When I first heard about the four US senators demanding a probe into the release of Megrahi, I was giving them a limited benefit of the doubt, in the sense that I assumed that their cavalier attitude to fact was based on typical American insularity - ie. if something hasn't been reported in the US media, it might as well never have happened at all. But the more I've followed the pronouncements of Menendez, Gillibrand, Schumer and Lautenburg over recent days, the more I've recognised their offensive buffoonery for what it is. Witness this statement from Menendez at a press conference just a few hours ago -
"some independent reports suggest that he [Megrahi] may well be alive for another ten years"
These "some reports" of course refer to the musings of Dr Karol Sikora - a fact that poses a couple of rather huge problems for Senator Menendez. First of all, Sikora has made clear that while it is theoretically possible that Megrahi may survive for another decade, the chances of that happening are less than 1%. Now, does that justify the characterisation "may well be alive for another ten years"? The most charitable thing that can be said about that statement is that it's consciously intended to mislead.
Secondly, Sikora is the doctor whose initial report Menendez and his colleagues (falsely) claimed was used by Kenny MacAskill to inform his decision, a "fact" that was deemed outrageous due to Sikora being paid by the Libyan government. So let me get this clear - Sikora is a Libyan stooge when he's saying what the senators don't want to hear, but miraculously becomes an "independent" source of information when he says what they do want to hear?
But this was the comment from Menendez that really took the biscuit -
"We'd like to know how you can get it so wrong."
Whoever said Americans don't do irony?