Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Dick 'the Turban' Durbin Comes Clean

Well, I'm willing to put this to bed, but not without a few parting shots.

Sen. Durbin Apologizes for Gitmo Remarks

"Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," the Illinois Democrat said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

Implying that he also means…'To those that agree with what I said, I’m just kidding.'

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.

George Voinovich can rest easier now. I can just see Osama quaking in his sandals as he watches our 'girly men' senators. Hillary would never do this.

"They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them"

Translation: I think your actions are equivalent to those of mass murderers, but hey, no hard feelings. A second translation could be: I am too dumb to know that I can't compare US soldiers to Nazi, Soviet and Khmer Rouge killers without some sort of response.

"If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others — that had no concern for human beings," the senator said June 14.

Let’s repeat: "They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them". What doesn’t jive here?

On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley — a fellow Democrat — added his voice to the chorus of criticism, saying, "I think it's a disgrace to say that any man or woman in the military would act like that."

Oooh, Daley, I thought they said Delay.

"I'm sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or 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."

Which only leaves the victims of the Soviets Gulags and the Killing Fields. I’ll give him a little bit of credit for standing up and admitting a mistake. I still have two questions though. First, when will he give up his role as Senate Minority Whip? Second, when is Harry Reid going to apologize?

"This is all an attempt at distracting us from the officials before us ... Do we have a problem with the issues [Durbin] is discussing? Yes, let's focus on them." – Harry Reid

It sounds like Reid agreed with the original statement, going so far as to blame Republicans for Durbin’s false statements. Where have I heard that before? Ken Starr knows.

Disclaimer: I saw someone reference the name 'The Turban' on another blog. Sincere apologies to whomever came up with it, but I can't remember where I saw it. Feel free to claim credit. No sources necessary.

Update to Disclaimer: I think I found my source. Check out these photos. You won't regret it.

fake liberal apologies abound

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