Thursday, June 16, 2005

A Speech Too Far

(Note: Updates below)

Jimmie at the Sundries Shack comments on this piece from James Taranto at Best Of The Web Today (WSJ OpinionJournal). James Taranto's piece:

Durbin Supports the Troops
Sen. Dick Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, took the Senate floor yesterday and likened American servicemen to Nazis (link in PDF):

When you read some of the graphic descriptions of what has occurred here [at Guantanamo Bay]--I almost hesitate to put them in the [Congressional] Record, and yet they have to be added to this debate. Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:

On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold. . . . On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor.

If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime--Pol Pot or others--that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.

We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis.

Huh? Dick Durbin? A United States Senator? Yep, checked his web site, and sure enough he is! After standing in my kitchen this afternoon, yelling and cursing at the TV tuned to FNC showing the Neil Cavuto interview with Dennis 'Bring The Troops Home' Kucinich, after listening to Harry 'We Have Saved America' Reid prattle about the meanness of the nasty ole Republicans, after hearing Robert 'My Daddy Believed In Lynching, And It's Good Enough For Me' Byrd referred to as an ELDER STATESMAN, now this? And don't forget Teddy 'Let's Go Skinny-Dipping, Mary Jo' Kennedy. If these people truly represented American values, I would hang my head in shame.

But we're talking about Dickie 'U.S. Military Be Real Bad Nazis' Dustbin here. Don't let me get sidetracked! Back to Jimmie at Sundries Shack:

Be very sure of what you read here. Dick Durbin, a US Senator, just compared our soldiers at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Communist butchers, and the man who killed millions in Cambodia.

Watch carefully who defends his statements and who criticizes then (and the qualifiers they use when they do). Watch them and remember what they’re defending.

Do you know any soldiers? This Senator - one of your elected officials - just compared them to three of the most amoral and muderous regimes that have ever existed.

Remember that next time Senator Durbin, or any member of his party, tells us how they support the troops or cry when someone questions their patriotism.

I’ll tell you this right now - and you can quote me on it tomorrow or in a hundred years. If any American compares our soldiers to those who committed mass slaughter, they are unpatriotic. Period.

Dick Durbin ought to be ashamed to call himself an American right now. No American who had any desire to see this country strong and great would have made this accusation.

I’m afraid that he, like so many other Democrats, have fully fallen over the edge and value their political status more highly than they do their citizenship and their duty to our country. He needs to be denounced in the strongest terms possible and shamed into a public apology.

Nothing less that that ought to be acceptable.

I think that Jimmie doesn't go far enough. Dustbin should be shamed into resigning, immediately. If a resignation is not forthcoming, then he should be thrown out of the Senate, and the balance of the Senators should pass a bill apologizing to the people of Illinois for allowing this travesty to go on so long. Nothing less that THAT ought to be acceptable.

I'd not be surprised if the <expletive> at Newsweek are gloating tremendously over the ride their manufactured controversy is getting in the Mainstream Media and Washington, DC.

Update: (06/16/05 12:08 PM CDT) Captain Ed offers his take on Dustbin. Also Scott at Power Line
al Jazeera too!

Update: (06/17/05 3:05 PM CDT) Hugh Hewitt has much, much more on this here, and here. As far as I'm concerned, this is the money quote:
BTW: If you don't "get" this, you are really far removed from the country's center. It isn't a Democrat-Republican, left-right thing. It is an American-anti-American thing. Period.

And check out Michelle Malkin. She, too, has some pertinent links and commentary.

Update: (06/17/05 3:52 PM CDT) Hah! Don't know how I missed this. Sen. Durbin has been awarded the coveted V-Q Award for his performance on the Senate floor. And while you're there, DO check out Robert's commentary on teaching US History to our children.

Yet another update: (06/17/05 4:30 PM CDT) Hmmm, nice reasoned response by Dirty Harry at Jackson's Junction:

If this were a real country What-a-Dick Durbin wouldn't be asked to apologize, he'd be shot. Along with the the editors of The New York Times, Newsweek, and those punk bitches in Congress demanding a withdrawal date.

The whole group of traitors should be tried on national television and then shot on Pay-Per-View with all proceeds to fund more leashes, hoods, and little dikey looking broads who find Muslim penises worthy of an on-camera chuckle.

We are at war and these son of a bitches are lying. These son of a bitches are blatant propagandists for the enemy. These son of a bitches are doing everything they can to give aid and comfort to the enemy. [...]

You really need to see the photo accompanying these words.

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