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August 09, 2005
Oil-for-Food Arrest Linked to Bolton Arrival at U.N.
by Scott Ott

(2005-08-09) -- Just eight days after John Bolton's recess appointment as U.N. Ambassador, the world body's credibility took a nosedive as corruption charges were leveled against top officials involved in the $64 billion Iraq oil-for-food scandal.

With one arrest yesterday and more expected shortly, experts naturally noted the connection between the arrival of the gruff American diplomat and the crisis at the United Nations.

"We warned President Bush against picking Bolton," said one Senate Democrat, "and now look what's happened -- criminal allegations in the world's most credible organization."

A spokesman for Ambassador Bolton refused comment on the oil-for-food scandal, but noted that the charges against two former U.N. officials stem from activities that happened several years ago.

The unnamed Senator, however, said Mr. Bolton's attempt to duck the issue will not shield him from scrutiny, nor prevent the Democrat party from running political ads tying the demise of U.N. credibility to his arrival.

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