"If President Bush's daughter (either one) was on the payroll of a company that was involved in a big scandal the same people hammering Coleman, a popular moderate republican, would be screaming bloody murder and demanding that President Bush resign.
That example can't be compared with Annan's situation, or that of any other UN Secretary General, for the fact that no Secretary General has got the power nor responsability to elect companies involved in its many (international) programs, such as the "Oil-For-Food" program.
"Annan has presided over a complete trainwreck at the UN and the oil-for-food scandal was allowed to be completely corrupted through mismanagement and neglect at best, and through complicity and payoffs at worst.
Annan wasn't the 'CEO' of the UN. He didn't run the place and, most important of all, he did NOT take the decisions. As almost anything in the UN, the decision-taking is done by all Member Nations and NOT by Annan. All he has to do is to procure that the decision taken and the policies adopted by the Member Nations are actually carried out, which is a difficult task. If Nation A for example votes on a resolution to control Nation B's waterways with their own naval forces, to avoid smuggling, for instance, but Nation A actually fails to do so, all the UN Secretary General can do is to remind Nation A of its obligations. He can't force Nation A (as many seem to believe) to actually implement/enforce the Resolution Nation A has voted on favourably. He can only ask them, again and again, in a diplomatic manner. That's
his job and that's
all the power
a Secretary General has got.
"They want Kofi gone for pissing them off over Iraq. That's what this is really about.
Not only that, I also believe there's a couple of other factors. First, the future of the UN and its Security Council (being discussed today, if not misstaken). Secondly, Bush II
Foreign Policies over the next 4 years (Iran, etc.).
Once again, I find it remarkable that neo-con America is talking about the resignation of Annan when they haven't got a clue how the UN exactly works, how decisions are taken and, most important of all, which nations monitored the "Oil-For-Food" program extensively over all these years and had the power
, ability and responsability
to control the whole program on kickbacks, surcharges or any other form of fraud. Apparently, at least one of these nations failed to do so then, reason for which I can only guess why this whole 'scandal' is coming out precisely now
when relations between the US and the UN aren't at their best, to say the least.