Judith Miller apparently had enough tie left over after dodging subpoenas to write this lengthy piece on the UN Oil for Food scandal. The heart of the matter:
Multiple investigations now under way in Washington and Iraq and at the United Nations all center on one straightforward question: How did Mr. Hussein amass so much money while under international sanctions? An examination of the program, the largest in the United Nations’ history, suggests an equally straightforward answer: The United Nations let him do it.
“Everybody said it was a terrible shame and against international law, but there was really no enthusiasm to tackle it,” said Peter van Walsum, a Dutch diplomat who headed the Iraq sanctions committee in 1999 and 2000, recalling the discussions of illegal oil surcharges. “We never had clear decisions on anything. So we just in effect condoned things.”
Better late than never.