Durbin’s comments have had the positive effect of stimulating more discussion about the fact that the Bush Administration’s policies have put our troops at risk and hurt our efforts to win the war on terrorism. Durbin’s constituents, who know him best, seem to recognize that was his intent.TL then lists the papers that bothered to read what Durbin actually said:
State Journal Register:It's a shame that the Chicago Tribune, faced with a principled legislator protesting against chaining prisoners "hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water" -- all in the name of the United States of America -- could only see a "stunt."The real message of Durbin's statement - that we must investigate and stop inhumane treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo and other military prisons - is one we can't afford to ignore.Daily Southtown:Durbin doesn't owe anyone an apology. Our view is that he's calling on the Bush administration to act by the high standards that are the American tradition. That's what we all should be demanding from our president and his administration, and we should not be so naive as to be deceived by the propaganda machine.Crain’s Chicago Business:Mistreating people, some possibly innocent, in a harsh prison forever is not an Illinois value. Nor is it an Illinois value to take a person who might possess some intelligence of possible value, stake them out naked on the ground, turn up an air-conditioner until they’re shaking with cold, play ear-splitting music, and watch them defecate and urinate on themselves. That, in fact, was the conduct Mr. Durbin was protesting.