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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Smilin' Norm's UN-quisition: Galloway round up

Posted by: Hammer / 1:00 PM

UPDATE: the link on the Senate web site is bad. Use this link instead (Real Player)
I just hosed a long post on the coverage of George Galloway's appearance before Smilin' Norm Coleman's UN-quisition. That post was brilliant. This just a tribute.

You can watch Galloway's performance here.

Power Line's prediction was not quite on the money:

Meanwhile, George Galloway has followed through on his offer to testify before Coleman's committee. He arrived in Washington today and apparently will testify tomorrow. Galloway is, to put it mildly, unrepentant.

There are lots of "lawyers" in the House and Senate, but Norm Coleman is a lawyer. It's been a while since he was in the courtroom, and no doubt he's a little rusty. But if he decides to cross-examine Galloway himself, fur will fly. I wish I could take off tomorrow morning (I think Galloway's appearance is scheduled for the a.m.) and watch it--assuming it's televised somewhere.

I know it's old fashioned, but could we wait for compelling evidence of guilt before complaining that Galloway is unrepentant? If Coleman every proves anything then we can complain that Galloway is just as bad as right wing darling Manual Miranda.

The Socialist Worker is obviously friendly to Galloway, so the report claiming that the document implicating Galloway is forged should be read with some skepticism. Funny how the Bloggers of the Year aren't interested in this forged document.

I congratulate the Scotsman for using "rumbustious" in a news report. In the United States, of course, newspaper editors know that such high-falutin' language is irredeemable replete with stinkiosity.

Al Jazeera reminds us that Galloway is charged with running a DeLay Gambit:

The sub-committee, chaired by Minnesota Republican Norm Coleman, claimed that Galloway funnelled allocations through a fund he established in 1998 to help a 4-year-old Iraqi girl suffering from leukaemia, and received allocations worth 20 million barrels from 2000 to 2003.
Tom DeLay, of course, is the reigning king of funneling dirty money through children's charities.

The Duluth News Tribune is decidely friendlier to Coleman:

...[I]f the investigators' evidence holds up, it could be the beginning of the payoff for a political gamble that Minnesota's Republican junior senator took when the subcommittee began its investigation last June....

But Galloway, a controversial politician with a history of warm relations with Saddam's regime who is expected to testify before Coleman's subcommittee today, lashed out at the Minnesota senator with particular vitriol. In an interview with BBC radio on Thursday, when the report was made public, an audibly furious Galloway called the subcommittee "a bunch of liars," and sarcastically congratulated Coleman on leading "a committee of which Sen. (Joseph) McCarthy would be most proud," a reference to the much-maligned Wisconsin Republican's Senate committee that sought to root out American Communists in the 1940s and '50s.

Another report issued Monday by Levin's staff contended that an American company, Houston-based Bayoil U.S.A. Inc., had imported Iraqi oil to the United States during the oil-for-food program and, in the process, had paid at least $37 million in illegal surcharges to Saddam's regime.

Odd that the News Tribune doesn't offer any support or qualifiers for claiming Galloway has a history of warm relations with Saddam Hussein, but labels a report by a U.S. senator a mere contention.

In Britain, at least, the papers lead with a Galloway victory. The BBC says:

UK MP George Galloway has claimed victory in his fight to clear his name at a US Senate hearing over Iraqi oil.

Mr Galloway compared his duel with the Senate committee to the 1955 fight between Rocky Marciano and Don Cockell but said the Briton had won this time.

And the Guardian UK adds:
Whatever else you made of him, when it came to delivering sustained barrages of political invective, you had to salute his indefatigability.

George Galloway stormed up to Capitol Hill yesterday morning for the confrontation of his career, firing scatter-shot insults at the senators who had accused him of profiting illegally from Iraqi oil sales.

They were "neo-cons" and "Zionists" and a "pro-war lynch mob", he raged, who belonged to a "lickspittle Republican committee" that was engaged in creating "the mother of all smokescreens".

The BBC reports highlights one area where I agree with the Empty Suited Senator from the Land of 10,000 lakes:
Mr Galloway claims the evidence against him is false. He says forged documents have been used to make claims about him in the past.

He denied making any money from the Iraqi oil-for-food-programme, and accused the senators of making mistakes in their report which were "schoolboy howlers".

After the hearing, the Republican Senator Coleman said if Mr Galloway had lied to the committee "there will have to be consequences to that".

Lying to Congress can result in a year in prison in the US.

Yes. If Galloway lied to the committe, he should suffer the consequences -- and I don't mean Republican consequences like getting pardoned and then being hired by Fox News. I mean punishment for misleading people in a very serious matter. Likewise, of course, if Galloway did not lie to the committee and the evidence against him is forged I expect Smilin' Norm to suffer the consequences of smearing an innocent man in a pathetic attempt to curry favor with the Black Helicopter Right.


"...a reference to the much-maligned Wisconsin Republican's Senate committee that sought to root out American Communists in the 1940s and '50s."

Is that what they were doing? Gosh, that doesn't sound so bad afterall. I guess I had the wrong impression of hte guy.

By Blogger Jambo, at 3:20 PM  

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