Friday, July 22, 2005

GITMO soldiers take umbrage w/"gulag?" No way

Interesting piece in The Washington Times today concerning what actual soldiers stationed at the Guantanamo Bay think about the comments made involving the word "gulag:"

Sens. Edward M. Kennedy, Massachusetts Democrat, and Daniel K. Akaka, Hawaii Democrat, met with several soldiers during a visit led by Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John W. Warner, Virginia Republican.

Pentagon officials said soldiers criticized the harsh comments made recently by Senate Democrats.

"They got stiff reactions from those home-state soldiers," one official told us. "The troops down there expressed their disdain for that kind of commentary, especially comparisons to the gulag."

Can't imagine that soldiers ordered to do this difficult, highly-criticized, and in-the-spotlight job dislike being insulted by their elected officials. Less-than-heartfelt apologies from Durbin and others will not go far in assuaging their sensibilities. Soldiers and their families can vote too, in case anyone's forgotten.

(hat tip to Instapundit, and for more, check out Blackfive)

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