November 19, 2004


UN staff lose faith in Kofi Annan (Marc Carnegie, 19 Nov 2004, AFP)

UN employees were readying on Friday to make a historic vote of no confidence in scandal-plagued Secretary General Kofi Annan, sources told AFP.

The UN staff union, in what officials said was the first vote of its kind in the more than 50-year history of the United Nations, was set to approve a resolution withdrawing its support for the embattled Annan and UN management.

Annan has been in the line of fire over a high-profile series of scandals including controversy about a UN aid programme that investigators say allowed deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to embezzle billions of dollars.

But staffers said the trigger for the no-confidence measure was an announcement this week that Annan had pardoned the UN's top oversight official, who was facing allegations of favouritism and sexual harassment.

Mr. Clinton seemed shockingly old, almost debilitated or mentally adrift, yesterday, but if he's healthy he's a natural for this job.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 19, 2004 10:58 AM

He can't. It's Asia's turn and I don't think any sitting SC member can run it.

The Iranians were going to nominate Khatami.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 19, 2004 11:11 AM

shockingly old, almost debilitated or mentally adrift

Doesn't that make him MORE qualified for the job?

Posted by: AC at November 19, 2004 11:11 AM

Satyrs tend to age suddenly. Also, might want to check those medical records.....

I'll bet HRC would scotch such a move - it would provide endless fodder for her opponents. Plus, it would give Bill the idea that he is 'greater' than she is (even if she were President).

Bill might love the idea, however. After all, there is a whole lot of pain out there in the world - who better to absorb it all?

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 19, 2004 11:16 AM

Bypass patients have this tendency to be confused post operation. I think (don't laugh) it is called "pump head".

Posted by: Bob at November 19, 2004 11:59 AM

Surely the UN has enough corruption already!

Posted by: Ann at November 19, 2004 12:01 PM


The Wife is a critical care/pulmonary doctor--I can't help laughing everytime she says pumphead.

Posted by: oj at November 19, 2004 12:10 PM

"Satyrs tend to age suddenly"

Whew,looks like I'm safe.

Posted by: Peter B at November 19, 2004 2:23 PM

While Clinton has a three decade history of America-hatred which makes him perfect for the UN job, I suspect they will not give it to him.

The UN serves no purpose whatsoever and should simply be dissolved, in acid.

Posted by: Bart at November 19, 2004 5:15 PM

There's no way Bush would appoint Clinton for anything.

I didn't watch the frivolities at the CLB&MP (Clinton Lie Berry and Massage Parlor) but I did read the president's speech?

It was hilarious. He never said a negative word, but what he did say was damning by faint praise.

Bush sure is smart for a moron.

Posted by: erp at November 19, 2004 6:51 PM

Bob's right: Clinton's a pump head. Robert Musil predicted as much (scroll down to September 22.)

Posted by: joe shropshire at November 20, 2004 12:02 AM

Clinton or Kerry for UN Sec. Gen.

Posted by: Dave at November 20, 2004 10:34 AM

The Master Triangulator might actually be a good choice for the job. He gets along well with democrats and dictators. And can help to find common ground between pro- and anti-American positions.

Looking at a list of recent UN secretaries-general, it has been many decades since there was one who wasn't corrupt, incompetent, or a former Nazi. If it was possible to find the right person, he would probably be vetoed by the French, or the Chinese.

Posted by: J Baustian at November 21, 2004 2:06 PM