Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Mother of all Smokescreens
"I am not now nor have I ever been an oil trader and neither has anyone on my behalf."
-George Galloway, a Member of the British Parliment, and the guy who resigned a high-level post in Prime Minister Tony Blair's cabinet because of his opposition to the Iraqi war, during a "Joe McCarthy-esque" opening salvo aimed at Freshman Minnesota Senator, Nrom Coleman (R).
Man... don't you wish that the late Senator Paul Wellstone, his wife and daughter had never been killed in that terrible plane crash right before the November 2, 2004 election? What a break for the Bush administration, Senator Coleman and the Republican Party that, arguably, the most respected member of the upper house of congress was not there to defeat sub-committee Chairman Coleman. At the time of his death, Wellstone was 5 points ahead and climbing.
Honesty does account for something, after all and the people of Minnesota know that.
"the mother of all smokescreens"
-Galloway, in reference to the FACT that the administration of George W. Bush, through its incompetence, or other "unstated reasons", misused, mishandled or simply watched their contributors steal millions of dollars of Iraqi wealth (see the $8.8 billion "missing" from Iraq in oil wealth and the $1.1 billion of that money that went to KBR).
"On the very first page of your document about me, you assert that I have had many meetings with Saddam Hussein. This is false,"
"I have had two meetings with Saddam Hussein, once in 1994 and once in August 2002. By no stretch of the English language can that be described as many meetings. In fact I've met him 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."
"I was an opponent of Saddam Hussein when British and American governments and businessmen were selling him guns and gas."
"You have nothing on me, Senator, except my name on lists of names from Iraq, many of which have been drawn up after the installation of your puppet government in Iraq."
Man... Do I REALLY miss Wellstone NOW!
"Now 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."
I think he just called Coleman a LIAR and a FAKE. WOW!
"Senior Hussein regime officials informed the subcommittee that the allocation holders - in this case, Galloway - were ultimately responsible for the surcharge payment and therefore would have known of the illegal, under-the-table payment,"
C'mon... guess who is one of the "senior officials". Ahmed Chalabi. That's the same Ahmed Chalabi that suckered the US into the war in the first place. that's the same Ahmed Chalabi that buddied up with the Iranians after the US found out he was full of sh*t. That's the same Ahmed Chalabithat was sentenced to jail in Jordan for stealing from a bank who employed him. And that's the same Ahmed Chalabi who is now the head of the new Iraqi Shi'ite government! Oh yeah... HE'S a GOOD SOURCE.
"I am not sure how much credibility anyone would put on anything which you managed to get from a prisoner in those circumstances,"
-Galloway, referring to another "source" against him that is being held in the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, by US forces, on war crimes charges.
"I gave my heart and soul to stop you from committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq. And I told the world that the case for war was a pack of lies."
-Galloway, referring to his vehement opposition to the war before it ever began (but obviously not before it was planned - see the Downing Street memo)
"On the one hand, the United States was at the UN trying to stop Iraq from imposing illegal surcharges on Oil-for-Food contacts. On the other hand, the US ignored red flags that some US companies might be paying those same illegal surcharges."
-Senator Carl Levin, referring to US companies that knowingly did what Galloway is accused of. I wonder where Halliburton fits in here?
Because of a friendship and loose affiliation with a Jordanian businessman, Fawaz Zureikat, who had dealings with Hussein, somehow Coleman was able to make a connection to Galloway dancing away with illegal monies from Iraq.
"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."
stating the obvious.
Interstate Highway Funding
two areas where we need to spend money. One is national defense and the other is
-Sen. James Inhofe (R-Ok), chairman of the Environment and Public Works Committee
The self described "most conservative senator in the senate" realizes the need for repairing this nation's infrastructure. The bill, which President Bush plans to veto, passed 89-11. It included a majority of Republicans.
The job of government is not only to keep us safe but to provide certain public works. Since we can't lease out stretches of the Interstate System (named for President Dwight D. Eisenhower - a Republican) and plead with private industry to fix our roads, we must do this ourselves. The administration of GW Bush doesn't see it that way.
The bill was passed with a price tag of $295 billion. That's $11 billion more than President Bush wanted to pay.
Personally? I think it's just a little muscle flexing by the Bushies for what amounts to a small amount of money, comparatively.
Isn't it funny how the Bush Administration gets on Newsweek for a flawed report, which they retracted already, but feels that it's "okay" for Bob Novak to release the name of an undercover CIA operative?
"Current Chinese policies are highly distortionary and pose a risk to China's economy its trading partners and global economic growth,"
-the Treasury Department, in a report to Congress
First, let's stop borrowing money from China. It's hard to dictate terms to your lender. Second, put surcharges on goods coming into America from China. They do it to us, so isn't turnabout fair play? Third, maybe if the likes of companies such as Wal-Mart would stop doing all of their business with foreign companies and give US companies a chance, and start paying a living wage, and start providing dome kind of health care to their employees, we can get some of that valuable US currency back in the US. And finally, maybe of the tax give-back to the rich was eliminated, and the middle-class received that money instead, the US economy would start to pick up more frequently and steadily.
But we all know that all of this will take a leader of vision, guts and compassion. Wait until 2008 everyone, and pray.
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