“Virginia Democratic Senate candidate James Webb said Friday that he would have voted against a proposal by Sen. John F. Kerry to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within a year...”
“...‘James H. Webb Jr. is not only trying to have it both ways on Iraq, he has taken three or more contradictory and vacillating positions,’ said Dick Wadhams, Allen’s campaign manager, in a statement. ‘If you disagree with something James H. Webb Jr. says about Iraq, just wait a few hours, and he’ll change his position.’”
“Well ... isn’t that special?” as Dana Carvey’s Church Lady character used to say on Saturday Night Live.
Yep, Mr. Wadhams gets paid the big bucks as a campaign consultant for such original material. By the time we get to November, how many times do you think we’ll have heard the stale term “flip-flopper” fall out of his rent-a-mouth?
In the summer of 2006, a big part of the Democrats’ problem with the war in Iraq, as an issue, is something that was also a big problem in the fall of 2002. That's when President George Bush buffaloed most of them into giving him the blank check authority he's been cashing in ever since. Sadly, the Democratic Party lacked leadership in 2002, on matters of war and piece. Today it's still a problem.
So, Jim Webb is saying he can help provide that leadership, if he is elected. Sounds good to me. I think he’s saying the Democrats need a new senator who is an authentic military expert.
It surely helped when the Dems had Georgia's Sam Nunn in the Senate, to ask tough questions at crucial times. Webb seems to be saying that all of America’s military/diplomatic experts weren’t in favor of launching the war in Iraq. It wasn't so much a matter of being willing, as it was being smart.
Yet, the White House scoffed at anyone who questioned its plan, anyone and everyone. It was going to be a "cakewalk," Bush’s experts with no military experience promised then. Now those same failed experts -- some might call them “swindlers” -- speak less of cakewalks, and more of flip-floppers.
Webb seems to be saying that some of America’s military/diplomatic experts, today, aren’t happy with the Bush Defense Department’s swaggering style, nor with its dangerous incompetence.
If Webb says he just doesn’t like artificial timetables for withdrawal, that’s OK by me.
My support of him says I trust Jim Webb to do the right thing for America’s military personnel, and its best overall interests, in matters of war and peace. I’m not going to ask him to support a bill he doesn’t like, simply to create a little news story to harass Bush. And, to me, that’s most of what Kerry's measure was.
It was a pose Webb chose wisely not to strike. That's leadership, regardless of what Wadhams might like you to believe.
Bottom Line: I have to wonder if either Bush's yes-man, Sen. George Allen, or his hired gun, Wadhams, has ever had such a thing as an original thought. So-o, who's doing their thinking? Uh, oh, could it be ... Satan?