Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Getting your retaliation in first

The BBC has is giving lots of coverage to a report by US auditors criticising the CPA for a lack of controls over Iraqi oil funds in the period following the fall of the country to coalition troops.

Former US Ambassador Paul Bremer's response to the criticism seems to recognise that controls were in fact poor, although I can take his point that they were operating in the aftermath of a war and platoons of heavily armed bookkeepers might have been a bit thin on the ground at times. But I just can no longer read things like this on the BBC without thinking that there is another agenda here. Is another Unscan report due shortly? Do they need to distract attention from the success of the elections.

I think I'm becoming cynical.