Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Webb Defends Murtha in OpEd

In a N.Y. Times OpEd, “Purple Heartbreakers,” combat veteran and former Secretary of the Navy James Webb responds vigorously to the Bush administration’s tactics, which have used shameless surrogates to torpedo the character and honor of his fellow Vietnam vets when they opposed the president's policies. Webb cited John McCain, Max Cleland, John Kerry and now John Murtha as examples.

“...Military people past and present have good reason to wonder if the current administration truly values their service beyond its immediate effect on its battlefield of choice. The casting of suspicion and doubt about the actions of veterans who have run against President Bush or opposed his policies has been a constant theme of his career. This pattern of denigrating the service of those with whom they disagree risks cheapening the public's appreciation of what it means to serve, and in the long term may hurt the Republicans themselves.”

Lowell Feld at Raising Kaine offers some of his thoughts on the potential senatorial candidacy of James Webb, as well as some background. Webb’s momentum for a run against Sen. George Allen in November seems to be picking up.

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