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Thursday, October 27, 2005

George blinded by his own star

It looks more and more like Gorgeous George Galloway managed to sink himself earlier in the year when he first faced a Senate Committee in the USA, despite the "acclaim" he won for supposedly wiping the floor with the incompetent Senator Coleman. Now it seems more like the senators were setting the stage and allowing George to pay out enough rope to hang himself with, which he proceeded to do in only the way a man obsessed with his own rhetoric can. Back then the Belmont Club noted
In the exchange above it is abundantly clear that both Coleman and Levin simply wanted to enter Galloway's denial of having discussed Oil for Food business with Tariq Aziz in the record. Levin immediately ends his questioning after eliciting Galloway's "Never". Coleman is content to merely establish that Aziz and Galloway were "friends" who had met "many times" before saying "I have no further questions of the witness".
In followup this week they speculate further given recent developments
It was Galloway's contempt for the intelligence and capability of his Senatorial pursuers that may have gotten him into this perjury mess in the first place. It wasn't enough to remain silent on his relationship with with Zureikat. Playing to his gallery, Galloway boomed, "I can assure you, Mr. Zureikat never gave me a penny from an oil deal, from a cake deal, from a bread deal, or from any deal." Nice touch about the cake and the bread. Perhaps he couldn't imagine, at the time, why these yokels were asking him simple questions that were beneath his level of rhetorical ability. Even today Galloway may think so little of his adversaries that he was willing to boast on BBC Radio that "I am ready to fly to the US today, if necessary, to face such a charge because it is simply false." He is as smart today as he was then.
Galloway doesn't seem to have learned, or care. Even if he is dumb enough to allow himself be charged with perjury by turning up on American soil there is not much chance of him doing the time. But still, the public humiliation would be a just reward for a media-whore like himself. It doesn't pay to underestimate the workings of those dumb senators, even the Republican ones. But if he carries on like this they'll give him a much sorer arse than even Hitchens could manage.
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Posted by Chefen | 10/27/2005 07:36:00 AM