Dick Durban of Illinois
I've been asked by Kermit, of Bubba's Bog, to comment on the statements of Senator Dick Durban, (Democrat - Illinois) in which he compared the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Gitmo) to Nazi Germany, the Soviet Gulag, and the the Kymer Rouge killing fields. Kermit says, "The fools have surrounded the bog and I cannot escape."
I'm always willing to lend a hand to our American allies. I've been following the controversy to some extent, of course, but have been too overwhelmed by domestic Canadian politcal BS to spend much thought on madness taking place south of the border. Nevertheless, when a NATO ally asks for help John the Mad helps.
According to Mark Leibovich, Washington Post Staff Writer,
Durbin's saga began June 14 on the Senate floor when he read from an FBI memo that described the ordeal of a prisoner at Guantanamo who was allegedly chained to the floor, forced to listen to loud rap music and subjected to extreme heat and bitter cold, among other unpleasantness. Durbin said: "If I read this to you and did not tell you 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."Last heard the aptly named senator from Illinois issued an apology of sorts.
After issuing a statement of "regret" on Friday, the Illinois Democrat came to the Senate floor yesterday to apologize in person. "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," Durbin said. "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies." Durbin also apologized to any soldiers who took offense at his remarks. "They're the best. I never, ever intended any disrespect for them," he said.One has to wonder at latter statement. Just who does Senator Durban think handles those Gitmo prisoners anyway? If they aren't the equivalent of Nazi death camp guards, or Pol Pot genocidal ideologs, who did he mean is? You know dear reader, you know.
It is now clear as mud to anyone familiar with such things that the art of the non-apology apology is common to both North American liberal political elites. Note the Senator's wording. "Some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," and not, "I crossed the line and I'm sorry." You see, it takes cojones and a moral compass to admit an error and apologize. Senator Durbin, however, has replaced his moral compass with a political windsock. The moral compass points consistently in one direction to the truth; the windsock is full of wind and points in any and all directions as the climate around it changes. No doubt about it, the Senator from Illinois is a windsock.
Now I take no position on Senator Durbin's testicular status, for I am a gentleman and a Canadian. A gentleman is indifferent to such matters. Canucks on the other hand may, or may not, be obsessed by testicals but we are far too polite to ask and too discreet to comment. (Liberal members of parliament excepted.)
Americans, on the other hand, are not always so polite. They sometimes view cojones as targets of opportunity. I recall the lyrics to a song written and sung some years ago by Kermit's Lone Star State compatriot and songwriter, Gerry Jeff Walker. I paraphrase. "I believe in being gentle to politicians, but sometimes you've got to get their attention and give them a drop kick to the crotch." If that is your chosen course of action, it is wise to know the target's testicular state. As that old military adage goes, "Time spent in reconnaissance is seldom wasted."
Of course with the Senator it is not really a question of his cojones, but of his mouth. He accused the US administration and members of the United States Armed Forces of running respectively a death camp, a gulag archipelago, and a killing field in Gitmo. This is hyperbole run amok in a most offensive and harmful way. It is not as though his comments were confined to the 50 American states to be debated at Uncle Fred's barber shop in Guacomoli Ohio, or at the next Democratic party communion breakfast scheduled for 2023 AD. His comments will be seized upon by every Wahabbist radical Islamic scholar in the Middle East ( I know that is a tautology). The "America is the Great Satan" school of religious love and tolerance will adore the comments of the appropriately named Dick Durbin. You can count on it. So how should you respond?
Now you, dear reader, know that members of the United States Armed Forces, (at least those not presently tasked with donning white gloves in order to not defile the Koran when distributng it to Islamic jihadists in detention in Gitmo) are engaged in mortal combat with the Muslim terrorists sworn to kill them and destroy the American nation. Senator Durbin gave aid and comfort to these sworn enemies of his country (and mine). He ought to be ashamed of himself, but he isn't. Those possessing a windsock for a conscience lack the capacity for shame.
In such circumstances there really is only one appropriate response to his transgression. Put into action the philosophy of Jerry Jeff Walker and kick Senator Durban where it hurts. With his ilk that does not mean a drop kick to the crotch, but a swift kick to this Quisling's re-election bid. Go get him. I'll be drinking a Guinness north of the border and cheering you on.