rwanda” by Philip Gourevitch.
In his book Gourevitch argued that less than 5,000 U.N. troops could have stopped the killings, citing Maj. Gen. Romeo Dallaire, the then-head of Annan’s U.N. peacekeeping mission in Rwanda.
The genocide and enslavement of Christians by Islamic forces in the Sudan continues to this day.
During Yugoslavia’s civil war, Annan declared the city of Srebrenica a ‘safe haven’ and encouraged civilians to enter en masse so as to be under UN military protection. While UN peacekeepers watched, as many as 8,000 of them were slaughtered.
Annan’s blind support of Yasser Arafat bears a large measure of responsibility for the outbreak of the five-year ‘Oslo War’ that has cost the lives of thousands on both sides in Israel.
The list could go on and on . . . from the pedophile peacekeepers routinely raping young girls in the Congo with impunity to the various internal UN scandals that continue to surface as the digging continues.
For years, there has been a growing grass-roots element within the United States that is pushing to have the US withdraw from the UN altogether.
Leading the effort is Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who, until recently, has pretty much been a lone voice crying in the wilderness.
As a consequence of the revelations coming out of the Iraq War, that lone voice is becoming a chorus.
The last time HR 1146 came to the floor of the US Congress, it got 74 votes — ten more than the year before. It got nowhere nearly enough votes to pass, but it is indicative of the growing anti-UN sentiment among lawmakers.
And Utah State Representative Don Bush recently introduced a House Resolution to the state legislature, [HR 7] urging Congress to withdraw from the United Nations. It passed 42 to 33.
Although the bill didn’t make it to a floor vote in the Senate, it did pass through committee, 9-2, so the voices, while still muted, are out there.
Kofi Annan’s resignation might save the UN, for a time, but it is too little, too late. If the US were to pull out of the United Nations, it would cease to exist in short order.
Which would leave Europe perfectly positioned to pick up the pieces, precisely as the prophet Daniel predicted.