Thursday, May 26, 2005

What he said...

Lost in all the Amber Alerts that grab so much attention these days and the nuclear option drama in Congress was George Galloway's appearance before the US Senate. For those who don't know Mr. Galloway, he is an independent member of the British Parliament who was testifying on the Oil for Food Program in Senator Norm Coleman's McCarthey-esque hearings on this non-scandal. Basically...he laid the smack down on Coleman, the Bush Administration, the Democrats, and everyone else that supported a war that has cost thousands of lives for no real benefit. Some of the beautiful quips he had to 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 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.

Plus...this little gem earlier on:
Now I know that standards have slipped in the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice. I am here today but last week you already found me guilty. You traduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question, without ever having contacted me, without ever written to me or telephoned me, without any attempt to contact me whatsoever. And you call that justice.
For a full transcript, including the earlier remarks of Coleman...which Galloway goes point-by-point in showing to be invalid, wrong, dishonest, and an utter sham...click here. For just Galloway's remarks in an easier to read format, click here.

Now...to say Norm Coleman is an a**...that's nothing new. I can hardly wait until Al Franken trounces his rear in 2008. My God...can you imagine Al Franken in the US Senate? LOL.

No...the point of all of this is actually what happened before the hearing even started...when George Galloway laid an even greater smack down on Christopher Hitchens...a hawkish pro-Iraq war buffoon and hack from the "left" who has been proven to be wrong on almost everything he's alleged...and yet refuses to admit it. He had shown up for the hearings and Galloway decided to put him in his place...
Before the hearing began, the Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow even had some scorn left over to bestow generously upon the pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens. "You're a drink-soaked former Trotskyist popinjay," Mr Galloway informed him. "Your hands are shaking. You badly need another drink," he added later, ignoring Mr Hitchens's questions and staring intently ahead. "And you're a drink-soaked ..." Eventually Mr Hitchens gave up. "You're a real thug, aren't you?" he hissed, stalking away.
See The Guardian's coverage here.

Hitchens made me sick with his holier than thou bullsh*t about leaving The Nation because his views pro-war views on Iraq didn't jibe with what was majority opinion on "the left." Basically...like the President...he argued that if we weren't in support of a war that was a bad idea, being fought for bullsh*t reasons, on the cheap, and ineffectively at that...we were somehow unpatriotic, traitorous, and insufficiently American.

Nevermind that in the end...we were right, and he was wrong.

Anyway...saw this stuff this morning (the Hitchens quote) and decided to put it up here. Enjoy.

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