Mr. Durbin...your so called "apology" was truly pathetic...and made even more so by your manufactured tears. Let's take a closer look at what you said...to see if we can have a more accurate rendering of your remarks.
Durbin, "I raised legitimate concerns that others have raised...about the policies of this administration, and whether they truly do serve our needs to make America safer and more secure."
I think maybe we need to look at your remarks and see if they served to make America safer and more secure. Your comments have already been employed by our enemies. Your comments were used to sow seeds of hatred towards Americans. These are the same people...who believe that their god will reward them in heaven for killing us...and would like nothing more than the opportunity to do so.
Durbin, "Whether, in fact, some of the policies might, in fact, endanger our troops, or in some ways, disparage the image of America around the world."
Actually Dick, I'm more concerned about left wingers who hate America throwing out these comments so they can be used by terrorist. Terrorist who want to inspire fellow fanatics and embolden them with hatred...for both the US and Israel. These remarks are the kind that feed the likes of the 19 hijackers who killed 3,000 of our fellow Americans almost 4 years ago. Or drive Al-Zarqwi and his butchers who literally slaughter innocent human beings in the name of their god. Or the terrorists who seek to kill our soldiers over in Iraq and innocent Iraqi people who yearn for nothing more than freedom and liberty.
Durbin, "During the course of that presentation, I read an e-mail from the Federal Bureau of Investigation."
Oh...so it's not your fault...you were just doing what someone else had done. Did you give it any thought before you spoke out? Did you try and find out if it was accurate and a genuine document?
Durbin, "After reading the horrible details in that memo...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. "
Poor choice of words...now that's an understatement. Are you truly that ignorant of the facts about what the Nazi's and Soviet's did in their concentration camps and gulags? What is happening at Gitmo is not even in the same universe. Mr. Durbin...if you even remotely believe what you said...you are a moral idiot.
Durbin, "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. "
I think your intentions and innermost feelings were expressed in your original statement. Let's also please note...that no where do you mention anything about thought...it's all about how you feel. Whatever happened to thought and reason?
Durbin, "I sincerely regret if what I said caused anyone to misunderstand my true feelings."
We didn't misunderstand Dick. And by the way that is not an apology for wrongdoing. You are blaming the person whom you allege has misunderstood. You are not acknowledging that you were wrong in what you said.
Durbin, "Our soldiers around the world, and their families at home, deserve our respect, admiration, and total support. "
Well let's see where do we begin? If you truly believe that our soldier's actions are comparable to what the Nazi's or Soviet's did...why would you respect and admire them? Would you give total support a Nazi?
Durbin, "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."
Here we go again...blaming the person who "misunderstood". Besides that, your original comments were very clear...in fact, all too clear.
Durbin, "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 diminish that moral tragedy."
Now Dick...that's not really acknowledging that your comments were wrong. You are not apologizing for what you said. It's kind of throwing it back on the person who was offended.
Durbin, "I'm also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military." (Time for tears) "I went to Iraq...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. "
What did you think your remarks would do? Nazi's and Soviet's were not really good people. Would you want to be compared to either of these groups? I wonder...if you had a son or daughter fighting in the military...is that how you would want their service and sacrifice recognized?
The tears thing...was totally uncalled for. My goodness you are apologizing...and then try to manipulate it so everyone feels bad for you now. "Ah look at Durbin...he's not so bad...look, he's even crying". Ohhhhh.
A real apology would be given like a man. Something to the effect of: "I'm sorry, I was wrong. I was wrong to minimize the horror of what happened to victims of the Nazi's and Soviets by comparing it to abusive interrogation techniques applied toward terrorists who were seeking to kill Americans. I'm sorry I spit upon the sacrifice of the great men and women of our military. I was wrong, please forgive me."
Now that would have been a little more gratifying. From you...it wouldn't have been believable. But from a man, able to acknowledge when he's erred, that would have been a much better apology.
Mr. Durbin...save your breath next time...we don't need an insincere apology from someone who is morally confused at best.
(A note of thanks to Radio Blogger http://www.radioblogger.com/ for posting the full text and audio of Durbin remarks.)
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