Finally getting around to posting about the Durbin apology. My thoughts on it is that this was not an apology:
“I’m sorry if anything that I said caused any offense or pain to those who have such bitter memories of the Holocaust, the greatest moral tragedy of our time,” he said, adding, “I’m also sorry if anything I said in any way cast a negative light on our fine men and women in the military.”
I’m sorry IF….I’m also sorry IF….
WTF is that? That is not a apology, he is saying that he is sorry if you were silly enough to be offended. He then goes on to quote Lincoln:
There’s usually a quote from Abraham Lincoln that you can turn to in moments like this. Maybe this is the right one. Lincoln said, “[I]f the end brings me out right, what is said against me won’t amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten thousand angels swearing I was right wouldn’t make any difference.”
In other words “I’m sorry I offended anybody but if it turns out I was right then I’m not sorry”
Conservative Thinking notices a similarity between this and Kerry’s position as told to Diane Sawyer last year:
DIANE SAWYER: Was the war in Iraq worth it?
JOHN KERRY: We should not have gone to war knowing the information that we know today.
DS: So it was not worth it.
JK: We should not ? it depends on the outcome ultimately ? and that depends on the leadership.
Kerry and Durbin comparing notes or something? All this idiot is doing is apologize for how others may have taken his comments, plain and simple.
What is also quite interesting is the fact that the Democrats are falling all over themselves attempting to put this behind them and forgiving the jackass. But what happened when Trent Lott apologized after the same amount of time? They wanted his head on platter either way.
Michael over at Of The Mind makes a great observation on this:
Ever notice that when a Republican makes dumb remarks (like Trent Lott) we take care of it by removing that person from power. Notice how the Democrats react in similar situations, they rally around the person. I believe it because they agree with the statements. but too chicken themselves to say anything.
Jimmie at The Blue State Conservative points out what a real apology looks like:
MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian engineer held hostage in Iraq for nearly seven weeks arrived in his home country yesterday and apologized for his televised plea for coalition forces to withdraw from Iraq.
Douglas Wood, 64, who lives in Alamo, Calif., told reporters at Melbourne’s airport that he supported the coalition forces’ role in Iraq.
“Frankly, I’d like to apologize to both President Bush and Prime Minister [John] Howard for the things I said under duress,” said Mr. Wood, with his American wife, Yvonne Given, and his brothers, Vernon and Malcolm, and their wives by his side.
Nowhere did Mr. Wood say “I’m sorry if Bush or Howard were offended by my comments.
As far as I am concerned Durbin needs to meet the same fate at Trent Lott.