After sitting through one and a half hours of testimony against him, the British politician went on the attack. He delivered a blistering indictment of Coleman, Senate Republicans, the Iraq war, Abu Ghraib, Rumsfeld, neocon websites, Halliburton, and the rest of the Bush Administration. In the words of the BBC, he displayed none of "the forelock-tugging deference to which senators are accustomed."
Galloway preparing to eviscerate Coleman in Senate committee hearing
Photo from Times Online
He said "lie" and "pack of lies," repeatedly. He said "steal." He said "puppet regime" and "war crimes." He said, "Now, I know that standards have slipped in the last few years in Washington, but for a lawyer you are remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice." Sentence after beautiful sentence rolled off his tongue in a beautiful Scottish burr. His closing statement:
Read the transcript here or watch the video. Democratic candidates and elected officials, please pay close attention; it is possible to speak the truth in Washington.
UPDATE: The Guardian reports that just before the hearing, Galloway had a few words for pro-war writer Christopher Hitchens, whom he called a "drink-soaked former Trotskyite popinjay."