Yesterday on the premier Washington, inside the beltway, gasbag show, Meet The Press, Tim Russert, former aide to New York Democrat Gov. Mario Cuomo, had Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. James Webb (D-Vir) and the fireworks exploded over the situation in the Iraq theatre in the War Against Terror http://realclearpolitics.com.
While both men were trying to stick to their talking points, passion took over. While Sen. Webb was trying to act as if he knows the feelings of boots-on-the-ground soldiers in Iraq, which he is basing on polling done by the New York Times, Sen. Graham asked a simple, devastating question. "Have you been to Iraq, Sen. Webb?" Sen. Webb was grandstanding and Sen. Graham asked several more times and Sen. Webb even said that Sen. Graham had never been to Iraq either. WRONG! Sen. Graham answered Sen. Webb "I have been there seven times." Seven to none. A shutout. And, Sen Webb is the Democrat big military expert who beat former Sen. George Allen. And, he has not been to Iraq once.
I think that Sen. Webb does not want to look the soldiers in the eyes and tell them with false bravado that they are wasting their time in Iraq. Sen. Webb knows that he maybe in for a good ol' fashioned butt kicking.
The winner with one devastating question is Sen. Lindsay Graham.
The loser is a bitter troll, Sen. James Webb.
While Sen. Webb's son is or has been to Iraq, and since he has been elected a United States senator, I find it odd that he would not want to get a first hand account by seeing his son in the field of battle. Rush Limbaugh http://rushlimbaugh.com has a lot of points on that score that are correct.
One thing that should be noted. Sen. Webb was a Republican and he was not happy with President Bush or former Sen. Allen because they did not listen to what he had to write and say about the Iraq front on the War Against Terror. Sen. Webb got angry. But being a coward rather than really doing a political fight, Sen. Webb became a Democrat. Because Sen. Webb knew that he could not beat Sen. Allen in a Republican primary with his position on Iraq. Suddenly, with public opinion turning against the war in Iraq, then Mr. Webb announced that he was going to run in the Democrat primary in 2006. In shady campaigning, Mr. Webb defeated a longtime state senator and set his sights on Sen. Allen. And, as a guerrilla fighter he did eventually best Sen. Allen.
Well, here is something for Sen. Webb to chew on.
George W. Bush in 2009 will not be president at this time. Sen. Webb, your whole campaign was essentially about the Iraq theatre in the War Against Terror. More than likely, many troops will be home and, God willing, Iraq is on the road to becoming a stable, democratic nation. Then, Sen. Webb, what will your angry act be?
I respect the fact that Sen. Webb and his family have had a strong military sense of honor. I did and still think highly of the book "Born Fighting", which was a definitive tome on the Scots-Irish influence in the United States. But, Sen. Webb, you are a coward when it comes to Iraq. You will not go there to see first hand what the situation is. If you don't like the "Dog and pony show", ask to go out of the Green Zone into the field. Then if your position is still the same, I may not agree but will have a little more respect for you. And another thing, Sen. Webb. I would not quote an alleged poll of military people and the source is the New York Times. There should not be polling of soldiers in war time, and we are in a war. And, even taking the poll at face value, no armed forces can conduct a war based on any polling data. You could not be an officer and thus lead on polling only. That is not a leader, that is a bureaucrat at best, coward at worst.
But, as far as who won yesterday's showdown on Meet The Press, it was Sen. Lindsay Graham. Oh, and Sen. Graham is a reserve military officer, not some "chicken hawk."