Tuesday, June 21, 2005


With teary eyes and trembling voice Durbin apologises...

I am not one that will trumpet semantics for the purpose of continuing to dump on someone... but the one thing that still jumps out at me... Especially considering his other attempts to downplay his words and actions is that he still DID NOT say his words were wrong... he still apologized for those who took him wrong and were hurt by his unfortunate choice of words.

He was NOT misunderstood... he said what he did, and I personally feel he should still be forced to say he was WRONG, not just taken wrong. Maybe he really did not mean to demean those that suffered and died at the hands of the gulags and pol pot or Nazi death camps... but he DID demean them... perhaps in his heart of hearts he truly did not mean to demean our soldiers... but he DID, and he did it just to make disparaging remarks about our president... fine... that is what a Democrat is suppose to do, I suppose... but if he crosses the line-- he needs to say so and apology without ANY qualifiers... anything less has little value as far as I am concerned.

A different report of his apology:

Sen. Dick Durbin went to the Senate floor late Tuesday to offer his apologies to anyone who may have been offended by his comparison of treatment of detainees at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Cambodia's Pol Pot.

"More than most people, a senator lives by his words ... occasionally words fail us, occasionally we will fail words," Durbin, D-Ill., said. "I am sorry if anything I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or diminish that moral tragedy.

"I am also sorry if anything I said cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military ... I never ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line to them I extend my heartfelt apology," Durbin said, choking on his words.
Durbin said in the course of his remarks on June 14, he raised "legitimate concerns" about U.S. policy toward prisoners and whether their treatment makes America safer.

Durbin read from an FBI report that included descriptions of one case at Gitmo in which a detainee was held in such cold temperatures that he shivered, another in which a prisoner was held in heat passing 100 degrees, one in which prisoners were left in isolation so long they fouled themselves and one where a prisoner was chained to the floor and forced to listen to loud rap music.


I have not yet listened to his remarks, perhaps they will convince me of his sincerity... even his earlier apology was full of recriminations against Republicans trying to use his political remarks for their own partisan purposes. Does he really NOW feel remorse?

I called Senator Dick Durbin's office this morning at (202) 224-2152 and, after being on hold for a while, laid out the reasons why I think Durbin should resign from the Senate. His staffer told me that as of this morning, he is standing by his statement comparing American soldiers to the Nazis, the Communists and the Khmer Rouge. There was one caveat, however: the staffer told me that Durbin never actually said "American soldiers," and that there are also contract interrogators at Guantanamo Bay. I asked whether Durbin was trying to claim that everything bad about Gitmo was the fault of civilians, and the army has nothing to do with it. She backtracked quickly and denied that this was Durbin's theory--it would, of course, be an absurd claim since the military runs Guantanamo Bay and sets the policies there. Her evasion shows, though, how deeply dishonest Durbin's position is-- Powerline

Also from Powerline... who tend to be thinking along my lines: Senator Dick Durbin characterizes his incessant imputation of heinous misconduct to the American military as "a very poor choice of words": "Sen. Durbin apologizes for Gitmo remarks." Does he retract his comparison of our soldiers to mass murdering Nazis and Communists? The answer, the Minneapolis Star Tribune will be happy to know, is "no."

From: http://anklebitingpundits.com/index.php
More on this later when there's more time to write, but at first glance, Dick Durbin's "apology" is far too equivocal, and in my opinion, too late. Instead of just saying "I'm sorry, I screwed up and what I said was wrong", this is what we get:

"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."
Why the equivocation? Does he still not believe his words crossed the line, or just that he made a "poor choice of words"? And why did it take so long for him to do this, especially in light of him turned down prior chances to do so in the past week. What's changed in that time period?. Wonder if had anything to do with the poll numbers showing Americans favor what's going on Gitmo.

But to me, in the end, what is just as shameful was the week long silence from Democrats refusing to condemn the remarks or call on him to apologize. Not until today did a fellow Democrat, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, have the decency to call Durbin on the carpet. And excuse me for wondering whether Durbin turned on the water works with crocodile tears and said "Sorry", because Daley is from Chicago, and is an extremely powerful person Durbin needs politically in Illinois.

BTW concerning that FBI memo: One knowledgeable official familiar with the memo cited by Durbin as well as other memos said the FBI agent made no such allegation and that the memo described only someone chained to the floor. Anything beyond that is simply an interpretation, or artistic license taken over what the FBI memo actually said.

So after a week of horrendously negative press to which Durbin has repeatedly responded by declaring that he did NOT regret his words and it was just Republicans beating up on him... a prominent Democrat leader with tremendous political clout, Mayor Daley, publicly calls Senator Durbin's words outrageous and now he is suddenly repentant... but still only because his unfortunate choice of words did not reflect what he really meant (the original meaning of which he has been defending all week) ...

Nothing more is going to happen to Durbin, the teary eyes guarantee that, and so I will let it go as a dead horse... but do I believe him or forgive him? Not in a heartbeat... and if any of you do, you are even more gullible than Charlie Brown.

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