Simply stated, Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is the worst kind of useful idiot for the terrorists. Equating temperature adjustments and loud music at Gitmo Bay (where the terrorists held there have, on average, GAINED weight and become healthier) with the Gulag system in the USSR or the Nazis is the worst kind of slander against the men and women of the Armed Forces who have gone above and beyond the call of any international standards (which actually allow the US to kill these terrorists on sight).
We've discussed the insidious thought process that leads the hyperbolic types on the Left to draw these false parallels on many occasions, including here, here and here.
The US record on Guantanamo Bay should be the envy of any country that pretends to concern itself with human rights. It has scrupulously avoided insult to the Islamic beliefs of the prisoners (to an excessive degree), has provided accommodations, board, and facilities that exceed the conditions most prisoners lived in at home. And the "abuses" that Durbin cited have been unearthed by US armed forces investigators. In other words, the world's policeman has policed itself.
Thus, Patrick Ruffini is right to draw this parallel:
The GOP should not be afraid to "go public" on otherwise arcane national security issues that can be used to reinforce the perception of Democrats as hopelessly lost on the war. When your opponents are playing the role of prison rights advocates for fanatical terrorists, reminiscent of the shills for big screen TVs and gyms in every jail, then the argument is pretty easy to make.
Saying that the US treatment of prisoners in Gitmo or Abu Ghraib is equivalent to the treatment that Saddam inflicted, which Durbin declared is the case, means that the person making the comparison has neither shame nor a meaningful grasp on reality. And that's because the US troops don't do any of this.
Durbin is an embarrassment. Our troops are heroes.