"Because I publicly humiliated this lickspittle senator Norman Coleman -- one of [George] Bush's righthand men -- in the US senate in May, this sneak revenge attack has been launched over the past 24 hours," protests British MP blowhard George Galloway as Senator Coleman quietly reels in his catch. (Photograph: Dennis Cook/AP of Galloway before Coleman committee last May)
"He said the investigation was intended to divert attention from the 'pack of lies' that led to the Iraq invasion in 2003," notes CNN re George "Gasbag" Galloway's own pack of lies -- blogged here and here -- before Norm Coleman's Oil-for-Food committee last May. Now Coleman has laid his cards on the table with a damning report, but the bloviating British MP still doesn't get it, telling a reporter that "Hell clearly hath no [greater] fury than a U.S. senator humiliated. It's a sneak revenge attack of the most contemptible kind." Reports The Independent:
[Galloway] was last night accused of lying by a US Congressional committee when he testified earlier this year that he had not received any United Nation food-for-oil allocations from the deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
"We have what we call the smoking gun," said Mr Coleman, who will send the report to the US Department of Justice and the British authorities. The MP could face charges of perjury, making false statements and obstructing a Congressional investigation. Each charge carries a possible jail term of five years and a fine of $250,000.
"[Coleman] has been focussed on cleaning up the UN like no one else," ED Hill of Fox & Friends is saying, even as co-anchor Brian Kilmeade reflexively mouths the tired media CW that Galloway's puerile antics before Senator Coleman were "so convincing." Not. As Lucianne said at the time,
Galloway goes bezerkers at hearing. Claims documents forged, tooth fairy took money, large white rabbit blackmailing him.
Then, as now, the Bush Lied, People Died™ community, wishfully oblivious to Galloway's Marcusian "fiction is truth" inversions, were drawn to the ignis fatuus* of his fiery
Irish Scots [thanks to reader Jim Braiden for the correction] rhetoric. More details of the committee's findings from the London Times:
Some of the most senior members of Saddam Hussein’s regime contradicted George Galloway’s denials that he ever sought benefit from Iraqi oil, US investigators said yesterday.
The most damning fresh testimony came from Tariq Aziz, the former Deputy Prime Minister, who told the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations that Iraq granted Mr Galloway oil allocations to help to fund his Mariam Appeal. The investigators said Mr Aziz also told them that a letter allegedly recording a request by Mr Galloway for an increased “share of oil” is authentic. The letter, found in a government building, purports to be from the Iraqi Intelligence Service, dated January 2000.
The Kos crowd laughed when Norm Coleman sat down -- one of them sarcastically referrred to our own pro-Norm post, Galloway admits he sold his soul, as "My Personal Fave" and advised readers to "be sure you're not drinking anything" before clicking on over. They were snickering over our prediction:
Coleman gives the impression of a skilled fisherman letting a barracuda on the line wear itself out thrashing before the fisherman effortlessly reels him in. Galloway will make a lovely trophy on the wall behind Norm Coleman's desk.
*Ignis fatuus. 1, A phosphorescent light that hovers or flits over swampy ground at night, possibly caused by spontaneous combustion of gases emitted by rotting organic matter. Also called friar's lantern, jack-o'-lantern; Also called will-o'-the-wisp, wisp. 2. Something that misleads or deludes; an illusion.
Update: Woohoo: InstaLanche!
Update II: . We love this bit from TigerHawk:
Sissy Willis, who has had Galloway in her crosshairs at least since his "testimony" before the United States Senate, runs a victory lap.