Safire has a column today excoriating UN Secretary General Kofi Annan about a no-bid contract which may have been given to the SG's son amounting to $125,000, though Safire admits near the end that there is no evidence tying the contract to the SG, that it had any impact on the food-for-0il program, nor that Annan knowingly misstated anything. So, maybe something is there and maybe not. Just the latest in a long series of columns based largely on innuendo.
All this would be much more understandable if Safire was an even-handed watchdog of the treasury. Clearly, though, he is simply an idealogue fanning the anti-UN flames of the right.
Consider the sum of his writings on Halliburton over the last two years. In a column dated September 20th when he ostensibly was giving helpful advice to John Kerry, Safire said that he ought to "stop wasting time magnifying the fury of the Bush-haters. Halliburton is not the Manchurian Candidate." Er, that's it.
Perhaps I should address him directly, since I know he is an avid reader of Boffoblog.
Bill (may I call you Bill?): While I realize you do not have many columns left before your retirement from the Times' op-ed page, here are a few helpful links to get you started on a scandal much closer to home:
- Halliburton loses government property in Iraq
- Auditor says Halliburton's fees should be cut
- Grand juries probe Halliburton in Nigeria, Iraq and Iran
- The FBI interviews a Halliburton whistleblower
And that's just in the last two weeks! It may not be the Manchurian Candidate, but when three audits all conclude that Halliburton is ripping of the US treasury, it seems that's a topic a "libertarian conservative" like yourself ought to care about.