Going into Iraq was wrong and President Bush lied to get us to go in.
The valiant soldiers we've put in harm's way deserve better. There are things worth going to war for, but ousting Saddam Hussein was not one of them.
And protecting the Sunni minority that prospered under Hussein from reaping what they've sown is not worth one more American life.
Since our Soldiers, Airmen, Navy and Marines got there, they've been hampered, harrassed, maimed and murdered for political goals that are unacheivable and political figures too stubborn or stupid to recognize their initial error.
The emporor has no clothes, and James Webb has the balls to say so.
The quote below is the lede to a story about Webb in a Washington Post article by Post Staff Writer Michael D. Shear.
"At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia's newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn't long before Bush found him.
"How's your boy?" Bush asked, referring to Webb's son, a Marine serving in Iraq.
"I'd like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President," Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.
"That's not what I asked you," Bush said. "How's your boy?"
"That's between me and my boy, Mr. President," Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House."
George Will has it exactly wrong. Webb brings to the Senate exactly what Washington needs more of.
In the next six years, I expect him to give liberals like me plenty of heartburn; Webb is no lefty.
But he's served this country admirably, as a warrior, a novelist, a journalist and a Secretary of the Navy.
I'm proud of the way he's representing Virginia, even before being formally sworn in.