Skip to comments.Durbin Apologizes on Senate Floor for Nazis, Soviet Gulags Remark
Posted on 06/21/2005 3:07:32 PM PDT by Tumbleweed_Connection
Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who angered Republicans by comparing the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Nazis, Soviet gulags, and Pol Pot's killers in Cambodia, apologized on the Senate floor Tuesday.
"Mr. President, I've come to understand that was a poor choice of words," said Durbin. "Last Friday, I tried to make this very clear that I understood that those analogies - the Nazis, 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," added Durbin.
Durbin's apology comes after Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist called him in a letter to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, to formally apologize on the Senate floor.
"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," Durbin said in his controversial remarks.
Durbin was upset over an FBI memo describing the conditions of the Guantanamo facility, which included prisoners being chained to the floor, bombarded with rock music, and subjected to extreme cold or extreme heat, depending on whether the air conditioner was turned on or off.
Daley called on Dickie Dirtbin to apologize... and Durbin does so the very same day.
At least we know who is pulling Durbin's strings.
Keep the heat on these jerks. Every time they open their traps we get more campaign footage for the mid-terms.
If that's an apology, than horse-$hit is roast beef.
Too little, too late.
WHERE'S THE APOLOGY????????
Is that it?
I was actually surprised that he (or more likely a staffer) bothered to answer, even with this: ..."I understand your concerns, and it is my understanding that Senator Durbin has apologized for his statement.".
Prior to the apology on the Senate floor a few minutes ago, in reference to his earlier "I'm sorry you right wingers are so stupid that you don't understand my brilliance" non-apology apology, I wrote Sen. Bingaman back saying that even if the apology were real, contrite and heartfelt, it still wouldn't un-do the damage that Durban has done.
Kind of like if I robbed a bank... and if I just apologized, I'd get to keep the money and the respect of my community.
I gotta admit, though, that I never get a reply from my GOOD (R.) Senator Domenici's office unless the message was sent with a check.
I've had it with the ENTIRE Senate.
Dude, you can reword it however you want. We know damn well what you meant, and that's the problem. What you really want to say is that you wish you'd kept your true feelings to yourself.
Any conservative Senator would have already been thrown out of the house by now. Durbin's second "apology" still isn't good enough.
There is none! It's worse that Bubba.
That's no apology. Anything short of saying that his comments last week were outrageous and reprehensible and that he was totally out of line comes up short. ...and in his case, far short.
His words were "poorly chosen." Yeah. His words were calculated to slam President Bush and incite further hateful anti-American sentiments here and abroad in order to make the war effort and everything else the President is doing that much more difficult.
This apology is meaningless. It's given reluctantly and only to lessen the outrage he evidently didn't see coming when he made his treasonous statements.
they're in meltdown mode over at DUmmie Land:
cestpaspossible Donating Member (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Tue Jun-21-05 06:01 PM
Poll question: Should Durbin apologize for apologizing?
ElectroPrincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Tue Jun-21-05 06:14 PM
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4. I'm disgusted with these gutless Democrats ...
Maybe it is time to go Green.
wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to add this author to your Ignore list Tue Jun-21-05 06:12 PM
Does Durbin's apology rule him out as an '08 contender?
Don't know if I could support someone who can't stick to his guns any better than that.
There is none, of course. But that's not stopping FOX News from reporting it as a "full apology."
This is great. Larry Elder is calling for other apologizes. Rangel said this war was as bad as 6 million Jews being killed.
Yeah. Where is it?
One never reports headlines. Always wait for the story.
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