tucked there tails between there legs and left.
The popular mantra, "had we not invaded Iraq, the inspectors would have ferreted out the truth" seems more and more like utter fantasy as we discover more details about the inspectors' Clouseau-like competence and what they were really doing while on the UN payroll: UN inspectors "spent their days drinking":
UN inspectors in Iraq spent their working hours drinking vodka while ignoring a shadowy nocturnal fleet believed to be smuggling goods for Saddam Hussein, a former senior inspector told the US Senate yesterday.
In a move that provoked fury from officials of the Swiss firm Cotecna, an Australian former inspector detailed a picture of incompetence, indifference and drunkeness among the men acting as the frontline for UN sanctions.
Arthur Ventham, a former Australian army officer and customs officer, joined the operation in 2002 and worked at various sites in Iraq and neighbouring states.
He said that at Iskendurun in eastern Turkey, some officials had refused to work.
When he asked one of his bosses why, he was told: "They were friends or relatives of potential clients, and are only in the mission so the company could secure future contracts in Nigeria, Comoros and another African country.
"When I said that this was unfair on everyone else, I was told that it was general practice in Cotecna."
Hey, there'll always be another one of those efficient and effective UN sanctions regimes to work on, right?