Monday, August 09, 2004

Buh Bye

In April he said to a group of businessmen:,
". . .the US presidential election four years ago 'resulted in the installation of the most highly nationalistic and self-centered government we have known. Their election promise was to be more selfish, more self-centered, more determined to use American power for their interests - and they have kept their promise.
'In a world fearful of terrorism and with only one superpower, US concerns dominated - the Bush doctrine.'

Yesterday he resigned.
The wierd Richard Butler, former UN inspector, alienated even his own close staff. A man described as "too international for parochial Australia," he lasted longer as The Governor of Tasmania than anyone had expected, given his ego.
UPDATE: It appears as though they had to pay Butler to get rid of him. His price was a reported $1million. They gave him $650,000.

Amazon reviews of Butler's book, The Greatest Threat: Iraq, Weapons of Mass Destruction, and the Crisis of Global Security includes this Publisher Weekly.
he argues that UNSCOM's mandate was bargained away in Baghdad by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Especially interesting is the author's stern rebuttal of claims by his chief inspector, Scott Ritter, that UNSCOM was a puppet of the Pentagon, funneling intelligence to the U.S.

Virtually every review accepted his assurance that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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