This email from MoveAmericaForward just landed in my inbox. I think it’s fair to say that it echoes most commentary from the right about this issue (italics added):
Some left-wing politicians (like Illinois Senator Dick Durbin) have taken to the airwaves and accused American servicemen and women of engaging in conduct akin to the “Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime — Pol Pot or others.”
We’re not making this up.
A liberal Democrat U.S. SENATOR is accusing our troops of acting like Nazi soldiers or the Soviet Communists who ran the gulags that tortured political prisoners.
Even immediately after Durbin’s remarks were publicized, it was clear to all but the most cynical/partisan critics that he did not actually see U.S. soldiers in the same light as Nazis.
But now, after numerous explanations of what he meant, and a clarification from Durbin himself, it’s just downright dishonest to say that Durbin is accusing our troops of acting like Nazis.
Which leads to a question that conservatives and the media (which is working on its fifth day of coverage of this story) might ask: at what point does it become unpatriotic to mislead our soldiers into believing that one of their own senators has accused them of acting like Nazis? How does that improve their morale?