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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Smilin' Norm's UN-quisition: More Galloway

Posted by: Hammer / 12:13 PM

From the Marxist Political Affairs. Galloway: "But perhaps you were confusing the Daily Telegraph action with the Christian Science Monitor. The Christian Science Monitor did indeed publish on its front pages a set of allegations against me very similar to the ones that your committee have made. They did indeed rely on documents which started in 1992, 1993. These documents were unmasked by the Christian Science Monitor themselves as forgeries.

"Now, the neo-con websites and newspapers in which you’re such a hero, senator, were all absolutely cock-a-hoop at the publication of the Christian Science Monitor documents, they were all absolutely convinced of their authenticity. They were all absolutely convinced that these documents showed me receiving $10 million from the Saddam regime. And they were all lies. [...]

"The existence of forged documents implicating me in commercial activities with the Iraqi regime is a proven fact. It’s a proven fact that these forged documents existed and were being circulated amongst right-wing newspapers in Baghdad and around the world in the immediate aftermath of the fall of the Iraqi regime."

The Scotsman summarizes Galloway's appearance thusly:

Truculent, bombastic, eloquent and wilfully disingenuous, Mr Galloway led his accusers on the US Senate sub-committee on investigations a merry dance. ...

As Senator Norm Coleman summarised the evidence against Mr Galloway, the MP stared him down, challenging him to blink first. He did. That set the pattern for a hearing in which the MP’s accusers struggled to lay a glove on him....

Mr Galloway had promised to raise merry hell, threatening to take the senators out to the woodshed for a thoroughly merited thrashing. If he did not quite manage that, he nonetheless left his questioners baffled.

Power Line continues to do what it does best: subvert facts to ideology:
UPDATE: Here's an account by The Scotsman of Galloway's performance. Let's give credit, as The Scotsman does, to Senator Levin, the ranking Democrat, for joining with Senator Coleman in persistent tough questioning of the corrupt, tyranny-abetting MP.
No one has proved that Galloway is corrupt. Some who have tried have been hit with libel suits. Such facts, of course, don't matter at the Blog of the Millennium. More importantly, if Galloway abetted tyranny by his words, what does that say about the neo-con cabal that abetted Saddam Hussein with arms and deeds?

Meanwhile, Smilin' Norm's veneer has dimmed in India: The Telegraph - Calcutta:

Norm Coleman, a first time Republican Senator from Minnesota who has been handpicked by the White House to hunt down UN secretary-general Kofi Annan for his refusal to support Bush’s war on Iraq, is chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

His weak smile during and after the hearings, when he faced reporters, betrayed embarrassment that tables had been turned on America by a maverick British anti-war politician.

The Hindu:
Then it was Mr. Galloway's turn and any sense of judicial propriety was instantly shattered. The courtroom became a vaudeville theatre, as the MP lampooned his interrogators, particularly Mr. Coleman.

Mr. Galloway insisted that he was entirely innocent. He entered the hearing room with guns blazing, telling journalists his inquisitors were "crazed", "pro-war", "lickspittles" of the President, and predicting he would turn the tables on them.

"I want to put these people on trial. This group of neo-cons is involved in the mother of smokescreens," he said. ... They had come equipped for a trial and found themselves in the role of stooges for a man accustomed to playing to the gallery.

Can you still see Coleman's pretty new smile with egg all over his face?


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