GOP's Coleman whopped by Brit

"Senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong."


Eric Boehlert
May 18, 2005 7:15PM (UTC)

War Room agrees with Americablog: You've got to watch this clip. It's an excerpt from yesterday's Senate hearings, chaired by Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., into the United Nations' oil-for-food controversy. Called to testify was a feisty, antiwar member of the British Parliament, accused by Coleman and others of rigging the system, buying up Iraqi oil and befriending Saddam Hussein. But it was Galloway who took control of the hearing and, as Americablog puts it, "ripped Coleman a new one as only a Brit can."

That seemed to be the international consensus.

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Here's a key Galloway passage that might still be ringing in Coleman's ears:

"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-Qaida. 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 paid with their lives -- 1,600 of them American soldiers sent to their deaths on a pack of lies, 15,000 of them wounded, many of them disabled forever on a pack of lies."


Eric Boehlert

Eric Boehlert, a former senior writer for Salon, is the author of "Lapdogs: How the Press Rolled Over for Bush."

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