Captain's Quarters Blog


« NDP: Ethics Commissioner A Lapdog, Not A Watchdog | Main | Enjoy A Steaming Hot Cup o' Debt »

June 17, 2005
Durbin: I'm Sorry You Didn't Comprehend My Genius

Under fire for his remarks comparing humiliation techniques for interrogations at Gitmo to the atrocities of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union's gulags, and the Khmer Rouge's killing fields, Senator Dick Durbin has finally attempted to calm the waters with a statement of "regret":

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said Friday that he regretted any misunderstandings caused by his comments earlier this week comparing American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis. The White House, Senate Republicans and others had called for an apology after Durbin's comments Tuesday. ...

On Friday, Durbin tried to clarify the issue. "My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this Administration, which add to the risk our soldiers face," he said in a statement released Friday afternoon. "I have learned from my statement that historical parallels 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."

This, of course, is the classic example of the non-apology apology. Note that he doesn't retract a word of what he said. He says that he regrets if others misunderstood his "true feelings", not that what he said was wrong and historically inept. Basically, this is the translation one is meant to hear:

I'm sorry you were too stupid to understand me.

If this is the best that Durbin can do after comparing the men and women of our armed forces to Nazis and Stalin's goons, as well as comparing Islamofascist terrorists to Japanese-American victims of WWII detention centers, then he's a bigger idiot than I thought.

UPDATE: Hugh Hewitt notes that he specifically told a Chicago radio audience that he had "no regrets" this morning:

Q. No regrets on the statements you made?

Durbin: No, I don't, and I'll tell you why. I went to the floor and read a memo from the FBI. This isn't something I made up.

No, unfortunately the Democrats have been spouting the military=Nazis line for decades (and Bush=Hitler since 2001). Durbin didn't make it up.

Sphere It Digg! View blog reactions
Posted by Ed Morrissey at June 17, 2005 6:22 PM

Trackback Pings

TrackBack URL for this entry is

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Durbin: I'm Sorry You Didn't Comprehend My Genius:

» Senator Durbin's 'Regrets' from Balance Sheet
Senator Durbin, (...limited intellect undone by an almosty complete lack of character.) Democrat of Illinois, endorsed by Al Jazeera, regrets that we, the great unwashed masses, did not understand that his feelings were different from his words. You se... [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 7:22 PM

» Dick Durbin Shits on America from The ConservaBlog
It's being blogged about all over the web, but if you haven't been paying attention or have been vacationing on Kerguelen then it will surely come as a surprise to you that one of congress critters has stepped up and knocked one out of the park on beha... [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 8:02 PM

» Senator Dick from Sierra Faith
To Regret, or Not To Regret, that is Senator Dick's question, and Captain Ed has an answer or two.... [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 8:51 PM

» Dick Durbin's non-apology from Second City Cop
In this link, he cover's Senator Durbin's non apology, which is so very typical of the left side of the political spectrum today [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 9:26 PM

» Durbin Must Go from Flopping Aces
I believe Comrade Durbin should step down, actually better yet he should be recalled. The people from Illinois should demand a recall of this piece of trash. [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 10:01 PM

» Look Left, Look Right, The Blogosphere Is Out Of Sight. from WILLisms.com
Apologies for that title. Patrick Ruffini has a great post on the differences between the left and right hemispheres of the blogosphere: Bowers trashes the conservative blogosphere as "aristocratic" and "anti-meritocratic." But if anything, the tables ... [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 10:16 PM

» "Dick Day Late, Dollar Short" -or- "Short Dick" from Intermittent Stream
Durbin refuses to apologize for his outrage. He's an ass. I suspect he knows this. His stubborn intractability demonstrates he's aware of just how stupid his comments were. From FoxNews:WASHINGTON Sen. Dick Durbin on Friday defended his criticism of... [Read More]

Tracked on June 17, 2005 11:44 PM

» Best of the DustSwarm from bRight & Early
Stupid Statements, no apologies, no apology apologies, no condemnation of the remarks from the left, and hardly a mention in the MSM. That’s the short version of Dick Durbin, future former Senator from Illinois. ... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 5:52 AM

» DURBIN APOLOGIZES FOR BEING TERRORIST MOUTHPIECE from Right Wing Nut House
Senator Dick "I have no regrets" Durbin issued a statement on his website apologizing for the fact that he didn't realize comparing American soldiers to Nazi thugs could be "misused and misunderstood." By who he doesn't say. Since I doubt very mu... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 7:50 AM

» ADL demands apology from Durbin from Danny Carlton (aka Jack Lewis)
From WorldNetDaily: The Anti-Defamation League has called on Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin to apologize for comparing alleged abuses at Guantanamo... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 8:09 AM

» The Classic Non-Apology Apology from Ed Driscoll.com
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Il) says he's sorry--sorry if you took offense at his words:"I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 2:17 PM

» Durbin "Apologizes" for Nazi Remark from Conservative Eyes
I think it is time for Senator Durbin to truely apologize for his remarks. He needs to apologize to the United States serviceman and servicewoman for doing something more than just making a stupid remark. He made a remark that was based on a report t... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 3:23 PM

» Quick Shots: Debunking Bowers from Decision '08
Captain Ed has more on the Durbin 'sorry you're so stupid' apology, and his statement that he has 'no regrets' over his remarks... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 7:36 PM

» Dick Watch from Free Will
Dick WatchCaptain Ed ponders Durbin's latest statement:Durbin: I'm Sorry You Didn't Comprehend My Genius"I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood. I sincerely regret if what I said ... [Read More]

Tracked on June 18, 2005 7:50 PM

» Durbin Gets Head Stuck in Barrel of Political Bazooka, Squeezes Trigger! from The Right Place
Senator Dick Durbin (Moonbat-IL), is still trying to find the door out of the lower level of the two-story outhouse where he ingeniously imprisoned himself Tuesday night on the floor of the United States Senate! After sticking his foot so far down h... [Read More]

Tracked on June 19, 2005 4:52 AM

» The man from from ReidBlog
Okay boys, let him up. ... Durbin on Friday issued the apology (I must have been too busy wondering where Michael Jackson goes from here to see it on the wires) ... [Read More]

Tracked on June 20, 2005 12:12 AM

» Dick “A day late and a dollar Short” Durbin from bRight & Early
For those of you playing along at home, let’s recap: 06.14.05 - Future Former Senator Dick Durbin makes inflamatory, ridiculous, erroneous remarks on the Senate floor comparing US treatment of enemy cobatant detainees to the attrocities of Na... [Read More]

Tracked on June 22, 2005 6:26 AM

» Dick “A day late and a dollar Short” Durbin from bRight & Early
For those of you playing along at home, let’s recap: 06.14.05 - Future Former Senator Dick Durbin makes inflamatory, ridiculous, erroneous remarks on the Senate floor comparing US treatment of enemy cobatant detainees to the attrocities of Na... [Read More]

Tracked on June 22, 2005 6:26 AM



Design & Skinning by:
m2 web studios





blog advertising



button1.jpg

Proud Ex-Pat Member of the Bear Flag League!