Dick Durbin, Democratic Senator from Illinois, is one of the more well known Senators so that means he’s often more vocal and controversial. However, he didn’t just cross the line, he vaulted over it.
After reading an account by an FBI agent of horrific conditions at Guantanamo Bay, Durbin said:
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.
Um, excuse me?
Dick, I understand where you were going, but what the hell were you thinking? You can’t compare Americans and Nazis and get away with it.
Understandably this caused quite an uproar. However, Durbin refuses to apologize.
News of the Democrat’s comparison created a buzz around the Internet today, fueled by sound bites of yesterday’s Senate floor speech on radio talk shows. By this afternoon, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna asked Durbin to apologize.
Durbin says the Bush administration should apologize for abandoning the Geneva Conventions.
And while I agree that the administration should not have abandoned the Geneva Conventions, that has nothing to do with the fact that he compared American soldiers to Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. It’s like he’s saying, “Well, Bush made me do it.”
Well, now you know my thoughts. What do you think?
Should Dick apologize or is he justified?