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Feb
2005

All Players Gained From 'Oil-for-Food'

Sometimes, if not always, a little history helps understanding

On the U.N. Security Council, competing national interests and economic stakes in Iraq chilled willingness to scrutinize the program.

by Maggie Farley, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

February 3, 2005

UNITED NATIONS — It was the summer of 1990, and Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard had just stormed into oil-rich Kuwait. The U.N. Security Council, hoping to induce Iraq to withdraw and disarm, responded by imposing sanctions.

Nearly 15 years, two wars and a regime change later, those sanctions and the multibillion-dollar "oil-for-food" program that followed them still shadow the United Nations. Eight investigations are underway in Washington and New York into how Hussein subverted and the U.N. mismanaged a program that was meant to deny the Iraqi dictator funds for weapons but instead buoyed his regime. ...

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