‘A Disgrace’:

One of the most powerful Democrats in Illinois joined with Republicans to denounce Sen. Richard Durbin’s (D.-Ill.) comparison of the U.S. treatment of terrorists at Guantanamo to the treatment of unjustly imprisoned people by the most evil totalitarian regimes of the 20th Century. At a recent news conference, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley called Durbin’s likening of interrogations at Guantanamo to the tactics of Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot “a disgrace.† Daley was moved to criticize Durbin, reports columnist Robert Novak, “in no small part because his 29-year-old son, Pvt. Patrick Daley of the Army’s airborne infantry, was visiting home.† The mayor’s son, reported Novak, “resented what the senator said.†