Sen. Norm Coleman lays out an chilling list of facts and allegations against the U.N. Oil-for-Food Program and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan in this article.
A couple of issues need addressing here. First, it is doubtful that Kofi will resign. The guy has shown that he has little in the way of moral scruples, so it's hard to see him giving up the career of his dreams despite a gigantic ethical drama which he could have prevented and may have known about as it unfolded.
Second, the U.N isn't going to push the guy out because he represents all they love. He is feckless, a leftist, is anti-U.S., hates military action for any reason, and believes that the way to peace with international bullies is to give them whatever they want and call it a win for "peace in our day" per Neville Chamberlain.
Third, Annan may as well have appointed Janet Reno or Jamie Gorelick (whose last name I deliberately mispronounce as the two words that form it) to investigate this scandal, as the investigation is a sham. Paul Volcker, the current investigator, will do a great job on this because that's who he is. But he carries no stick to enforce compliance, and his ultimate authority, Annan, who will decide what if any portions of the investigation report are made public, is the very character who may have been complicit in the scandal in the first place. It brings to mind Clinton-era self-investigation and burial of scandals.
Lastly, there is the race issue. I think that, once again, the MSM, among others will refuse to call this truly worthless man to task solely because he is of African descent. It's frustrating but remarkably predictable. He'll retire rich, having made the world a less secure place because of his work, and he will likely escape consequences because of political correctness.
But there is the one great corrective measure which remains in the hands of the United States...the checkbook. We cover about 25% of the U.N.'s bills. When a quarter of the bills don't get paid, the U.N may actually do something to begin correcting some of these internal problems.
More to the point, though, any act to defund the U.N. needs to be more than a threat. The checks actually need to stop showing up and the accounts need to remain dry until real and verifiable reform takes place. We can no longer fund an organization that rewards our enemies and punishes us. And if the results of the various Oil-for-Food investigations are any guide, we cannot permit our money going to the very people we are trying to root out of Iraq.
As far as new leadership, many names have been offered. Bill Clinton, in an effort to have yet another adoring mass of people swooning at his feet and the pleasant warmth of camera lights on him, has indicated that he'd love the job. But, again, we're looking at competence, not talk. Vaclav Havel, one who knows just how fun totalitarianism is might make a good choice, or even Lech Walesa. Both can be a bit persnickety, but these men are operators, not appeasers, and they would be significantly more realistic than any of the diplo-drones who have occupied the Secretary General's office over the past two decades.