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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Messenger Shot, Losing Blood Rapidly, Barely Clinging to Life 

As you have no doubt already surmised, the post immediately below was inspired by the case of Sen. Dick Durbin [D-IL], who was horrified by an FBI report on the torture techniques used on prisoners at Gunatanamo Bay and had the temerity to suggest, on the floor of the Senate, that America should not descend to the barbarous level of the "mad regimes" that have practiced torture in the recent past: the Nazis, the Soviets, the Khmer Rouge.

Every criminal is innocent. When he gets caught, it's the fault of the cop who nabbed him or the witness who fingered him on the stand. So it is with the architects of torture, their accomplices, their apolgists and enablers:
"I thought Durbin was totally out of line," Cheney said. "For him to make those comparisons was one of the more egregious things I'd ever heard uttered on the floor of the United States Senate . . . It was so far over the top that I'm just appalled that anybody who serves in the United States Senate would even think those thoughts" . . . .

"Remember what's happened here," he told Gill. "These are terrorists, these are bomb-makers. . . . these are hard-core terrorists is the only way to describe them. They're unlawful combatants. They're out to kill Americans. And if you put them back on the streets, that's exactly what they'll do."

The VP said it's clear that Durbin's comments have his fellow Democrats squirming, and hinted that he thought the scandal may force the top Democrat to walk the plank.

"I think they're swallowing hard," he told Gill. "We'll see what happens."
Lesson CCXX: We don't torture, and when we do torture it isn't really torture because we're the ones doing it, and besides, our enemies are evil and deserve whatever they get. Torture is, therefore, perfectly acceptable. The one unthinkable crime is to call it by its proper name:
Trying to quell an ongoing furor, Sen. Dick Durbin partially apologized Friday for remarks he made on the Senate floor this week comparing American treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay detention center to the tactics of murderous regimes.

"I have learned from my statement that historical parallels can be misused and misunderstood," Durbin, D-Ill., said in a written release. "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."

Durbin has been on the receiving end of an onslaught of criticism from the White House, from Republican colleagues in the Senate, from conservative media stars such as Rush Limbaugh and from voters . . . .

Tracey Schmitt, a spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee, described Durbin's expression of regret as "a positive step."

Still, she said, "It's troubling that the knee-jerk reaction of Democrats in Washington is to lash out with vile rhetoric without any consideration of the consequences. The American people deserve more from their leaders."
May we quote you on that, Tracey? In a couple of weeks, maybe?

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