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Fox News, AP, and other outlets report that Senator Dick Durbin has apologized for his comparison between the American military and Nazis, Khmer Rouge, and Stalinist genocidal maniacs:
Under fire from Republicans and some fellow Democrats, Sen. Dick Durbin apologized Tuesday for comparing American interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Nazis and other historically infamous figures.
"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."
His voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate also apologized to any soldiers who felt insulted by his remarks.
"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.
At least this is an apology, instead of a "statement of regret". However tearfully delivered, though, it still contains qualifiers that shift the responsibility to everyone but Durbin. "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line, and to them I extend my heartfelt apologies."
No, no, no.
Your remarks did cross the line, Senator. Why can't you just admit that, without qualification? This is yet another halfway dodge in putting the onus onto those whom you offended instead of taking responsibility for your own actions and comments.
Color me unimpressed. His fellow party members will now ask us all to move along. I'll consider doing that if they now will admit that Durbin's original statement slandered the military and debased the memories of those millions of victims that truly experienced what genocidal maniacs do with their innocent captives. If not, then they are just playing word games until they discover the right combination to climb out of the box in which Durbin has put them.
UPDATE: Why did Durbin feel the need to make this half-baked apology today after holding out for a week? Mayor Richard Daley, the man behind Durbin's power base in Chicago, refused to play along with Democrats in minimizing Durbin's original comments:
Mayor Richard Daley said Tuesday that even though U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is a good friend, the fellow Democrat should apologize for comments comparing the actions of American interrogators at Guantanamo Bay to Nazis, Soviet gulags and Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot.
"I think it's a disgrace to say that any man or woman in the military act like that,'' Daley said. ...
Daley made his remarks in response to questions at a news conference after a graduation ceremony for new police officers. Last year, his son Patrick enlisted in the Army.
The mayor said he is a history buff and that Durbin was wrong to evoke comparisons to the horrors of the Holocaust or the millions of people killed in Russia under Stalin and in Cambodia under Pol Pot. He became angry when a reporter said he thought Durbin's remarks were being mischaracterized.
"If you really believe that those men and women in Guantanamo Bay are Nazis, you better rethink what America is all about,'' Daley said. "... You go and talk to some victims of the Holocaust and they will tell you horror stories. And there are not horror stories like that at Guantanamo Bay.''
That should answer those who think that outrage over this slander remains the exclusive purview of the right-wing blogosphere and talk radio. Plenty of military families are Democrats, and I'd be willing to bet that they wouldn't cotton to the suggestion that Durbin's words had been "mischaracterized". Kudos to Mayor Daley for having the integrity to publicly call out his friend and political ally. Too bad Durbin still couldn't follow his advice.
UPDATE II: Michelle Malkin has a nice roundup of reaction to Durbin's latest refinement of his message, along with a new Weber grill. Rusty says that he'll give Durbin the benefit of the doubt -- for now. Matt May says "apology not accepted", and explains why at length. Rick Moran at the Right Wing Nuthouse threatens to break into song, but doesn't think Durbin was being sincere.Sphere It View blog reactions
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