The Spitfire's Grill
Regular Rants from a Pragmatic Liberal
Monday, June 20, 2005
Topic of the Day: Durbin
I honestly can't believe I'm doing this. But days after his comments, the debate over them still rages on. Ultimately, the media got lots of ratings with the whole Amnesty Int'l bit and now Durbin is next on the chopping block.

My take? When politicians decide to go for imagery over substance, they deserve to take a beating like this. What's furthermore annoying is the fact that his speech actually did have quite a bit of substance in it. Andrew Sullivan via dKos:
I've now read and re-read Senator Dick Durbin's comments on interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay. They are completely, perfectly respectable. The rank hysteria being perpetrated by some on the right is what is shameful. Hugh Hewitt should answer one single question: does he doubt the FBI interrogator who witnessed the appalling treatment of some detainees at Guantanamo?
I, personally, would like to see the detainees at Gitmo fall under the Federal Prison System, that way its clear they're treated no better and no worse than our own murderers.

I honestly doubt we're getting as much critical information about the insurgency from these men as the White House claims. For most of these men, by the time they arrive at Gitmo most of the information they can dispense is either useless because of its low-level source or time-relevancy. But ultimately, the idea behind an insurgency is its lack of an organized structure, which means these men likely know nothing about anything but their own cell.

So I don't have an opinion on Gitmo's closing, other than conservatives need to chill out and Dick Durbin needs to learn how to weave imagery without being over-the-top and causing his other-wise quite good speech to go sour.

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