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The Durbin Effect

His non-apology sets the table for other Democrats to slander the American military.

12:00 AM, Jun 23, 2005 • By HUGH HEWITT
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The willingness to slander the servicemen and women responsible for the custody and interrogation of the detainees at Gitmo and around the globe did not begin with Durbin and it will not end with Pelosi. The innuendo of widespread torture that sometimes surfaces boldly. The editors at the Minneapolis Star Tribune wrote that "Durbin was spot on in his assessment of Guantanamo. That's why he was so roundly attacked. He told the truth. . . . The senator should stop apologizing and keep up the criticism of the hellhole America's military has created at Guantanamo. He has no reason to be defensive; he's telling the truth." This is deeply damaging to the security of American troops and devastating to the mission they are pursuing.

Demonizing the American military in order to advance an anti-war agenda is, of course, familiar to those who recall the end of the Vietnam War. Most had believed that September 11 put that playbook on the shelf for good. Wrong. It is in wide use among the left and their spokesmen and women in the leadership of the Democratic party.

Hugh Hewitt is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show, and author most recently of Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation That is Changing Your World. His daily blog can be found at