Senator Durbin’s trifecta

Earlier today Scott noted that Senator Durbin hit the “mo’ better metaphors” trifecta, managing to compare our practices at Guantanamo Bay with those of the Nazis, the Soviets, and the Khmer Rouge. Scott gave me credit for “anticipat[ing] the rabid foaming at the mouth” of Durbin and his partner in defamation Senator Leahy. In fact, however, I never expected that any U.S. Senator would express such absurd sentiments. I didn’t realize that leftist fever swamp extends so profoundly into the Senate.
Just for the record (as if that matters to the left) Rowan Scarborough in the Washington Times reminds us of the following:
Adolf Hitler – About 9 million dead
Soviet gulags – About 2.7 million dead
Pol Pot – About 1.7 million dead
Gitmo – zero dead
Gitmo – five instances of Koran abuse by prison guards
Gitmo-15 instances of Koran abuse by prisoners.
The big lie is nothing new in politics. Hitler and Stalin were master practicioners. What’s unusual about Durbin’s lie is that it slanders his own country. Normally that kind of slander is uttered only by revolutionaries seeking the violent overthrow of the government. Yet Durbin purports to be part of a loyal opposition.
What possessed Durbin to do it? How, after harping constantly on the importance of our image to winning the war on terrorism, could he cast the U.S. in such a false light? It’s not likely that he intentionally set out to injure his country. Until I hear a better explanation, I’ll put it down to a kind of sickness or derangement brought on by hatred — of President Bush, the military, etc. — coupled with a very weak immune system (i.e. intellect).

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