Newsweek and Galloway
An excellent defense of Newsweek which includes a reminder of the consequence of lying by...ahem...someone more important than a newsweekly relatively few people in Afghanistan read.
And while it was enjoyable to read British Member of Parliament George Galloway's smack across the brow of the odious Republican Senator from Minnesota, Norm Coleman, I am concerned that too many of our fellow bloggers are falling in love with Galloway, who may still be less than pure in terms of his relationship with the regime of Saddam Hussein, despite his victory in court in a libel suit against the London Telegraph (who received information from possibly American/British intelligence).
Three things that I have noticed re: Galloway that give me pause:
1. Galloway's head of his charity is a Jordanian who may have handsomely profited from oil trading with Saddam's regime.
2. Galloway stated he was a "friend" of Saddam's foreign minister Tariq Aziz.
3. Galloway decried not merely "neo-cons" for supporting the Iraq war, but also "Zionists." This last term is a mighty broad term to use and...as I said, it gives me pause about this fellow.
Finally, let's restore the focus on the fact that the US government allowed US companies to profit in illegal trades with Saddam's regime within the "Oil for Food" program--and then of course there is the point that the US occupation of Iraq under Haliburton and other companies also has its mercenary elements.