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Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Next Instance of the Chewbacca Defense

On my ride to the airport this AM (4.30 am EDT to be precise), heard Georgie Galloway talking on the NYC public radio... Seems that some poppenjays have been doing some investigation into Galloway and have found that there was some Saddamite cash which found its way to Galloway's pockets.

H/T Ace of Spades

GEORGE GALLOWAY faces possible criminal charges after a US Senate investigation tracked $150,000 (£85,000) in Iraqi oil money to his wife’s bank account in Jordan. The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will refer the Respect Party MP for possible prosecution after concluding that he gave “false and misleading” testimony at his appearance before the panel in May.

The sub-committee claimed that, through intermediaries, Mr Galloway and the Mariam Appeal were granted eight allocations of Iraqi crude oil totalling 23 million barrels from 1999 to 2003.

It will also forward the new information to British authorities, saying it raised questions about Mr Galloway’s financial disclosure and the payment of illegal kickbacks to Iraq. “We have what we would call the smoking gun,” said Senator Norm Coleman, the sub-committee’s Republican chairman.

The sub-committee’s report, released today, was provoked by Mr Galloway’s clash with the senators — which he turned into a book entitled Mr Galloway goes to Washington. In that encounter, the anti-war MP vehemently denied receiving oil allocations from Iraq.

But the report provides bank account details tracking payments from an oil company through a Jordanian middleman to Mr Galloway’s now estranged wife, Amineh Abu- Zayyad, and his Mariam Appeal fund.

Now, Galloway's best bud was found to have received cash from Saddam and Galloway swept it aside. Now, his wife is caught with black gold on her hands. There are two defense strategies that Galloway will employ (the following written with a Scottish accent):
  1. Well, the oil contracts weren't with ME, you bahstard. It was just my wife... Why, she's got plenty of dealings and experience in the oil industry - just a coincidence
  2. Once that fails, this strategy is sure to follow:
    But ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider: Ladies and gentlemen this [pointing to a picture of Chewbacca] is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk, but Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now, think about that. THAT DOES NOT MAKE SENSE! (Background: Damnit! What? He's using the Chewbacca defense!) Why would a Wookiee—an eight foot tall Wookiee—want to live on Endor with a bunch of two foot tall Ewoks? That does not make sense!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler