Jim Webb: Now THAT'S Support for the Troops

Monday, July 16, 2007

I am loving Jim Webb, at this moment, for saying on "Meet the Press" what I have been saying for years; that Republicans need to stop using the troops as political cover and putting words in the mouths of the voiceless. Voiceless because members of the military are bound by the UCMJ not to align themselves publicly with any political cause. Yet, the Bush Administration, at every turn, uses them as props to dress a set and exploits their deaths to justify killing more of them.

Hat tip to Crooks and Liars for providing this partial transcript of Webb's stand-off with Lindsey Graham:

Graham: “The surge has been in place for two weeks” Webb: “we didn’t
do that in two weeks”

Webb: “It’s been a hard month Lindsey, hasn’t it?”

Webb: “Lindsey’s had a hard month. These people who have gathered around the President, you know, on the immigration bill and this bill, I know it’s been tough. We gotta bring people together …”

Webb: “We’re now in a situation where the soldiers and the Marines are having less than a one to one ratio [time at home versus time at war], and somebody needs to speak up for them instead of simply defending what this President …”

Graham: “Well, they reenlist in the highest numbers anywhere than the…”

Webb: “This one thing I really take objection to is politicians …”

Lindsey keeps interrupting

Webb: “May I speak? … Is politicians who put their political views in the mouths of soldiers. You can look at poll after poll and the political views of the United States military are no different than the country writ large. Go take a look at the New York Times today. Less than half of the military believes that we should have been in Iraq in the first place.

Graham: “Have you ever been to Iraq? Have you ever been?”

Webb: “Have you ever been to these … I’ve covered two wars as a correspondent.”

Graham: “Have you been to Iraq and talked to the soldiers?”

[Curmudgette's note to Lindsey Graham: Jim Webb's own son served in Iraq as a US Marine!! Do you think he might have a little insight into what his own son and other grunts are facing over there?]

Webb: “You know, you haven’t been to Iraq Lindsey. (cross-talk). You go see the dog and pony show. That’s what Congressman do.

cross talk

Webb: “I’ve been a member of the military more than the Senators been a Senator.”

Webb: “35% of the United States military agrees with the policy of this President.

Graham: “Well, why do they keep reenlisting? Why do they go back?”

Webb: “Because they love their country. (cross-talk) They do not do it for political reasons. Believe me, my family’s been doing this since the Revolutionary War.”

Graham: “Yea? Well so has my family.”

Webb: “They do it because they love their country. They do it because they have a tradition, and it is the responsibility of our national leaders so make sure that they are used properly.” [Emphases mine]


Anonymous said...

Is this the same Jim Webb who recently gave President Bush all he wanted--and more--by voting for FISA in the Senate? FISA not only legalizes all the things the federal courts have ruled Bush couldn't do, but actually EXPANDS Bush's powers.

Or does the State of Virginia have TWO Senator Jim Webbs, and the one you admire so much is the good twin? Or maybe Senator Webb has a dual personality, and you admire the Dr. Jekyll side, not the Mr. Hyde that keeps voting with the Republicans? Hm, it's like this Webb character used to be a Republican or something...oh wait...he WAS...he was Reagan's Secretary of the Navy.

Well, I'm sure we can trust Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to protect our civil liberties, so whichever Senator Jim Webb voted to put more power in Gonzales' hands knew what he was doing. The country is under threat from terrorists, after all, and the only way we can protect our freedoms from the terrorists is to destroy them ourselves. That's how I protected my home from arsonists: I burned it to the ground before they got a chance. That'll show those house-torching bastards.

Oh sure, the FISA is authorized for "only" six months. A temporary suspension of the Fourth Amendment for a lousy six months? Eh, small taters. I'm sure Senator Webb will completely reverse his position in six months and vote against re-authorization of a law that permits President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to conduct warrantless searches and surveillance without court authorization or oversight.