The Rosett Report

Meanwhile, Some Great Ideas for a UN Cleanup

It would be a pity if between the election coverage and the Saddam verdict, one of the most concise, on-target prescriptions for UN reform were to slip through the cracks. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), chairman of the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information and International Security, sent a four-page letter Friday to UN Secretary-General Elect Ban Ki-Moon. In it, Coburn urges and explains in brief such vital steps as eliminating the UN’s secretive trust funds and other unaccountable slush pools; genuinely opening the opaque budgetary books; holding the UN Secretary-General and other officials to the functions actually allotted to them in the UN charter; delegitimizing rather than dignifying tyrants; and releasing to the public the archives of the Oil-for-Food investigation, which Paul Volcker and Kofi Annan between them have kept secret– thus covering up information about a great many questions still unanswered. You can read Coburn’s letter here.