George Galloway, MP in the British House of Commons, and consistent critic of the Anglo-American war on Iraq, blasted the US Senate on Wednesday May 17, in its Oil-For-Food campaign against Russian, French, and British political opponents of the neocon war, calling the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations’ campaign the “Mother of All Smokescreens.” The real issue, Galloway maintained, was the “pack of lies” that was behind the invasion of Iraq.
The accomplished orator left Committee Chair Norm Coleman (R), political weasel from New Jersey via Minnesota, gaping like a fat fish, holding a thick stack of questionable documents. Galloway suggested that the documents were forgeries, since their authenticity was confirmed by officials about to be tried for war crimes by “Iraq’s American puppet government.”
“I have never seen a barrel of oil, owned one, bought on, sold one, and neither has anybody on my behalf,” Galloway said. “The real sanctions busters were not me or Russian politicians or French politicians,” he continued, but “your own companies with the connivance of your own government.”
The Committee confronted Galloway with the accusation that a man who ran Galloway’s cancer charity and contributed to Galloway’s campaign financing had paid a surcharge to Hussein’s government on some oil allocations. “But the committee has produced no documents that show that Mr. Galloway or his charity actually received money” (New York Times. 2005. “British Lawmaker Scolds Senators on Iraq.” Wednesday, May 18: A9).
Both Democrats and Republicans were flustered by Galloway’s refusal to accede to U.S. realpolitik. The U.S. press was further scandalized by Galloway’s dismissal of reporters from “neocon” publications.