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June 17, 2005

Durbin and Gitmo

I heard of Senator Durbin's remarks on Gitmo yesterday morning via Laura Ingram's radio program. On the floor of the US Senate, the #2 Senate Democrat Dick Durbin compared the military's treatment of terrorist thugs at Gitmo to the atrocities of Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, and Pol Pot. I searched for a story on-line, but no luck. Finally, the Washington Times filed a story and Drudge linked to it. The blogosphere pounced.

The White House, along with Senate Republicans, roundly denounce his remarks, but Durbin stands firm.

Where is the MSM? I found this small story buried on page 11 in the Washington Post this morning and a peep from the NY Times, but silence from the LA Times. In fact, the LA Times seems to think that a story claiming that Senator Frist is "plagued" by his comments on Terri Schiavo since they were contradicted by her autopsy is more newsworthy than Durbin's comments.

For the most thorough roundup of commentary and analysis of Durbin's outrageous comments, visit Michelle Malkin. Hugh Hewitt, as usual, is another great place to shop for information that you won't get from the MSM. Hugh's posted a couple e-mails from readers/listeners that are spot on.

Once again, the Democrats demonstrate why I am not a Democrat.

Posted by Rick at June 17, 2005 09:28 AM

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What about Senator Durbin's comparison is so outrageous? Seriously. He didn't make an equivalence— it was a comparison. Is there something about the mere act of *comparing* that should be outrageous?

Posted by: s9 at June 17, 2005 04:09 PM

Rick, why is this more newsworthy to you than the details surrounding the torture of Gitmo detainees? The response I usually hear conservatives give is that the prisoners are the enemy; if they were loose they could attack us. I never hear a good argument against the liberal response, which is that detainees might also be innocent of plotting terrorist acts, as most of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib have turned out to be. We'll never know about the Gitmo detainees because they have no due process. And that IS, as sentator Durbin pointed out, not the hallmark of the freedom-loving country we like to think we are.

Posted by: dem at June 17, 2005 04:45 PM

The fact that these people were taken on the field of battle not wearing any sort of uniform means they could easily have been shot on sight as spies. Per the Geneva Convention.

Posted by: eLarson at June 18, 2005 03:50 PM