Wilson Remarks on UN Oil-for-Food Investigation

Jan 8, 2005
Press Release
Urges UN to Return Funds to Iraqis
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) made the following remarks from the House Floor: "Mr. Speaker, tomorrow the International Relations’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation is scheduled to review the Volcker Interim Report on the United Nations’ Oil-for-Food Program. I’d like to thank Chairman Hyde and Subcommittee Chairman Rohrabacher for their leadership on this issue," said Wilson. "While the United Nations prides itself as being “the premier vehicle for furthering development in poorer countries,” its Oil-for-Food program allegedly furthered Saddam Hussein’s dictatorship over the Iraqi people. During my travels to Iraq, I’ve seen Saddam’s palaces and the devastation his rule left upon the people of Iraq. I am outraged to think that a UN sponsored program designed to help the Iraqi people was so easily corrupted and manipulated to serve the dictatorship’s interests. The diverted funds should be recovered for the Iraqi people. "I strongly support Congressman Jeff Flake’s “United Nations Oil-for-Food Accountability Act.” This legislation would require the United States to withhold a portion of its UN contributions until the UN fully cooperates with the Oil-for-Food investigation. American taxpayer dollars should not support programs or people who obstruct our efforts to promote democracy and spread freedom throughout the world. "In conclusion, may God bless our troops, and we will never forget September 11th."