Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Remedial Senate Education

I don't know who is telling the truth in this oil-for-food business, I always assumed that neocons are pushing the scandal to detract attention from the mess in Iraq. But senators Norm Coleman looked and Carl Levin looked rather foolish after George Galloway finished with testifying on his role (or non-role) in the affair. It is possible that Galloway is acting like Michael Corleone in the Godfather Part II, and is lying to the committee in the false belief that there are no witnesses available to finger him. We may eventually find out.

In the meantime, Galloway looked like a school teacher addressing a class of slow fourth graders. It is refreshing to see someone speak to the Senate that way. Members of Congress tend to bloviate endlessly while trying to say very little. I had no doubt where Galloway stood on the issues:

"Now, Senator, I gave my heart and soul to oppose the policy that you promoted. I gave my political life's blood to try to stop the mass killing of Iraqis by the sanctions on Iraq which killed one million Iraqis, most of them children, most of them died before they even knew that they were Iraqis, but they died for no other reason other than that they were Iraqis with the misfortune to born at that time. I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq. And I told the world that your case for the war was a pack of lies.

“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. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and American invasion of their country and that the fall of Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of the beginning.

"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong and 100,000 people paid with their lives; 1600 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.

If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, whose dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened to President Chirac who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth.

"Have a look at the real Oil-for-Food scandal. Have a look at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months when $8.8 billion of Iraq's wealth went missing on your watch. Have a look at Halliburton and other American corporations that stole not only Iraq's money, but the money of the American taxpayer.

"Have a look at the oil that you didn't even meter, that you were shipping out of the country and selling, the proceeds of which went who knows where? Have a look at the $800 million you gave to American military commanders to hand out around the country without even counting it or weighing it.

Alternate take here.
BBC video here.
UPDATE: I haven't found much substantive commentary from the War Party on his testimony, however Charles Johnson (who ironically called Daily Kos a "hate hole") of Little Green Footballs unleashed his followers on Galloway. Some highlights:
I can't take more of that trash. Kos is a traitor."

"It's such a disgrace that the Left in this country will admire ANYONE that hates the Right. It doesn't matter to the them (the Left) that Galloway basically licked Saddam's balls! Who cares? He hates the Right - then he is their guy!

I'm giving up hope that this country will survive. There is too much bickering going on internally to recognize the external (and probably now internal) threat.


"The Muslims will take care of George when he's done serving their purpose. The sooner the better."

"oh really, Galloway? I've a Angelsword forged Scimitar and the training to use it. and you're awfully overweight. but gristle can be carved away. Let's play."


W.C. Varones said...

If the world listened to Kofi Annan, the UN would never do anything.

Glaivester said...

Yes, and that would be such a shame.