Monday, July 16, 2007
Yet Another Smackdown of Senator Jim Webb (D-Washington Post)
Let me first state for the record that I’m not a big fan of Senator Lindsay Graham (r-SC). I think his recent support for the Immigration Amnesty legislation coupled with his participation in the infamous Gang of 14 call into question his qualifications and temperament as a US Senator. If he were representing my state, I’d support whatever primary challenger ran against him. In short, Lindsay Graham is not on my Christmas Card list.
Sadly, and I say that with no due respect, my state is currently represented by the Accidental Senator Jim Webb. By using the term “accidental” I mean that without the assistance of the Washington Post’s Macaca Squad, Jim Webb would be just another “also-ran” relegated to the D-List Lecture Circuit. Since his election to the Senate, Webb has been no stranger to the headlines. That said, those headlines have been anything but flattering to Webb and by proxy the Commonwealth of Virginia.
First he rudely and defiantly disrespected the President of the United States at the White House. Not much later he handed a briefcase containing a loaded handgun to a staffer who then tried to get it past Capitol Hill security. There is more, but I don’t have the time to list the embarrassing litany.
Yesterday Senators Graham and Webb appeared on NBC’s Meet the Press. This means it was a two-on-one against Graham. Knowing Graham’s wobbly history, I thought it would be a quick and ugly duel ending with Graham in shreds. I was gladly disappointed with the outcome and I give props to Senator Graham for sticking to his guns.
All things considered, Webb didn’t exactly make it hard for Graham to lay in the smackdown. Check out the video here. Newsbusters has the transcript. Two highlights I’d like to include:
SEN. WEBB: The traditional operational policy has been if you’ve been gone for a year, you get two years back. We’re now in a situation where the soldiers and the Marines are having less than a one to one ratio, and somebody needs to speak up for them rather than simply defending what this president’s been doing.Yes, dear reader, Senator Webb objects to the use of actual figures. He prefers to quote New York Times opinion polls as factual evidence. Problem is, he construes the polling data to support his conclusion which it does not. Don’t take my word for it. Dan Riehl crunched the actual numbers.
SEN. GRAHAM: When they re-enlist in the highest numbers anywhere else in the military, they’re speaking...
SEN. WEBB: You know, this is one thing I really—this is one thing I really take objection to...
SEN. GRAHAM: ...the soldiers are speaking, my friend. Let them win.
Second highlight: Senator Webb isn’t a detail man. He thinks the rest of his Senate colleagues get their information from the same sources he does (ie the MSM).
SEN. WEBB: Less than half of the military believes that we should be in Iraq in the first place.That’s gonna leave a mark. Emphasis added to show Webb doesn’t bother to listen to what’s being said. He’s got his mind made up and doesn’t want to be confused with facts. For the record, Senator Graham holds the rank of Colonel and serves as a JAG officer in the United States Air Force Reserves.
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq? Have you ever been and talked to them? I’ve been seven times.
SEN. WEBB: You know, have you ever been to these—I’ve been—I’ve covered two wars as a correspondent...
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq?
SEN. WEBB: I have been to Afghanistan as a journalist.
SEN. GRAHAM: Have you been to Iraq and—have you been to Iraq and talked to the soldiers?
SEN. WEBB: You know, you haven’t been to Iraq.
SEN. GRAHAM: I’ve been to—I’ve been there seven times.
SEN. WEBB: You know, you go see the dog and pony shows.
SEN. GRAHAM: I’ve been there as a reservist, I have been there and I’m going back in August.
As Senator Graham said at the end of the interview, it was good television. It showed the utter cluelessness of the Democratic majority in calling the Surge a failure even though the full force of said Surge has only been in place for two weeks. It shows the folly of a Senator willing to confirm General Petraeus and then cut his funding just as he’s getting started.
Like most Americans I honor the service rendered by Senator Webb to his country in time of war. The Vietnam War was not lost on the battlefields of Southeast Asia. It was lost in the halls of Congress where left-leaning politicians sought to dictate war policy from half a world away. Vietnam was a war American politicians chose to lose.
One would think American politicians would have learned the folly of trying to conduct a politically correct war from Washington – especially those who had fought and bled in a similar conflict. Though he may claim to have the best interests of the military at heart, Jim Webb has learned no such lesson.
He would do well to heed the advice of someone like Lindsay Graham – who still wears the uniform – and let the military do what is best for the military.
Senator Webb, listen to the General you sent into battle. Let them win.
Here endeth the lesson.
Your thesis is laughable. You really think reservist JAG lawyer Graham is going to know more about the realities of the Iraq war than someone like Webb? So what if he hasn't gone to Iraq, yet. His kid just came back from Ramadi, he served as an embedded journalist in Afghanistan, etc. Webb's got plenty of experience about what it's like to be in a war, contrary to Graham.Post a Comment