Tuesday, June 21, 2005



Here is Dick Durbin, earlier on the floor:

Mr. President, more than most people, a Senator lives by his words. Words are the coin of the realm in our profession. Occasionally, words will fail us, and occasionally, we will fail words. On June the 14th, I took the floor of the Senate to speak about genuine, heartfelt concerns about the treatment of prisoners and detainees at Guantanamo, and other places. [Bullshit, You got up there to slam Pres. Bush.]

I raised legitimate concerns that others have raised, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, about the policies of this administration, and whether they truly do serve our needs to make America safer and more secure.
[Do you consider getting information about coming attacks as something that make us more secure?] Whether, in fact, some of the policies might, in fact, endanger our troops, [Endanger how? By say getting on the floor of the Senate and touting a memo as pure fact?] or in some ways, disparage the image of America around the world. [Like what you did?]

During the course of that presentation, I read an e-mail from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that was discovered to exist last August, and has now been produced as part of a Freedom of Information Act. After reading the horrible details in that memo, which characterized the treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo
, [HE DID IT AGAIN!!! What proof does he have that the memo is 100% true?] I then, on my own, my own words, make some characterizations about that memo. I made reference to the Nazis, to the Soviets, and other repressive regimes.

Mr. President, I've come to understand that was a very poor choice of words.
[No shit.] Last Friday, I tried to make this very clear, that I understood that those analogies, to the Nazis and Soviets and others, were poorly chosen. I issued a release, which I thought made my intentions and my innermost feelings as clear as I possibly could. [No, you said we were dumb because we didn't understand your remarks. Not that they were wrong.] Let me read to you, Mr. President, what I said in that release last Friday. I have learned from my statement, that historical parralels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings. Our soldiers around the world, and their families at home, deserve our respect, admiration, and total support.

Mr. President, it is very clear that even though I thought I had said something that clarified the situation, to many people, it was still unclear.
[We're still dumb and stupid] I'm sorry if anything I said caused any offense of pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time. Nothing, nothing should ever be said to demean or dimish that moral tragedy.

I'm also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military.
[Then why did you say what you said? You knew what the results would be.] I went to Iraq just a few months ago with Senator Harry Reid, on a delegation, bipartisan delegation, the President was part of it. When you looked in the eyes of those soldiers, you see your son. You see your daughter. They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them. Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line. [Some?] To them, I extend my heartfelt apologies.

There's usually a quote from Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said, "if the end brings me out right, what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn't make any difference." In the end, I don't want anything in my public career to detract from my love for this country, my respect for those who serve it, and this great Senate.

I offer my apologies to those who were offended by my words. I promise you that I will continue to speak out on the issues that I think are important to the people of Illinois, and to the nation. Mr. President, I yield the floor.

OK Here's the thing. Durbin DID NOT SAY WHAT HE SAID WAS WRONG. He did not say that his comparison between GITMO and the Nazis, the Gulags, and Pol-Pot is AN UTTER FALSE HOOD AND NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE!

I wonder if he's ever read this Lincoln quote?

"Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs who should be arrested, exiled or hanged."


From DICK's Office