"<i>Get a ringside seat</i>"

By sizemore Last edited 153 months ago
"<i>Get a ringside seat</i>"
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We've been looking forward to this. In the left corner weighing in with a face full of cigar and several wins already under his belt is 'Gorgeous' George Galloway. Way over on the right weighing in with a US Senate Committee behind him is Republican Norman 'Norm' Coleman.

Galloway (already nicknamed 'The Oily Brit' by The New York Post) is in the US to defend himself against allegations that he profited from his links with Saddam Hussein and has already told journalists to "get a ringside seat". Speaking to the Socialist Worker, Galloway said:

"I'll be there to give the committee both barrels — verbal guns, of course, not oil. I welcome the opportunity to clear my name. My first words will be 'Senator, it's a pity that we are having this interview after you have found me guilty. Even in Franz Kafka's novels there was the semblance of a trial'"

This may well fall on deaf ears as Coleman has said that he may "walk him" through some of the evidence, "but in the end I'm not looking for much from him".

This seems a little odd - to accuse someone of something and then not expect much of them in return, but then again this is the strange world of American politics... We're following the Senate's lead and are quite happy to make up our minds well in advance on this too. Cole looks like a lightweight and we're expecting George to be picking bits of 'Norm' meat from his teeth for days to come.

UPDATE: Galloway is already on the offensive.

Last Updated 17 May 2005

Phil

I suspect the whole thing is jut a bit of a diversion tactic from the main issue of the US oil trading



Interesting that it didn't come out in the joint report, only the Democratic one....

The Doctor

"Your excellency, Mr President, I greet you in the name of the many thousands of people in Britain who stood against the tide and opposed the war and aggression against Iraq and continue to oppose the war by economic means, which is aimed to strangle the life out of the great people of Iraq ... I greet you too in the name of the Palestinian people ... I thought the president would appreciate to know that even today, three years after the war, I still meet families who are calling their newborn sons Saddam. Sir, I salute your courage, your strength your indefatigability. And I want you to know that we are with you until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem."

Mike

Phil - I'm shocked that you'd think that the Republicans have anything but the best interests of the Iraqi people at heart. /sarcasm.

Doc - Yep he said that. Not the best line to take with a dictator (Galloway always goes over the top), but then again we do business with them all the time as do the US. Rumsfeld himself met Hussein twice and I seem to remember they were just as friendly when they were exchanging money for weapons.

Galloway has a knack of going against popular opinion like when he marched with Gerry Adams back in 1990 and was called a traitor by the press then too.

It takes conversation rather than armed force to bring change to a region and if buttering up Hussein some more could have led to an open discourse rather than an invasion and the ridiculous loss of life that followed then I wish we had a few more like Galloway and a few less like Blair.

bickle

You should also know that Coleman is a scumbag of the highest order who was elected only when his opponent was killed in a plane crash 11 days before the election (and who not only campaigned during the mourning period but made a political football of some speeches made at the dead man's funeral in the final days of the election).

I don't know much about Galloway, but if Coleman is after him, he's my new hero.

Vic

Galloway is a thieving scumbag of the worst kind. Too bad they can't arrest him and send him down to Gitmo where he can party with his Al-Qaeda buddies.

Britain is dead. Done. Old news. Not a factor. No one cares what you think, but it's funny to hear you bleat like sheep.

Mike

Gitmo? Is Guantanamo really that hard to spell? Wait... don't answer that.

Will

Another successful "hearts and minds" operation from the Americans via Vic, there. I find it entertaining to watch your economy scream with pain because the cheap energy that is the only cause for its success is disappearing.

Don't forget to enlist. The US Army missed its last recruitment target by 40%. I suppose this is because the US right is all sizzle and no sausage. You want to fight Al-Qaeda? Go and fight Al-Qaeda. Recruiters are waiting by the phones.

Vic

If you toothless cretins had any hearts and minds it might be worth being nice to you. As it is, you are just toilet paper on the heel of a world that is quickly moving away from your addled isle.

Go back to your Daily Mirrors and enjoy the fiction, boyos!

Mike

And with that Vic turned his back on Londonist forever, knowing that his destiny lay within the stuck together pages of Guns & Ammo and his oft watched copy of Rambo III...

Will

Okeydokey. Enjoy watching the "truth" on Fox. And enjoy the draft. It's like Xbox. Only you die.

Vic

Sorry, I have never picked up a copy of Guns & Ammo, and after the first Rambo movie I quit watching. I don't know that I have watched Fox News more than twice, and I have no idea what an Xbox is supposed to do for you besides rot your brain and make your thumbs huge.

That's your problem, BritBoys -- you have an uneducated view of the world. You think a nice chat can solve the world's problems. I'm betting that would have worked quite well with Herr Hitler, wouldn't it? (Then again, at least your trains would run on time now.)

Enjoy your slide into amusement-parkdom!

roger

Ha, ha! I have just watched George's performance. Fantastic! I especially liked that moment that he bent Norm over the table and ravished him from behind. Still Norm left the room with a rather strange, fixed, smile on his face.

J. A. Walker

As an American I would like to say that I consider Mr. Galloway "one hell of an outstanding citizen." Your country is fortunate to have someone of his character in your gov.
He blew those lying politicians on Capital Hill out of the water.
It's too bad that he can not sue those lying NeoCons and war mongruing liars for the problems that purposely laid against him.

Three cheers for Mr. George Galloway, tell him to keep up the good fight!

Will

Vic, we've done the "death of Empire" thing for 50 years now. We actually quite enjoy it. I find it hilarious that you feel so insecure you need to spend ages informing us apparently irrelevant ciphers of your own mighty superiority. Pretty weak for a proud citizen of a hyperpower, matey.

As for "uneducated", this is opposed to the famously cosmopolitan American public? As for your invocation of Herr Hitler, I seem to remember we fought him for two years before you could make up your minds what side you were on.

Enjoy your slide into corporate fascism!

.corran.

I'm sorry mike and will. but I think what my American friend meant by 'uneducated' was just on hip new words. Come on now, everyone knows that "Gitmo" is the new black.
But I don't really get what he meant about Hitler having the key to trains running on...time? Was he famous for that? I know I recognize the name...hmmmmm...Hitler...Hitler...Oh ya...isn't he that Christian guy who said "Strength lies not in defence but in attack" and started invading countries with that whole 'regime change" idea?