It takes a Brit to stand up to the Republican juggernaut

George Galloway yesterday before a Senate subcommittee (the mainsteam media snippets are the tip of the iceberg):

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.

Read the whole transcript. Blistering!


Grendel said...

Sorry -- I fixed the link

bR said...

What I admire is Galloway's complete lack of equivocation:

"I am not now, nor have I ever been, an oil trader. and neither has anyone on my behalf. I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought one, sold one - and neither has anyone on my behalf."

You would almost never see that definitive of a statement coming from the lips of a U.S. politician at the national level.

Grendel said...

The very fact that such colorful verbal dexterity and fearless critique on the Senate floor is so astonishing is an indication of just what timid, spineless dullards our representatives are. As someone on DailyKos put it, it's as if we live behind the Iron Curtain and someone from the West has come to make a speech, giving all kinds of information denied to us through our official media.

chad said...

I'm also rather fond of this bit:

"These people think they can smear people without them having the right to speak back and this time I got that right and I knocked them for six," he told reporters before leaving the U.S.

"Koncked them for six" is awesome whatever it means.

PJKM said...

It's a colloquial expression meaning to surprise: its source, I guess, is cricket - if you knock the ball beyond the boundary, you score six.

dunkeys said...

Also, Chad, the Force is caused by midichlorians.