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Kofi Goes Out Bashing Bush, U.S.

Goodbye Kofi. What a nice ring that has to it. Kofi is going out as he served.

In a farewell speech on U.S. soil today, retiring United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to deliver a tough critique of President Bush's policies. He will accuse the administration of trying to secure the United States from terrorism in part by dominating other nations through force, committing what he termed human rights abuses and taking military action without broad international support.

Though Annan has long been a critic of the war in Iraq and other Bush foreign policies, the planned speech is among his toughest and is unusual for a U.N. secretary-general concluding his tenure.

Annan's remarks, provided to USA TODAY by his office, list principles for international relations, among them "respect for human rights and the rule of law."

These ideas can be advanced only "if America remains true to its principles, including in the struggle against terrorism," the speech says. "When it appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused."

In the 61-year history of the U.N., no secretary-general has ended his tenure by criticizing U.S. policies so sharply, said Stanley Meisler, a historian of the United Nations and author of a new biography of Annan.

Kofi is a corrupt and ineffective joke and is a prime example of all that wrong with the U.N. Anyone who oversaw the corrupt oil-for-food program has no credibility whatsoever and if he were speaking out against the policies of a Democrat president such as Bill Clinton, the shamefull oil-for-food debacle would be cited in the first paragraph of an article like this one.

Update: I almost forgot about this recent example of U.N. incompetence/corruption. Glenn Reynolds calls it a fitting capstone on Annan's career.

Update II: Stop the ACLU and Michelle Malkin have more.


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Comments (30)

"Kofi is a corrupt and inef... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"Kofi is a corrupt and ineffective joke and is a prime example of all that wrong with the U.N"

That sums it up quite nicely thank you. Unfortunatly, he heads for the hills, pockets full of US taxpayer dollars and bribes from elsewhere.
Its an institution that is long in the tooth and ineffective in all things except corruption, where it excells.

At least the UN for food pr... (Below threshold)
jp2:

At least the UN for food program kept WMDs out of Iraq.

So what Krazy Kofi is sayin... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft:

So what Krazy Kofi is saying is that the United States needs the approval of foreign nations to defend itself as it sees fit. We have seen, over and over again what UN protection is worth. Fuck Kofi Annan. We elect leaders we call Presidents to lead and defend this country from all threats, foreign and domestic. We have a military trained to kill people and break things in defense of this nation. If that pisses others off, fuck them too.

Deport Koffee back to Ghana... (Below threshold)
Bob Jones:

Deport Koffee back to Ghana. If we kicked his ass out, I'd bet major bucks he would never go back to his third world country. After Paris or Geneva, heading back to Accra, Ghana just doesn't have that...certain feeling of Smuggness.

Time to slowly let the UN d... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

Time to slowly let the UN drift away. It's like watching a bad sitcom, and it functions like a cluster fuck when trying to accomplish ANYTHING.
Let's start pulling back the money we waste on the UN, and put it some place else.

Why the personal attacks on... (Below threshold)
Kofi:

Why the personal attacks on me? I thought that everyman was free to speak his mind! If I think that GW is bogus then I'd say so .. How can anybody in their right minds defend his actions in Iraq... completely indefensible, bordering on war crimes. You yankees need to open your eyes and see what is happening in the world around you. Your great nation has been hijacked by a bunch of men who have their own interests at heart. Well you M##$$$$#$%ker me all you like, but compared to GW, I am a saint!!!

At least the UN f... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:
At least the UN for food program kept WMDs out of Iraq

UNICEF was reporting 5000 deaths a month in Iraq due to sanctions, primarily children.

That would be 60,000 children per year with sanctions in place for 5 years.

Therefore the sanction death toll had been greater than the war death toll, which means more Iraqis have been saved over time since the invasion.

But who cares right?

P.S... I was wondering how you liberals were going to "Free Darfur". With sanctions or force?

Well, the Peacekeepers hone... (Below threshold)
Stormy70:

Well, the Peacekeepers honed their child molestation and rape for food program under Kofi's tenure. I wonder if he will get a certificate for it. Or for the Rwandan genocide, another stellar Kofi accomplishment.

Goodbye and good riddens. ... (Below threshold)

Goodbye and good riddens. Please, pay your parking tickets on the way out.

I loved Scrappleface's description two years ago:

Annan "insisted he has fulfilled his role of fostering global peace by "holding meetings, eating in fine restaurants and speaking very softly in a charming accent.""

Reality catches up with Scr... (Below threshold)
Wethal:

Reality catches up with Scrappleface. The caption to Kofi's picture (in black tie) in the USA Today article: Annan smiles attends [sic] UN Correspondents dinner dance.

Kofi Goes Out Bas... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:
Kofi Goes Out Bashing Bush, U.S.

I'm shocked... shocked I tell you! (okay, not really)

er ...riddance. Gah!... (Below threshold)

er ...riddance. Gah!

Corrupt beyond words and in... (Below threshold)
Robert:

Corrupt beyond words and incompetent beyond measure.

GWB outlasts another of his... (Below threshold)
sam:

GWB outlasts another of his feckless opponents.

Kofi
Schroeder
Chretien

They keep falling like demented flies.

The State Department should... (Below threshold)
chsw:

The State Department should serve him with persona non grata papers and kick this corrupt humunculus out of this country.

chsw

So did Bolton quit so he ca... (Below threshold)

So did Bolton quit so he can sit in the crowd and chuck rotten tomatoes at Korrupti Annan, something a 'diplomat' couldn't do?

Anybody else wonder how much of Saddam's money Korrupti's got in Swiss bank accounts?

jp2- how about you taking a... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

jp2- how about you taking a flying f*&k at a rolling donut you lowlife kos kiddie reject. It is scum like you that is taking this coumtry lower and lower by your taking shots at every attempt to defend our country from SOB's like Kofi Asshole. Piss on you at every turn. But then again what do you expect from someone that belongs to the "club". To the sane ones on this blog, sorry for my rants but I have had it with these America haters. No more kid gloves.

A little wooden b... (Below threshold)
rustyduck:


A little wooden box a few cans of polish 2 or 3
rags,a brush or 2 and whooopppeee the brand new
Chattanooga shoe shine boy!!!

Kofi didn't really mean to ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Kofi didn't really mean to insult the U.S. He's just pissed that his expense account 5 course lunches and double parking days are over.

Sure the UN has many pocket... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Sure the UN has many pockets of corruption, no doubt some in the UN Secretariat...but the United States when its own interests are at stake are very adept at playing hardball and using money as a incentive to gain their wishes and play very close to the line, in some cases over iincluding bribing officials and spying on them ..In this case for the failed second Security Council resolution in early 2003. Fom Wikipedia
"(The) Institute for Policy Studies published a report [4] analyzing what it called the "arm-twisting offensive" by the United States government to get nations to support it. Although President Bush described nations supporting him as the "coalition of the willing", the report concluded that it was more accurately described as a "coalition of the coerced." According to the report, most nations supporting Bush "were recruited through coercion, bullying, and bribery." The techniques used to pressure nations to support the United States included a variety of incentives including:

Promises of aid and loan guarantees to nations who support the U.S.
Promises of military assistance to nations who support the U.S.
Threats to veto NATO membership applications for countries who don't do what the U.S. asks
Leveraging the size of the U.S. export market and the U.S. influence over financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
Deciding which countries receive trade benefits under such laws as the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and the Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which, as one of its conditions for eligibility for such benefits, requires that a country does "not engage in activities that undermine United States national security interests".
Deciding what countries it should buy oil from in stocking its strategic reserves. The U.S. has exerted such pressure on several oil-exporting nations, such as Mexico.
At a press conference, the White House press corps broke out in laughter when Ari Fleischer denied that "the leaders of other nations are buyable".

In addition to the above tactics, the British newspaper The Observer published an investigative report revealing that the National Security Agency of the United States was conducting a secret surveillance operation directed at intercepting the telephone and email communications of several Security Council diplomats, both in their offices and in their homes."

Ah yes, the ol' "Well of... (Below threshold)

Ah yes, the ol' "Well of course, BUT the US .....

I would say good-bye to kof... (Below threshold)
moseby:

I would say good-bye to kofi anan the same way I would say goodbye to a turd coming out sideways...

Oyster, 'it really is th... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Oyster, 'it really is the US 'because this has been almost a personal feud beteween Annan and the US. Recall that in seeking the United Nations' acquiescence to its war plans for the Iraqi invasion, President Bush could not have been more direct than when he asked the General Assembly, "Will the United Nations serve the purpose of its founding, or will it be irrelevant?" How would you expect Annan to reply, in his departure speech, in the wake of what he said, on September 16, 2004 Kofi Annan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, (speaking on the invasion,), "I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view, from the charter point of view, it was illegal."

"I have indicated it was no... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

"I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view, from the charter point of view, it was illegal."

Yes and how did the Oil-for-food farce factor into that equation ?

jp2- how about you takin... (Below threshold)
hansel2:

jp2- how about you taking a flying f*&k at a rolling donut you lowlife kos kiddie reject

That's some mighty persuasive jibber jabber, Jhow. You're almost as articulate as our Commander-In-Chief.

To the sane ones on this blog, sorry for my rants but I have had it with these America haters. No more kid gloves.

Monkey's don't wear gloves. Time to do a little jig for your celery.

I know you hate to admit it... (Below threshold)
beyond_left_right:

I know you hate to admit it but Kofi was right about the invasion and its aftermath... Without broad interational support (not just the countries we bribed/browbeat into joining the US (most of whom have abandoned the failed mission)), "...the legitimacy of that action [invading Iraq] will be widely questioned, and it will not gain the political support needed to ensure its long-term success, after its military phase. (WSJ 2003)"

He must have been wrong! Our allies can't wait to help us out in Iraq with economic and military assistance. [/snark]

Corruption in the oil for food program corruption is trivial compared to the lost tens of billions during Iraqi "reconstruction", yet no screeds on this?

Of course, in neocon fantasy land, after we were showered with flowers, the reconstruction would pay for itself with oil revenues (still below prewar levels).

"That would be 60,000 children per year with sanctions in place for 5 years. or about 300,000.

Therefore the sanction death toll had been greater than the war death toll, which means more Iraqis have been saved over time since the invasion. "

Only off by a power of 2 or 3 with at least 600,000-1.2 millions Iraqis dead (Did you notice the part of the ISG report that said that violence in Iraq was seriously underreported?) since the occupation began, not to mention the destruction of infrastructure. Availability of electricity, water, sewage treatment, etc all well below pre war levels.

Yep that invasion sure made life better for average Iraqis.


Heck of a job, Bushie!

About the only positive one... (Below threshold)

About the only positive one can make about this Jimmy Carter-wannabe is that he was not as obnoxious and stupid as Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

But this second-rater is going to talk about how some other organization or government is incompetent after his own tenure has been marked by corruption, scandal, and crime by his colleagues and "peacekeepers?"

Thank God this ridiculous specimen of bureaucratic excretion generated by the UN is departing. He should head back to his "homeland" where they're still butchering each other in the streets because of tribal vendettas.

But the American MSM will suck up the nonesense and defecate it right onto the broadcast/cabal sewage system.

Way to go there hansel&gret... (Below threshold)
jhow66:

Way to go there hansel&gretal. Glad to see you admit that you are just like jp2-a dumbass America hater. Also good to see that I get you riled up--always hurts to have the truth thrown in your face. How many times to I have to tell you I don't like celery? Here's one "monkey" that wears gloves because I might touch something that you have--eeeu. Oh by the way did your mouth get that donut hole look from eating bananas?

My boss just told me that i... (Below threshold)

My boss just told me that in Hebrew, Kofi Annan means "my cloudy monkey"?

Our country has been provid... (Below threshold)

Our country has been providing this preposterous so-called diplomat with his fully paid 5-course meals, luxurious lifestyle and first-class travel for the past 10 years and in return he has the unmitigated gall to criticize the US when he has accomplished what? Does the word n-o-t-h-i-n-g ring a bell? Unless of course you consider the rape of the innocent by U.N. peacekeepers in Darfur and Somalia an accomplishment?

His papers should be revoked and this anti-American asshat should be escorted to an airplane out of here. And if you'd like, jpII and Crickmore, you can escort him to his flight so you can apologize for us provincial Americans who think we have the RIGHT to defend our own country and defend our own borders!




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