“The Russians are blocking a proper Oil for Food probe.”
I missed this article from the Wall Street Journal. It probably was the primary influence of the U. S. News editorial. It highlights Russia's reluctance to cooperate with the investigation and the hope that this scandal will be swept under the rug. Ten billion dollars of bribes is a lot of money and will cause even the most ardent UN supporter to cringe in disbelief. If this does not shake up the UN and cause a clamor for reform, nothing will! The bad news is that the US would like the UN to take over the government transistion process in the same country they ripped off for ten billion dollars.