An amazing article in the Chicago Sun Times about Dick Durbin:
And this is where it’s time to question Durbin’s patriotism. As Leahy implicitly acknowledges, Guantanamo is about “image” and “perception” — about how others see America. If this one small camp of a few hundred people has “drained the world’s good will,” whose fault is that?
The senator from Illinois’ comparisons are as tired as they’re grotesque. They add nothing useful to the debate. But around the planet, folks naturally figure that, if only 100 people out of nearly 300 million get to be senators, the position must be a big deal. Hence, headlines in the Arab world like “U.S. Senator Stands By Nazi Remark.”
This isn’t a Republican vs. Democrat thing; it’s about senior Democrats who are so over-invested in their hatred of a passing administration that they’ve signed on to the nuttiest slurs of the lunatic fringe.
I really couldn’t say it better myself, but I’ll give it a shot
No one is shocked or disheartened by the fact that Democrats are opposing Bush every step of the way, it’s to be expected, however, nothing excuses the methods they have stooped to. Just as it is completely understandable to begin a power struggle with your parents after becoming a teenager, it is fine that Democrats don’t agree with Bush, but that doesn’t make slashing the tires on your dad’s truck ok, nor does it justify purposeful disruption of the American war effort.
That being said, his comments are just as ludicrous as they are unacceptable. I realize that listening to Pink or Xtina at loud volumes is heinous but it’s not exactly on par with Stalin. Turning off the heat is now considered torture? Are you kidding me? Making people uncomfortable so they’ll talk is kind of the entire premise behind interrogation. Where was Durbin when Saddam had his torture chambers? Is he currently protesting for the release of political prisoners in Cuba, China or any other regime? I don’t think so, and that contradiction illustrates his motives.
THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF THINGS YOU COULD BE CRITICIZING THE PRESIDENT FOR, Mr. Durbin, and a lot of them I would probably agree with you on, however, topics that hurt America should be off limits. I know it seems like common sense, but leave the exaggerations to non-security issues. Other than that, no one cares, you can try and characterize Bush as a moron, make it seem like Republicans hate black people, but for the love of Christ, leave the soldiers alone. You saw what happened when Newsweek fibbed a little, can you imagine an the impact of a Senator decrying our own POW system?
The author is right, it comes down to Patriotism or in a more general sense principles, do you or don’t you draw the line on what issues you politicize? Obviously the answer for Democrats these days does not include our national security interest and that is incredibily sad.Powered by Sidelines