Rant warning ahead!
Dick Durbin, once again, completely embarrasses himself, the democratic party, the State of Illinois and the United States. I really couldn’t care less how much he humiliates the democrats. Goofs like Durbin, Howard Dean and Nancy Pelosi can spout off all they want...it only helps the Republicans. But I’m embarrassed that this State sent him to Washington when he is so out of touch with reality. He actually compares the treatment of al-Qaeda prisoners to the Nazi concentration camps (12 million dead) , the Soviet gulags (15-30 million dead) and the Pol Pot regime of Cambodia (2 million out of 6 million total population dead).
What has this guy been smoking?
Little reality check for Dick: The number of prisoners who have died by neglect or homicide in Gitmo is ZERO. Any other number you hear is amnesty international bullshit, pure and simple. Secondly, all the prisoners in Gitmo are not criminals and they are not prisoners of war; they are terrorists and unlawful combatants captured on the field of battle. During WWII’s "Battle of the Bulge," the United States Army captured numerous German soldiers wearing American and British uniforms infiltrating the lines. These prisoners were lined up and shot ON THE SPOT. No trials, no hearings, no anything. The History Channel has the footage and runs it regularly. Frankly, the Army could have done the same thing in Afghanistan and Iraq and most Americans wouldn’t have cared, but that wasn’t my call.
I for one, trust the military to make these types of decisions. They’re the guys on the ground, the tip of the spear. I know a bunch of coppers who have gone overseas these past years, and all have returned safely so far. Durbin is not only insulting the US and the military as a whole, he’s cracking on people I know, trust and respect. The Republican Party of Illinois should be all over this (if there truly is a Republican Party in Illinois anymore). At the very least, the state and local FOP lodges better not be endorsing Durbin any time soon.