December 11, 2006, - 9:08 am

Kofi Annan: Buh-Bye . . . And F-U, USA

By Debbie Schlussel
Here’s the headline from the front page of today’s USA Today:

Annan to Blast U.S. in Farewell; End U.N. Tenure With Dig at Bush

Today, Annan (thankfully) says good-bye as Secretary-General of the U.N. Instead of discussing his many failures (are there any successes? NO.), Annan will blast America on American soil.
Annan and his whole U.N. wouldn’t even exist without the generosity–no, the stupidity– of the U.S. But this America-hater on U.S. soil loves to gives us the middle-finger salute, all courtesy of U.S. taxpayers (who pay the majority of U.N. costs, including Annan’s high-styled mansion and salary). We’ll be paying a good deal of Annan’s pension, too. And, don’t forget, he and his son got away with impunity, despite participating in the Iraq oil-for-food scam.
Kofi Annan Photos Say it All . . .


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More from USA Today, with which Annan shared his speech, in advance:

In a farewell speech on U.S. soil today, retiring United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to deliver a tough critique of President Bush’s policies. He will accuse the administration of trying to secure the United States from terrorism in part by dominating other nations through force, committing what he termed human rights abuses and taking military action without broad international support.
Though Annan has long been a critic of the war in Iraq and other Bush foreign policies, the planned speech is among his toughest and is unusual for a U.N. secretary-general concluding his tenure.
Annan’s remarks, provided to USA TODAY by his office, list principles for international relations, among them “respect for human rights and the rule of law.”
These ideas can be advanced only “if America remains true to its principles, including in the struggle against terrorism,” the speech says. “When it appears to abandon its own ideals and objectives, its friends abroad are naturally troubled and confused.”

Uh-huh. Just like Annan was “tough” on Palestinian terrorism, right?

In the 61-year history of the U.N., no secretary-general has ended his tenure by criticizing U.S. policies so sharply, said Stanley Meisler, a historian of the United Nations and author of a new biography of Annan. . . .
In his speech, Annan refers to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. When “military force is used, the world at large will consider it legitimate only when convinced that it is being used for the right purpose – in accordance with broadly accepted norms.”

Interesting that he attacks our “military force,” in which we handled Iraqis and terrorists with kid gloves (and continue to do so), but makes no mention of the Sudanese Army that slaughtered millions of Sudanese Christians on Annan’s watch (there are none left). He makes no mention of the Syrian Army, the Egyptian Army (building up to attack Israel), Iran’s nuclear quest, etc.

The speech continues that “governments must be accountable for their actions in the international arena, as well as in the domestic one.”

Again, see above.

The speech, to be delivered at the presidential library of the late Harry Truman in Independence, Mo., contrasts Truman’s support for the United Nations with the Bush administration’s unilateral actions.

Harry Truman is turning over in his grave. This speech–and Annan in general–is against everything he stood for.

Annan acknowledges terrorism and other global threats but cautions against nations acting alone. “Against such threats as these, no nation can make itself secure by seeking supremacy over all others,” the speech says.

Yes, “seeking supremacy” by bending over backwards in Iraq instead of bombing the heck out of it, and by bending over to extremist Islam in America. Get a clue, Kofi . . . .

Critics of Annan in Congress, including Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., faulted the Ghana-born, U.S.-educated diplomat for lax management of the $64 billion U.N. oil-for-food program. The 1996-2003 effort was tainted by $1.5 billion in kickbacks to the regime of Saddam Hussein.
“Annan’s legacy will be one of missed opportunity and failed leadership,” said Coleman, who urged Annan to resign last year.

Amen to that. If he’s intellectually honest about (something he never has been), Annan has only himself to blast.
Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright backed Annan for U.N. Secretary general–a HUGE mistake. His departure is none too soon, and far too late.

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12 Responses

As usual, on the mark. Annan was worse than most, but they were ALL terrible.
UN Lessons, unchanged since its founding…
1. No one cares about Africa (including those who live there)
2. The fecklessness of Euro diplomats is *always* worse than you think it could possibly be
3. The main mission of the UN is bashing Israel and the US
4. We’re stupid because we still belong

Red Ryder on December 11, 2006 at 11:21 am

I’m laying odds on how many mainstream media outlets will characterize Kofi’s remarks as “courageous”. Given that everybody knows how dangerous it is to critisize George Bush/America. Just look at the Dixie Chicks, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, Sean Penn, Ward Churchill, Dennis Kucinich, Hugo Chavez etc. They were lucky to survive the assassination attempts….
If you’re looking for the inside line the smart money is on all of them except Fox and the Post. The NYT should lead the charge. From it’s knees, mouth agape and panting heavily.

Big E on December 11, 2006 at 12:14 pm

I think now would be a good time to create another “ate my balls” site for the departing Secretary General:
BTW… Could someone please explain to me, once more, why the United States still participates in this sham of geopolitique?! We provide 25% of the funding for the annual budget for this collection of scum-bags.

Yiddish Steel on December 11, 2006 at 12:52 pm

Dear Kofi … goodbye, good riddance, amen. The good news is that your leaving (the country I hope). The bad news is that you get to enjoy the millions of dollars siphoned off to the Caymans for your family. You common third-world theif. Why do we Americans put up with this banana republic dictator’s club in Turtle Bay? We pay them to bash us?! We should expel everyone from Turtle Bay except the Brits, Aussies, and a few other REAL friends. Maybe Hugo will take them in. Or better yet, why don’t they rebuild in one of the bueatiful, self-sufficient countries in Africa that they have done so much to rebuild and develop. What a bunch of jokers.

FreeAmerican on December 11, 2006 at 1:20 pm

Debbie, don’t be so harsh on Kofi.
Look at him, he’s a sweetheart, a cute boy.
He reminds me of that fella the liberal media is crazy about: Baba O Baba, err, Barrrrak Obaba, errr.. I give up.
Let’s have a glimpse at Kofi’s honorable record at the United Nations.
Kofi will be remembered for:
1 – The Iraq oil-for-food scandal.
2 – The Congo sex-for-food scandal.
3 – The massacres at Rwanda, Cambodia, and Srebrenica.
4 – The inaction in the face of the genocide in Darfur.
5- Aiding terrorist organizations such as Hizbollah.
To say the least.
We should celebrate. An evil boy will disappear from the world scene (with some millions of $$, of course).
Let’s hope that the next Secretary General will not include America in a U.N.’s definition of “Axis of Evil.”

Independent Conservative on December 11, 2006 at 1:47 pm

Good riddance to another America-hating (but loves to live here), inept foreign bureaucrat.
His own country of Ghana is your typical throwback to a primitive society. Don’t look for him to retire there or anyplace else where barbarians rule. The hypocrite will live the rest of his life either in America, or in some white European country.

Thee_Bruno on December 11, 2006 at 2:15 pm

Kofi is going to end up in France where is loved.
The U.S. should start stating publicly that certain countries will no longer be defended by the U.S. (e.g. an attack on the country will not be construed as an attack on the U.S.).
We could start with France, and include any place that Kofi moves to. Hint that other countries like S. Korea will be added to the list if they don’t behave.
I think we need to be more aggressive to encourage nations to make a stand for the good guys. If that means that S. Korea, Jordan, France, Egypt, etc. are overrun other countries will get the picture and the world (as well as the US) will be better off over all.
The inernational community is populated with smart-alleck teen-agers. Its time for some tougher parenting.

JSobieski on December 11, 2006 at 2:58 pm

It saddened me to hear that we the taxpayers of the USA will be paying for Kofi’s pension.
Then it angered me to hear that Bull Clinton and Albright? put him in there.
This is what we get for letting the leftist of this country get in power.
I have a rule, NEVER, EVER put stupid people in power, you WILL REGRET it.
The reason why this is so true, it’s because it’s common sense! And as they say about common sense, it makes so much sense no one will one to do it! (Or something like that, anyway).

ReallyReallyStupid on December 11, 2006 at 4:21 pm

HISTORY will accurately record Kofi Annan as the man who DID NOTHING!
He actually ìtook awayî from the prestige of the office as Secretary-General of the U.N.
Sorry, PierreÖbut Kofi solidified my thoughts about the UN.
On the world stage and before the mediaÖlots of ìpomp and publicityî, ESPECIALLY posing for picturesÖbut for genuine, defenceless, and ìblamelessî people, citizens of our world, in GENUINE NEED of a timely UN (world) responseÖno help ever arrived!
Instead of acting as a DILIGENT force for necessary INTERVENTION, the UN under Kofi experienced an EXISTENTIAL CRISIS!
Unsure and wafflingÖ
The UN is FAMOUS for being ìright thereî TO WATCH as millions dieÖat only an armís length away, and DOING NOTHING to change the outcome!
IT REALLY IS their ìprime directiveî!
The UN should have EVOLVED to handle ANY genuine world crisisÖinstead it ìdisconnectedîÖunable to copeÖlying there in the fetal positionÖbefore the myriad of needs and/or protection that were brought before it.
Good-bye Kofi, and GOOD RIDDANCE!!
AMERICA has aided every nation by the BUCKETS!
Kofi, the WORLD just couldnít waitÖfor the ìteaspoons (insults) of helpî you were ìsleepilyî doling out~
KOFIÖyouÖYOUÖwere supposed to do somethingÖdonít blame AmericaÖbecause you brought nothing to the table, for your whole tenure of service!!!

The Canadien on December 11, 2006 at 4:26 pm

Kofi Anan–which in his native Ghana language means:
Just as Ted Kennedy’s name is synonymous with Chappequiddick–so will this bozo’s name be forever linked with his biggest acomplishment–the Oil for Food scam.
How this man was allowed to operate this long after the scam was exposed with his son getting big money and all the other crap that went on is scandalous. I went on the UN website last night. They have a link called “oil for food.” Funny thing–the link is shut down. I wonder why?

BB on December 11, 2006 at 5:04 pm

Please tell me there is a subpoena waiting for him at the end of his term. I’d like to hear him testify under oath.
Why are we complicit in this corruption? Get us out, now.

MarkD on December 11, 2006 at 8:00 pm

Yet another mind-boggling head-shaker:
The administrator of the presidential library of the late Harry Truman in Independence, Mo., was able to preview Koffee’s remarks and STILL allowed that crime-ridden, anti-DECENCY, cowardly POS to speak on (now formerly) hallowed ground?
Hey, Koffee: America has thousands of offspring of Fat Man and Little Boy. You should thank us for NOT using them to clean up the messes you presided over.
I disagree with John Bolton – lopping off ten floors of the United Nations building is not nearly enough. Just leave the lobby and plaster the walls with photographs of the millions of poor slobs around the world who were raped and murdered on this POS’s watch. Lest We Forget of course.

Rocketman on December 12, 2006 at 7:59 am

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