Senator Dick Durbin — soon to be Turban Durbin — stands pat. Hugh Hewitt has the quote (and much more):
I have heard my colleagues and others in the press suggest that I have said our soldiers could be compared to Nazis. I’d say to the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, I do not even know if the interrogator involved here was an American soldier. I didn’t say that at any point. To suggest that I am criticizing American servicemen, I am not. I don’t know who is responsible for this. But the FBI agent made this report, and to suggest that I was attributing all the sins and all the horror and barbarism of Nazi Germany or Soviet Republic or Pol Pot to Americans is totally unfair. I was attributing this form of interrogation to repressive regimes, such as those that I noted. And I honestly believe the Senator from Virginia, who I respect very, very much, would have to say that, if indeed this occured, it does not represent American values. It doesn’t represent what our country stands for. It is not the sort of conduct we would ever condone. I would hope that the senator from Virginia would agree with that. That was the point I was making. Now sadly, we have a situation here, where some in the right wing media have said that I have been insulting men and women in uniform. Nothing could be further from truth. I respect our men and women in uniform. I have spent many hours, as I am sure the senator from Virginia has, at funerals of the servicemen who have been returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, writing notes to their families and calling them personally. It breaks my heart every day to pick up the newspaper and hear of another death. Now the total this morning, 1710. To suggest that this is somehow an insult to the men and women serving in the uniform, nothing could be further from the truth. But it is no credit to them or our nation for this sort of conduct to occur.
We give Durbin failing grades in attention, conduct, intelligence, knowledge, candor, logic, manners, loyalty and decency. He has put his manifold defects on display before an appreciative worldwide audience.
As the Senate Democrats’ whip, his voice is his party’s. No Senate Democrat has condemned him, the infantile leftists at the heart of his party support him, and he has given renewed prominence to the malady that should at least for a while be dubbed in his honor Durbin’s Disorder.
Michelle Malkin elaborates. Professor David Gelernter renders judgment. And the whole wide world is watchin’.