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Butler and the U.S.

Richard Butler's Salary and the U.S.

*  UNSCOM inspectors and the UNSCOM chairmen were not salaried UN employees, for the UN did not pay 
their salaries.  UN member State governments donated individuals for UNSCOM and also financed their 
salaries.  That said, an inspector's home government had no authority over the inspector.  Every 
inspector answered and was responsible to the Security Council.  

* Richard Butler was nominated by the Security Council to be UNSCOM chairman

*  In order for Butler to have the post the Australian government needed to agree to pay his salary 

*  The Australian government told Butler that it would not finance his salary

*  Despite the payment refusal, Butler told Kofi Annan that he accepted the chairmanship.  Butler 
did not tell Annan that the Australian government would not pay his salary

*  Annan announced that Butler was the new UNSCOM chairman

*  Butler went to the Australian government and told it that that the UN was not going to pay his 

*  The Australian government made an arrangement with its U.S. counterpart.  Australia's government 
paid Butler's salary, and the U.S. government then reimbursed the Australian government

*  Therefore, the U.S. did not make direct payments to Butler;  however, it is unlikely that the 
Australian government would have agreed to make a salary payment without the U.S. reimbursement

Richard Butler, the U.S., and Desert Fox

UNSCOM set up a listening post to monitor communication between and by top members of the Iraqi 
leadership.  This post was for UNSCOM's use only.  Richard Butler, to the anger of UNSCOM 
inspectors, informed the U.S. about the listening post.  The U.S. used that listening post to set 
Desert Fox targets, which had very little to do with Iraq's WMD production facilities.  Aside from 
targeting Iraqi intelligence and Republican guard units, the U.S. and UK went after members of the 
Iraqi leadership with information gleaned from the listening post to which Butler had given the 
U.S. access.  There are credible claims that the very first two launched missiles were targeted at 
the two sites where Saddam Hussein was supposed to potentially be with his main mistress on the day 
of the attack.

For other commentary on Butler and the U.S. see Scott Ritter's "Endgame" and look in the index 
under "Butler".
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