Wednesday, May 18, 2005

George Galloway Rocks The Senate

Former British Minister of Parliament George Galloway willingly appeared under oath before a Senate subcommittee investigating the Oil For Food Scandal. He was questioned by Republican Senator Norm Coleman. It ended up being an interesting episode where the steak grilled the cook.

Galloway pilloried Coleman, the Republicans and the right-wing RadCons in ascendancy in this country. The quotes are delicious. The RadCons, Fox News and other right wing media relied on publicly discredited accounts, some from before Oil For Food even existed, in an attempt to 'convict' Galloway in the court of public opinion. They claimed he met with shady figures who are currently US prisoners in Abu Ghraib (guess how objective and honest they will be?) and accused him of meeting with Saddam Hussein - to which Galloway replied "I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns."

Best quote:

"I told the world that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to al Qaeda. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection to the atrocity on 9/11, 2001," he told Coleman.

"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong. And 100,000 people have paid with their lives -- 1,600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies, 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever, on a pack of lies."

He added: "Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported."

A very concise and cutting report is found here on the Political Affairs web site. A delicious and satisfying read for anyone interested in the truth. It also illustrates in stark boldness how much more articulate and verbally powerful Galloway is than the dundering Coleman. A must read!


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