Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Fonda the troops, Durbin cries on Senate floor

Almost breaking down in tears on the Senate floor, a humiliated Senator Dick Durbin issued a near apology for comparing American anti-terrorism personnel to the Nazis and Communists.

Still unwilling to admit that he went too far, Durbin did acknowledge that "some may believe that my remarks crossed the line," adding, "To them I extend my heartfelt apologies."

The Associated Press reports that Durbin made the half-apology with "his voice quaking and tears welling in his eyes."

Said Durbin: "I made reference to Nazis, to Soviets, and other repressive regimes. . . . I've come to understand that's a very poor choice of words."

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld compared Durbin to actress Jane Fonda, who collaborated with the North Vietnamese and called American troops "war criminals."

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, a Democrat, called Durbin's comments "a disgrace."

The senator said he was "sorry" twice and offered his "apology" twice. Then he quoted Abraham Lincoln and gave his "promise to speak out."


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