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Claudia Rosett


May 17, 2011 - 9:37 pm

Yes, Virginia, there may yet be hope for U.S. foreign policy. Josh Rogin reports that the State Department has snubbed Jimmy Carter and his fellow “Elders,” declining to make anyone available to listen to Carter’s tales of his latest trip to North Korea. By one account, attributed to an unnamed “alleged eye witness” — which I’d consider unconfirmed, but gratifying to imagine — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, when offered the chance to meet with Carter, said, “Hell, no!!”

Now, if only the State Department instead of considering yet more aid to North Korea would advise Kim Jong Il that the U.S. can offer an excellent plan for feeding all his people: he and his clan can step down, open up the country, replace totalitarian Juche with free markets, and — to get through any immediate emergency — reallocate the resources now being poured into the military, nuclear weapons and missile development, and instead use Kim’s pocket money to buy food in world markets. (Hey, one can always dream).

Claudia Rosett is journalist-in-residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and heads its Investigative Reporting Project. She is widely recognized as a ground-breaking reporter on corruption at the United Nations. Her investigative reporting skills, drawn from three decades as a journalist and editor writing on international affairs, led her to expose the U.N. Oil-for-Food scandal, the worst financial fraud in the history of humanitarian relief. Due in substantial part to her investigation, the U.S. House and Senate launched inquiries into the program. Ms. Rosett has appeared before five U.S. House and Senate Committees and Subcommittees to testify on U.N.-related corruption. Her work on Oil-for-Food earned Claudia the 2005 Eric Breindel Award and the Mightier Pen award.
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