thanks to spacenurse - i just found this gem
since word of the united nations' oil-for-food scandal first broke, conservative media figures have been quick to conclude that european nations and political figures that opposed the u.s.-led invasion of iraq did so because they were bribed by deposed iraqi dictator saddam hussein. although there is evidence that some political figures from european countries may have been complicit in the scandal, conservatives who have pushed the scandal as the key explanation for european opposition to the war have made assertions unsupported by, and often at odds with, the facts. while some conservatives have specifically accused european leaders of failing to support the war in iraq because of their alleged interest in the scandal, to date no credible body has directly accused any of wrongdoing.
conservative misinformation on european leaders' links to the oil-for-food scandal is nothing new. for example, on the july 29 edition of fox news' the o'reilly factor
, fox news political analyst dick morris asserted that "it's been proven that [french president] jacques chirac and [russian president] vladimir putin got personal bribes from the oil-for-food program. what could you have done as president to persuade them to dump saddam hussein, their benefactor?"