Eat At Joes

Just a regular Joe who is angry that the USA, the country he loves, is being corrupted and damaged from within and trying to tell his fellow Americans the other half of the story that they don’t get on the TV News.

Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Scotsman Reads Republicans in Congress the Riot Act and Hands them their Heads and Bush Admin Involved in Oil For Food Scandal!

Republicans in Congress thought they would skewer an anti-Iraq War Scottish member of the British Parliament by accusing him of involvement in the UN Food for Oil scandal. Instead this no nonsense MP read the Republicans in Congress the Riot Act calling their bluff and exposing them as the biggest bunch of hypocrites since ... well actually the Republican Party is the current Guinness World Record holders for Hypocrisy! Here are some good comebacks this Scotsman gave the pompous puffed up prevaricators of Congress:

“I know that standards have slipped over the last few years in Washington but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice,” he said. “I am here today but last week you already found me guilty. You traduced my name around the world without ever having asked me a single question, without ever having contacted me, without ever having written to me or telephoned me, without any contact with me whatsoever and you call that justice.”

"You have the gall to quote a source without ever having asked me if the allegations were true, that I am the 'owner of a company which has made substantial profits from oil for food,'" Galloway said, noting that he owns no companies besides a media firm in London. "You had no business to carry a quotation utterly unsubstantiated and falsely implying otherwise," he said. "You've already found me guilty before I have had a chance to come here and defend myself."

Mr Galloway rejected a claim in the sub committee's report that he had had "many" meetings with Saddam Hussein, explaining that he had only met the former dictator twice.“I have met Saddam Hussein exactly the same number of times as Donald Rumsfeld met him. The difference is that Donald Rumsfeld met him to sell him guns and to give him maps the better to target those guns,” he said.“I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas,” he said. "I met [Saddam] to try and persuade him to allow U.N. weapons inspectors back in the country, a rather better use of the meetings than your own secretary of defense," Galloway told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Investigations Subcommittee.

He said the lists on which his name appeared had been provided by "the convicted bank robber and fraudster and conman" Ahmed Chalabi who later fed top secret US intelligence to the government of Iran endangering US lives and weakening our leverage against that nation. Chalabi a darling of the Bush Admin has now been named as Iraqi Oil Minister despite his previous conviction and anti-American behavior toward Iran.

Some of the "evidence" against Galloway had already been proven forgeries. A fact the Republicans ignored until the Scotsman called them on their hypocritical stance. “What counts is not the names on the paper. What counts is where’s the money, Senator? Who paid me money, Senator? Who paid me hundreds of thousands of dollars? The answer to that is nobody and if you had anybody who paid me a penny you would have produced them here today.” he said.

To one politico, Sen. Norm Coleman, he responded, “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 have paid with their lives, 1600 of them American soldiers, sent to their deaths on a pack of lives, 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies. If the world had listened to Kofi Annan, who's dismissal you demanded, if the world had listened, to President Chirac, who you want to paint as some kind of corrupt traitor, if the world had listened to me and the anti-war movement in Britain, we would not be in the disaster that we are in today. Senator, this is the mother of all smokescreens, you are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's wealth. ” Note: what Gallaway is refering to is that while 3% of the Food for Oil money went missing after 12 years the Bush Administration "lost" nearly 50% of the $20 Billion of Iraq's Oil Money that it was supposed to use to rebuild Iraq. They spent about $2 Billion of the $20 Billion for this purpost and "lost" over $9 Billion of the remaining $18 Billion in a single year. The rest went unused for the purpose of rebuilding Iraq as promised. Insiders suggest that the missing money lined pockets of those connected with Bush's former viceroy in Iraq, Paul Bremmer. While an investigation of the UN Food for Oil scandal was completed, NO investigation has been started to locate the missing $9 Billion that the Bush Admin lost in a single year!

The GOP are unaccustomed to someone actually standing up to them and exposing their lies in public. They were left with their mouths hanging open at his bluntness. You can read more about this altercation here and here and see the video of Gallaway shoving it up the GOP's arses here.

It turns out that the Bush Admin knew that the UN Oil for Food program was being skimmed and despite their ability and duty to investigate it at the time did nothing. That's because they were making money over it. A report just released found that the Bush Administration was not only aware of Iraqi oil sales which violated UN sanctions and provided the bulk of the illicit money Saddam Hussein obtained from circumventing UN sanctions, on occasion, they actually facilitated the illicit oil sales. The report further shows that US oil purchases under Bush accounted for 52% of the kickbacks paid to the regime in return for sales of cheap oil - more than the rest of the world put together. The GOP have been crying crockadile tears over a scandal they participated in. And to a greater extent than the rest of the world combined! What a bunch of hypocrits! Read the damning evidence here.

Well done Mr. Galloway! I wish the Democrats had half the cajones you exhibited on Capitol Hill! If they did maybe the American People would realize what a bunch of lowlife losers the new leaders of the GOP are!



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