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Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, the subject of this week’s column at WorldNetDaily, has apologized, kind of, for his comparing of the American military’s treatment of prisoners to the Nazi death camps, Stalin’s gulags, et al.
I’m a big fan of comedy and how it’s crafted, as far as the writing goes. There’s one rule in creating something funny– Ineptness and reactionary idiocy combined with power equals hilarity– but that only applies to books and movies.
When those ingredients are mixed in the bowl of real life, you get Dick Durbin, Ted Kennedy, and a long but distinguished (not to mention damp) line of people with power who handle it like a mentally challenged monkey with a taser gun.
As for Durbin’s “apology”, I say it should be accepted, but not before his resignation. We have a member of the United States Senate who has put people in the military at higher risk because of his words, which is inexcusable.
Dick Durbin so wanted to “get” Bush and his war that he was, at least at the time, willing to trash a hard working, loyal, and patriotic military in order to do so. To that end, Durbin was not unlike a former husband who harms one of his own kids just to get back at his ex-wife.
In the latter case, the former husband can ask for, and be granted, forgiveness. That, however, doesn’t mean the punishment still isn’t administered.
Durbin should go. He won’t, but he should.