Thursday, June 16


Oh my. Talk radio is livid over Sen. Dick Durbin's (D-IL) remarks Tuesday on the floor of the Senate. And they're accusing him and Sen. Patrick Leahy of KILLING our soldiers (direct quote from Dallas KLIF talk host Darrrell Ankarlo).

Taranto: "We are fighting an enemy that murdered 3,000 innocent people on American soil 3 1/2 years ago and would murder millions more if given the chance--and according to Dick Durbin, our soldiers are the Nazis."

First of all, read Durbin's actual words. He was clearly referring to interrogators, not ordinary soldiers. And secondly, he was right: "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. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners."

Would we, a few years back, have believed what we've seen at Abu Ghraib, Gitmo and elsewhere to be the work of Americans? We had a very different picture then of ourselves as a nation and a people. Many Americans excuse these acts despite what we know about the conduct of this war. Many Americans are ostriches and won't accept what they don't choose to believe, despite all evidence to the contrary. Some Americans still believe Michael Schiavo murdered Terri.

Some Americans still don't believe "it could happen here."

UPDATE: Notes and memos prove military lawyers warned that the interrogation techniques being used at Gitmo could land top officials in jail. How dare they? Why do they hate America? They should be thrown into the same cage as Durbin and Leahy.


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