Monday, June 20, 2005
There are some words that, once said, are difficult to retract with even the sincerest apologies. Senator Dick Durbin issued a statement, which the MSM is trumpeting as an apology, regarding his recent comments comparing US servicemen and women to Nazi concentration camp enforcers, Soviet Gulag Kommisars, and perpetrators of Pol Pot's Killing Fields.
I cite, verbatim, Senator Durbin's statement from his website:
More than 1700 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq and our countryÂs standing in the world community has been badly damaged by the prison abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. My statement in the Senate was critical of the policies of this Administration which add to the risk our soldiers face.Senator Durbin, by using the verbiage you did and making the comparison you made, you changed the focus of this debate.
I will continue to speak out when I disagree with this Administration.
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.
In this country we are free to disagree on politics, policy, and procedure. In so doing, at the end of the day, we are all Americans. After all, its business. Its not personal. You made it personal when you insulted those who put themselves in harm's way to defend the very right of self expression which you enjoy. You took an opportunity to elevate yourself in the eyes of the media without a single solitary thought to the fact you were elevating yourself on the collective back of the US Soldier. You knew exactly what historical parallels you were using. You used verbiage designed puposefully to get the maximum shock value possible. Congratulations. You succeeded.
You'll forgive me, Senator, if I take that personally. For reasons which I will not here explain, the US Military is and always will be family to me. I know them. I grew up with them. I work with them. To do so is an honor. These brave men and women who wear the uniform of this country do a job few are willing to undertake in circumstances and conditions people like you can hardly understand. They fight a real enemy bent on the destruction of this nation.
They should not have to tolerate shots in the back coming from people like you.
You want to take on Dubya, Big Time, Condi, and Rummy about the conduct of the war - go right ahead. They're elected and appointed officials and they get paid to take shots from you.
Do not take shots at the front line soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and those who work in the shadows fighting this war. That, Senator, is beneath even you.
You are a disgrace to the people of Illinois, the Senate, and the nation. You should be ashamed of yourself, but somehow I doubt you are. That would require an honesty of which you are not capable.
Here endeth the lesson.
I think his next reelection campaign should be intriguing. If he can stand behind these comments and regain election, then the state of Illinois needs some serious help. I hope he doesn't even get his own party's nomination, because it shouldn't be up to Republicans to clean the Democratic house.Post a Comment