Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Calling Galloway's Bluff - The Senate uncovers a smoking gun.

Christopher Hitchens launches a thermonuclear attack on anti-American darling George Galloway who has gotten the warm tongue-bath of adulation from the MSM for his anti-war and anti-American comments prior to and after the Iraq War.

It was suspected that he was paid off by Team Saddam to carry his water and now it's been proven:

Just before my last exchange with George Galloway, which occurred on the set of Bill Maher's show in Los Angeles in mid-September, I was approached by a representative of the program and asked if I planned to repeat my challenge to Galloway on air. That challenge—would he sign an affidavit saying that he had never discussed Oil-for-Food monies with Tariq Aziz?—I had already made on a public stage in New York. Maher's producers had been asked, obviously by a nervous Galloway, to find out whether I had brought such an affidavit along with me. I replied that this was not necessary, since his public denial to me was on the record and had been broadcast, and since it further confirmed the apparent perjury that he had committed in front of the U.S. Senate on May 17, 2005. I added that I wanted no further contact with Galloway until I could have the opportunity of reviewing his prison diaries.

That day has now been brought measurably closer by the publication of the report of the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. This report, which comes with a vast archive of supporting material, was embargoed until 10 p.m. Monday and contains the "smoking gun" evidence that Galloway, along with his wife and his chief business associate, were consistent profiteers from Saddam Hussein's regime and its criminal exploitation of the "Oil for Food" program. In particular:

1) Between 1999 and 2003, Galloway personally solicited and received eight oil "allocations" totaling 23 million barrels, which went either to him or to a politicized "charity" of his named the Mariam Appeal.

2) In connection with just one of these allocations, Galloway's wife, Amineh Abu-Zayyad, received about $150,000 directly.

3) A minimum of $446,000 was directed to the Mariam Appeal, which campaigned against the very sanctions from which it was secretly benefiting.

4) Through the connections established by the Galloway and "Mariam" allocations, the Saddam Hussein regime was enabled to reap $1,642,000 in kickbacks or "surcharge" payments.

Taken together with the scandal surrounding Benon Sevan, the U.N. official responsible for "running" the program, and with the recent arrest of Ambassador Jean-Bernard Mérimée (France's former U.N. envoy) in Paris, and with other evidence about pointing to big bribes paid to French and Russian politicians like Charles Pasqua and Vladimir Zhirinovsky, what we are looking at is a well-organized Baathist attempt to buy or influence the member states of the U.N. Security Council. One wonders how high this investigation will reach and how much it will eventually explain.

Yet this is the man who received wall-to-wall good press for insulting the Senate subcommittee in May, and who was later the subject of a fawning puff piece in the New York Times, and who was lionized by the anti-war movement when he came on a mendacious and demagogic tour of the country last month. I wonder if any of those who furnished him a platform will now have the grace to admit that they were hosting a man who is not just a pimp for fascism but one of its prostitutes as well.

Phony war hero and serial golddigger John "three papercuts and out" Kerry spoke (and still speaks) of "the Global Test" that American needs to pass before being allowed to defend itself from its enemies which meant we needed permission from the countries and organizations being paid off to oppose us. Nice.

As many flavors of suck Dubya is, he's still better than the alternatives we had. That says less about his quality than it does about the screaming void the Dems are. The only thing the Stupid Party has going for them is that the Dems are clearly worse and voters aren't ready to move from holding their noses to commiting suicide.

I wonder if the MSM will report this news? Judging from the fact that they chose to fetishize and celebrate the 2000th dead soldier over the ratification of the Iraqi Constitution, it appears they won't; it breaks their preordained storylike of: America bad, America bad, world hates America because it's bad, Dubya lied, Plame game, Rove, Libby, treason, America bad, war not worth it, Viet Nam, blah, blah, woof, woof.

The fact that non-Kool Aid drinkers knew that Iraq was bribing countries to oppose us and the UN Oil-For-Food program was a scam THREE YEARS AGO is lost on people commited to advancing the fascist-liberal agenda of destroying America and installing despotic rule under the UN and American Fascist Democratic Party.

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