Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Levin Blames America First

Agence France-Presse reports on a Democrat Senator's take on the oil-for-food scandal. Link.
The United States did not do enough to curb corruption by American companies involved in the United Nations' oil-for-food program in Iraq, say Democrats on a Senate committee investigating abuses in the program.

A report by the Democrats released late Monday said the State Department and the United States Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control had taken "virtually no steps" to ensure that American companies enforced sanctions against Iraq.

"We have to look in the mirror at ourselves as well as pointing fingers at others," said Senator Carl Levin of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
There he goes again. Levin, a blame-America-first Democrat, well, blames America first. The sub-committee he sits on found massive bribes paid to French, Russian and UN officials to look the other way as Saddam Hussein violated the rules of the oil-for-food program to buy weapons and personal palaces, rather than food and medicines for the Iraqi people. Yet no news can put America in a good enough light for a Blame-America-first Democrat to not find a lead lining, an anti-American angle so subtle that nobody could see it before.


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