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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Dick Durbin is a Big Fraud

Much has already been said about senator Dick Durbin's despicable comparison of U.S. soldiers and interrogators to governments that have together killed millions of people. I suppose this was Durbin's way of demonstrating his 'support for the troops' (but not the president). It's just too bad that the troops he chooses to support are not those of the United States. What Durbin did of course, was, in attempt to try and humiliate the administration, provide yet more propaganda and recruiting fodder for al-Qaeda (or whatever the Islamo-fascist nomenclature du jour is).

In the calculus of the left, fanning the flames of anti-US sentiments overseas is a small price to pay if there exists an opportunity of making Bush look bad, especially when the cost of such action is disproportionately paid for at the front lines, by our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. But he supports the troops you see, at least when it is politically expedient to do so.

Dick Durbin is my senator, and let me tell you Dick Durbin is also a partisan fraud. Just last week the Chicago Tribune ran a somewhat fawning feature story on Durbin, bragging that while he draws the ire of critics he doesn't back down. Well, I just heard his comments on the radio about an hour ago and guess what, Dick Durbin cried some crocodile tears and did back down:
WASHINGTON -- Under fire from Republicans and some fellow Democrats, Sen. Dick Durbin apologized Tuesday for comparing American interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Nazis and other historically infamous figures.

"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

His voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate also apologized to any soldiers who felt insulted by his remarks.

"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.

That's Durbin-eze for (pardon the language, Durbin-eze is awful close to French): 'oh shit, I forgot that us Democrats have been getting spanked in recent elections because, outside of a couple coastal enclaves, I sound like a fucking nut to most Americans, I better say I didn't really mean it.'

Mayor Daley, a fellow Democrat and good friend of Durbin's called his remarks a "disgrace." The apology itself is what I find disgraceful and rather insulting. It reeks of "sorry if you weren't smart enough to understand what I was saying" and it seems to be mostly aimed at Bush. He should be apologizing to those troops out there who are dying because we are trying to respect human life. Listen: with the flip of a switch, we have the ability to turn the whole Middle East into glass if we want to, but instead we have chosen to try and fight as humane a war as possible, because of that, we necessarily suffer more American deaths. If Durbin's comparisons were accurate, September 12, 2001 would have seen a mushroom cloud over Kabul, Mecca, Baghdad and probably Tehran.

Here's some sound thoughts and advice for Dick Durbin:
"The attack against this dictator should come as no surprise. The record clearly shows that he has harassed American and United Nations inspectors, ordered the destruction of important documents in anticipation of inspections and hampered the ability of inspectors to carry out their mission. His defiant protection of his weapons of mass destruction cannot go unanswered. I call on those who question the motives of the president and his national security advisors to join with the rest of America in presenting a united front to our enemies abroad.
I couldn't agree more, and that statement was made by... none other than Dick Durbin himself, on December 17, 1998. In Durbin's world patriotism and presenting a "united front to our enemies" only applies when the guy in the White House has a (D) in front of his name, "defiant protection of his weapons of mass destruction" only calls for action when it is a Democratic administration that is being defied.

Dick Durbin clearly cares more about his political party than his country. What a phony.


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