“Whatever your politics or your views on the Iraq war, the admission by Sen. Dick Durbin [Illinois Democrat] that as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee he knew that America was duped into a war, but remained silent because he was sworn to secrecy, was a stunner,” Dennis Byrne writes in the Chicago Tribune.
“ ‘At the time of this debate,’ he recently said on the Senate floor, ‘I was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. And I would read the headlines in the paper in the morning and watch the television newscasts and shake my head. [. . .]
“ ‘The information we had in the Intelligence Committee was not the same information being given to the American people. I couldn’t believe it. [. . .] So in my frustration, I sat on the floor of the Senate and listened to this heated debate about invading Iraq, thinking the American people are being misled, they are not being told the truth.’
“As many in his home state know, the idea that Durbin could keep his mouth shut about anything is a stunner in itself. He has been known to shoot it off frequently and disastrously. Witness the time he made the inflammatory and false comparison of the U.S. military’s treatment of Guantanamo Bay detainees to the millions murdered by the Nazis, Soviet Gulags and Cambodia’s Pol Pot,” said Mr. Byrne, a Chicago area writer and consultant.
“So, what are we to think now? That Durbin willingly let thousands of Americans and uncounted thousands of Iraqis die when he knew the truth? Is he bringing it up now because he is seeking absolution? Was it just bravado, a childlike ‘I know what you don’t know’ moment? Was it a slip of the tongue; did he misspeak? Was it just a routine attempt to again make Bush administration officials look like liars, but he failed to think through the implications and consequences of what he was saying? Did it even occur to him that he was implicating every member of the Intelligence Committee for hiding the truth from the public?”