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.