Senator Apologizes For Nazi Comparison

Republicans say Senator Richard Durbin has taken an "honorable step" in apologizing for comparing some U-S interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp to Nazis.

A tearful Durbin apologized yesterday on the Senate floor, saying he meant no disrespect to Americans in the military. The number-two Democrat in the Senate also made a point of apologizing to any soldiers who felt his remarks had crossed over the line. He'd come under attack from both Republicans and Democrats for the comments.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says Durbin's speech yesterday "was the right thing to do," and the right thing to say to U-S men and women in uniform. But Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist adds that whether it was intended or not, "damage was being done." Frist says the Illinois senator has taken a step along the road to understanding how words strengthen U-S enemies in the war on terrorism.