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Qtec
05-18-2005, 07:10 AM
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Galloway: I won Senate showdown



WASHINGTON (CNN) -- British Member of Parliament George Galloway was returning to the UK Wednesday confident he won a fiery showdown with U.S. senators who have accused him of profiting from the U.N.'s defunct oil-for-food program in Iraq.

Galloway said he was "absolutely" convinced he had been vindicated from allegations that he received vouchers for 20 million barrels of oil from Saddam Hussein's regime.

"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.

He said after his appearance before the Senate panel Tuesday that his accusers had little credibility "outside of Washington." <font color="blue"> Wonder why! </font color>

But the panel's Republican chairman, Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota, hit back, telling media after the session that Galloway's credibility was "very suspect."

Galloway told CNN that while Saddam's regime shared a "lot of responsibility" for deaths in Iraq, so too did the policies of Washington and London.

Galloway, an outspoken critic of the war in Iraq, called the Senate panel's investigation the "mother of all smokescreens" used to divert attention from the "pack of lies" that led to the 2003 invasion.

"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," he told 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 have paid with their lives -- 1,600 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."

He added: "Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens. You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported."

The Respect MP said he would continue to demand the withdrawal of U.S. and UK forces from Iraq following his fiery appearance in Washington.

He told CNN the U.S. and British governments were no longer believed in their statements on Iraq and that their forces could not be part of any solution there.

Galloway's appearance before the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee was the first by a politician allegedly involved in the oil-for-food corruption scandal.

In a report last week, the subcommittee stated that deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam granted Galloway vouchers for 20 million barrels of oil between 2000 and 2003.

Galloway strongly disputed that allegation Tuesday.

"I am not now or 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 anybody on my behalf," Galloway testified.

He also said he did not own a company that trades in oil.

"If you had any evidence of that I had ever engaged in any actual oil transaction, if you had any evidence that anybody ever gave me any money, it would be before the public and before this (committee today)," Galloway said.

Coleman, a former district attorney, told Galloway before his sworn testimony that "senior Iraqi officials have confirmed that you, in fact, received oil allocations and that the documents that identify you as an allocation recipient are valid."

Galloway challenged that accusation in his opening statement.

"Now, I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington, <font color="blue">Ha. </font color> but for a lawyer, you're remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice," he told Coleman.

Rumsfeld comparison
Galloway, 51, is a leading critic of British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his alliance with U.S. President George W. Bush in the war in Iraq. He was re-elected on an anti-war platform earlier this month.

He said he was "friendly" with former Iraqi Foreign Minister Tariq Aziz and met him many times but that he met with Saddam only twice -- in 1994 and in 2002 -- the last time to persuade Saddam to allow U.N. weapons inspectors into the country.

He said he had met with Saddam "exactly as many times as Donald Rumsfeld has met with him."

"The difference is Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and give him maps," Galloway said in his heated opening statement.

"I met him to try and bring about an end to sanctions, suffering and war, and on the second occasion, I met him to try and persuade him to allow Hans Blix and U.N. inspectors back into country."

Rumsfeld visited Baghdad to meet Saddam as President Reagan's Middle East envoy in the 1980s, when the U.S. sided with Iraq in its war with Iran. Blix was chief U.N. weapons inspector in Iraq before the war.

Galloway complained that the panel had determined his guilt without speaking to him.

"You have my name on lists provided to you... by the convicted bank robber and fraudster and con man Ahmed Chalabi, who many people, to their credit, in your country now realize played a decisive role in leading your country into the disaster in Iraq," Galloway told the panel. <font color="blue"> Apparently not! </font color>

Other allegations reportedly came from Iraqi detainees.

"In these circumstances, knowing what the world knows about how you treat prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison, in Bagram Air Base [Afghanistan], in Guantanamo Bay -- including, if I may say, British citizens being held in those places -- I'm not sure how much credibility anyone would put on anything you manage to get from a prisoner in those circumstances," he said.

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Wally_in_Cincy
05-19-2005, 05:55 AM
I heard he's a pompous fool and a crook to boot.

Gayle in MD
05-19-2005, 06:26 AM
Thank you for posting this. I saw his testimony, and it reminded me of John Dean's first day of testimony during Watergate, when it was immediately evident that we were hearing the truth for the first time. Mr. Galloway, unfortunately will now be degraded and slandered by the republican right smear machine which would prefer lies and corruption to having to admit the actual truth.

Gayle in Md. Glad he stood up against the diversion tactics....

Qtec
05-19-2005, 07:10 AM
Wally, I agree with you. I dont like the guy AT ALL! I actually think he,s guilty!but he is one smart, slippery MF.
The Senate didnt do its homework. I have to say it, he called their bluff and they ended up looking like amateurs..

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Wally_in_Cincy
05-19-2005, 07:34 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> Wally, I agree with you. <hr /></blockquote>

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As Fred Sanford would say, "I'm coming Elizabeth. This is the big one"

eg8r
05-19-2005, 08:49 AM
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Mr. Galloway, unfortunately will now be degraded and slandered by the republican right smear machine which would prefer lies and corruption to having to admit the actual truth.
<hr /></blockquote> Do you think anyone here would believe for a second, that you would be open-minded enough to even listen to the other side? I wouldn't bet on it.

eg8r

Deeman2
05-19-2005, 09:12 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> Wally, I agree with you. I dont like the guy AT ALL! I actually think he,s guilty!but he is one smart, slippery MF.
The Senate didnt do its homework. I have to say it, he called their bluff and they ended up looking like amateurs..

Q <hr /></blockquote> <font color="blue">

Damn, I agree completely with Q. /ccboard/images/graemlins/ooo.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/tongue.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/frown.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/confused.gif

I will now go check to see if hell has reached the freezing point... </font color>

Deeman

Chopstick
05-19-2005, 10:58 AM
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eg8r
05-19-2005, 11:14 AM
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Damn, I agree completely with Q.

I will now go check to see if hell has reached the freezing point... <hr /></blockquote> Sometimes he has his moments. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

eg8r

Gayle in MD
05-19-2005, 04:10 PM
Aw, c'mon Ed, you can't fool me, I know ya love me...

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eg8r
05-20-2005, 06:17 AM
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eg8r

Qtec
05-20-2005, 07:10 AM
Ed............................youre losing it! /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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AmazingBrewdini
05-23-2005, 11:23 PM
So what is it that you find most appealing about Mr. Galloway? Is it his virulent hatred of Jews or his love of murderous dictators? /ccboard/images/graemlins/smirk.gif

Qtec
05-25-2005, 08:50 AM
If you want to debate a point, I,m ready. IF you have one!

I must warn you though, before you make a total D-Head out of yourself, TRY READING the posts in the thread!


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Quote Qtec:
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Wally, I agree with you. <font color="blue"> I dont like the guy AT ALL! I actually think he,s guilty!but he is one smart, slippery MF.</font color>
The Senate didnt do its homework. I have to say it, he called their bluff and they ended up looking like amateurs..

Q <hr /></blockquote>

You are WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY out of youre depth Bud! /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

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AmazingBrewdini
05-26-2005, 10:04 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Qtec:</font><hr> If you want to debate a point, I,m ready. IF you have one!

I must warn you though, before you make a total D-Head out of yourself, TRY READING the posts in the thread!


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Quote Qtec:
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Wally, I agree with you. <font color="blue"> I dont like the guy AT ALL! I actually think he,s guilty!but he is one smart, slippery MF.</font color>
The Senate didnt do its homework. I have to say it, he called their bluff and they ended up looking like amateurs..

Q <hr /></blockquote>

You are WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY out of youre depth Bud! /ccboard/images/graemlins/shocked.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Q
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Bullshit. You claim not to like the guy, while selectively highlighting quotes and then agreeing with him. I read the post, and I don't care what kind of spin you want to put on it. It's obvious to me that you agree with Galloway.

Just answer the question. What precisely is it that you admire most about Galloway? Dou you deny his history of being anti-Jew? Do you deny his history of being pro-Middle Eastern dictatorships? By the way you d-head comment, and your "out of your depth" drivel are pure class (not).

Rest assured my euro-trash friend, intellectually I am more than a match for you. I'm sorry you don't like my calling you on it. But that's just tough noogies, isn't it, my little impotent Dutch boy?

Qtec
05-27-2005, 08:58 AM
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Bullshit. You claim not to like the guy, <font color="blue"> I dont, I think I said that. </font color> while selectively highlighting quotes and then agreeing with him. <font color="blue"> Just because I think the guy makes a good point, doesnt mean to say I LIKE him. </font color> I read the post, and I don't care what kind of spin you want to put on it. <font color="blue">Spin? </font color> It's obvious to me that you agree with Galloway. <font color="blue"> Why dont you try reading what is written and not what you THINK is written! </font color>

Just answer the question. What precisely is it that you admire most about Galloway? <font color="blue"> Is that a question? Your question PRESUMES that I like G, while I have already stated that I dont! Do you work for FOX! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color> Dou you deny his history of being anti-Jew? <font color="blue"> </font color> Do you deny his history of being pro-Middle Eastern dictatorships? <font color="blue">Does he have a history of being pro-ME dictatorships? I dont know, but I am willing to be convinced. </font color> By the way you d-head comment, and your "out of your depth" drivel are pure class (not). <font color="blue"> If you read my post, I didnt call you ANYTHING. </font color>

Rest assured my euro-trash friend, <font color="blue"> Nice! </font color> intellectually I am more than a match for you. <font color="blue"> I,m shaking in my boots! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color> I'm sorry you don't like my calling you on it. <font color="blue"> Oh I do, I do. Ask anybody. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif </font color> But that's just tough noogies, isn't it, my little impotent Dutch boy? <font color="blue"> HaHaHaaaaaaaaaa........ /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Please, continue. I,m loving this. /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif </font color>

Like I said, try READING the posts!

Q /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif............got a live one... /ccboard/images/graemlins/laugh.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif





The Amazing Brewdini - Watch as I make beer after beer disappear!
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Qtec
05-27-2005, 03:25 PM
Seems like the Amazing Brewdini has............................................... ...............................disappeared. /ccboard/images/graemlins/blush.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Q ....I guess he is still thinking..........NOT.Haaaaaaaaaa /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif