Quote of the Day – Jim Webb

January 24, 2007 at 3:11 am | Posted in American politics, Bush Administration, George W Bush, Iraq, Middle East, Military | 4 Comments

Jim Webb, as the Democratic rebuttal

Like so many other Americans, today and throughout our history, we serve and have served, not for political reasons, but because we love our country. On the political issues – those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death – we trusted the judgment of our national leaders. We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm’s way.

We owed them our loyalty, as Americans, and we gave it. But they owed us – sound judgment, clear thinking, concern for our welfare, a guarantee that the threat to our country was equal to the price we might be called upon to pay in defending it.

The President took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War, the chief of staff of the army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq, the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs. We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable – and predicted – disarray that has followed.

The war’s costs to our nation have been staggering.

Financially.

The damage to our reputation around the world.

The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism.

And especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve.

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  1. That was a great speech. I can’t wait to see it again on youtube.

    Democrats have the chance to define the agenda in American politics for the next twenty years. In that respect, Jim Webb gained some ground.

    Webb, Barack Obama, John Edwards and others are moving in the right direction when they are talking about national and economic security in terms of patriotism and citizenship. Their rhetoric includes every American and empowers us to address our challenges. That’s why it is so inspiring.

  2. Webb, Barack Obama, John Edwards and others are moving in the right direction when they are talking about national and economic security in terms of patriotism and citizenship.

    I don’t know; this just brings to mind Nibley’s recollection of a quote from one of his father’s business partners: “You can get away with anything if you just wave the flag.” That doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to “wave the flag” without having some kind of underhanded reason for doing so, but this current administration has made me real wary of flag-wavers.

  3. Hellmut,

    very well said. I hope Republicans can step back and see just how foolish and destructive some of their rhetoric and actions have been over these past six years.

    Democrats are certainly moving in the right direction. While I would love for them to move faster, their pace is working well.

    If American soldiers are still in Iraq in 2008, expect even worse losses for the GOP in Congress. They have 21 seats up for grabs in the Senate alone!

  4. Mark,

    but this current administration has made me real wary of flag-wavers.

    After studying nationalism, I learned to be very weary of any “flag-wavers.” They do tend to have a distorted view of reality.


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