Durbin, Kirk Disagree On Bin Laden Photos

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM) — U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) do not agree on whether photos of the slain Osama bin Laden should have been released to the public.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

Durbin says releasing the photos would change few minds and inflame many more.

“I totally agree with the White House decision. I’ll tell you why – I think we have ample evidence from videos, and from the statement from al-Qaeda – that knowledge that Osama bin Laden was killed,” Durbin said. “Further, I think that releasing those could, in fact, inflame a lot of opponents and enemies around the world and endanger our troops.”

But U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) does not agree.

“Conspiracy theorists, especially in the Islamic world, may gain some traction,” he said.

President Barack Obama has said photos of bin Laden will not be released.

A week ago Sunday, Durbin got an unexpected phone call from the vice president, announcing that bin Laden had been killed.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, Durbin is now reflecting on what has happened since then.

Durbin says he is happy with what he has seen – a video of bin Laden at work.

“I’ll tell you what – that tape was important, because it showed a scared, old man hiding, watching himself on television, wrapped in a blanket with a gray beard, which he colored every time he had a TV shot and looked a lot younger and more powerful,” Durbin said. “That, I think, will serve to destroy the image of this almighty bin Laden in the eyes of some of those extremists.”

Durbin said he is troubled at the idea that Pakistan may have harbored bin Laden, but he wants the investigation to play out fully.

  • Special Forces

    What does Durbin know,did he not call our troops Nazi’s and women and baby killers???and this jerkoff has a nerve to make comments,this guy makes me sick.

    • Mr. Juistce

      Very True. Durbin never ever disagrees with the White House. The man has no integrity and votes the way the wind blows. He will never speak for the citizens of IL or the citizens of America.

  • Roberta Waker

    If they could show photos of Saddam and his sons, who didn’t attack America; why can’t they show photos of bin Laden who killed thousands of innocent Americans? Osama was treated with respect and buried according to custom? He should NOT have been given ANY respect and should have been buried in shame. WE have made him special, something he was not – he was a terrorist that deserved to die and his body shown to all the world. He should have been cremated and put out with the rest of the garbage. Burial at sea with true heroes was way too good for him.

  • Jeffrey

    Durbin sure loved it when the Abu Ghraib pictures were shown. He is a total partisan ass!

  • bserius

    as Jeffrey wrote, Durbin would plaster Abu Ghraib, and Gitmo pictures all over,,,
    Durbin called our soldiers at Gitmo Nazis, and compared Gitmo to Soviet gulags.

    Kirk has always had a mind of his own,,,,Durbin has never uttered anything other than the liberal party line and what he is told


    Ah yes,Another shining example of the dribble that runs from Durbin’s lips. Has Mr. Know it all Durbin ever seen or read about Daniel Pearl? I could care less what the Muslim Radicals think about our killing of a mass murderer. The pictures of a dead bin Laden and all other dead Muslim Radicals should be shown every day world wide to let them know they will be next if they don’t quit trying to force their religion on others at the price of death. Our troops are fully capable of protecting them selves and they are in harms way every day now you idiot. Don’t try and hide behind our troops. This worthless, no- nothing,useless politician,is the poster boy of the elite Democrats now sitting in office.If it wasn’t for the track record of crooked politicians here in Illinois,I’d say I’m embarrassed by him and the fact anyone this dumb could possibly be elected to a Senate seat. I would bet he shines Obama’s shoes in the evenings,in the oval office.Rest in peace Daniel Pearl and may your killers continue to burn in hell for eternity without their virgins they were promised.

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