Waaaaaaa...Durbin Apologies

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    Sniff..sniff....I'm so misunderstood.

    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.

    The apology came a week after Durbin, the Senate minority whip, quoted from an
    FBI agent's report describing detainees at the Naval base in a U.S.-controlled portion of Cuba as being chained to the floor without food or water in extreme temperatures.

    "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," the senator said June 14.

    The comment created a buzz on the Internet and among conservative talk radio hosts, but Durbin initially refused to apologize.

    "This administration should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva Conventions and authorizing torture techniques that put our troops at risk and make Americans less secure," he said the day after his initial comments.

    By last Friday, Durbin was trying to clarify his comments, yet the White House and top Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist refused to relent. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, in an interview scheduled for broadcast Wednesday on Fox News radio's "The Tony Snow Show," tried to equate the comment with actress Jane Fonda calling U.S. soldiers war criminals during a visit to North Vietnam in 1972.

    On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley — a fellow Democrat — added his voice to the chorus of criticism, saying, "I think it's a disgrace to say that any man or woman in the military would act like that."

    Durbin said in his apology: "I made reference to Nazis, to Soviets, and other repressive regimes. Mr. President, I've come to understand that's a very poor choice of words."

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    What a 'non-apology'. I do hope this was his last term.
     
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    The only reason "Turban Durbin" apologized is because the ADL tightened his dirty head scarf.
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    He's just so misunderstood!!!!!!!!!!! :baby4:

    sounded more like a clarification mixed with a bit of back peddle.......Im not impressed are any of you??
     
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    I think what Dick Durbin said has made people mad because he told the truth. We have had troops (albeit a small group) engaging in activities frightfully similar to those used by repressive regimes. Donald Rumsfeld has condoned and supported torture (of course he denies this but his actions, or lack thereof speak much louder than any words). This administration's record is shameful, all Durbin did was point that out. Perhaps he shouldn't have been so blunt, but the truth hurts.

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    That a fact? Can you provide evidence of "torture" (bumping into them in the hall defines torture for the left) where the perpetrators of such are not either charged awaiting trial or already convicted for their unacceptable behavior?

    It is an absolute travesty of the truth that you lefties attempt to dishonestly portray crimes committed by individuals as SOP for the military.

    Durbin is an idiot. This isn't an apology. It's an effort to try and convince everyone he didn't say what he did.
     
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    And he only "apologized" when he realized he wasn't helping himself or his party politically.
     
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    The truth is, our current Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez sent out a memo defending torture and giving legal grounds for it. Donald Rumsfeld has taken absolutely NO responsibilty for what happened at Abu Graib and other prisons ( I suppose the pictures were doctored, right?) Instead he shifted blame onto other people. He sent out the Gonzalez memo defending the use of torture tactics, he hired private companies to interrogate troops and allowed torture to be used to soften them. This is the truth. I'm sorry it hurts, but it's the truth. Durbin told the truth. I realize that the right can't deal with it.

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    That's quite a lot of allegations....where is the proof??

    Know what else hurts, the fact that there are politicians and media people in this country that are so desperate for power that they will put our country and our military's efforts in peril just to try and make the president and the administration look bad by making unprovable allegations knowing full well the press will run with it day after day whether it's true or not hoping the dumber elements of society will beleive it if they hear it enough.

    Durbin is no hero, he's a dupe.
     
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    Gonzalez defended using duress, not torture. Rumsfeld doesn't need ot take responsibility for the criminal acts committed in Abu Ghraib if SecDef directives prohibit it. The individuals, acted of their own accord, and have been punished for it.

    The truth is, you left-wingnuts will take ANYTHING and try to twist into the the Administration perpetrating some evil.

    And it just busts my balls that you squeal until you're hoarse how you support the troops and turn right around and do your damnedest to destroy their morale with a bombardment of half-truths and/or plain lies.
     

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