Sunday, July 15, 2007

Word War Won: Webb KOs Graham

In less than 20 minutes today on “Meet the Press,” the debate over Iraq came into clear focus.

Freshman Democratic Sen. Jim Webb cut through the Republican fog of obfuscation and called Iraq by its proper name--not a war but a “botched occupation.”

As Sen. Lindsey Graham, parroting the Bush line about fighting terrorism, kept ducking behind Gen. Patraeus, Webb pointed out that the occupation brought Al Qaeda to Iraq, that the Iraqis are telling us to get out and our troops have lost faith in the operation and want to come home.

Pitting pitiful Graham against Webb was a mismatch. The South Carolina Senator, whose military experience consists of doing legal paperwork, was up against a Vietnam veteran with the Navy Cross, whose family has served the country since the American Revolution and who has helped run the Defense Department.

If patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels, Webb was having none of Graham’s and the session led to verbal fisticuffs that, on the scorecard of a not-impartial judge, ended with a KO by Webb.

It was encouraging to watch the senator from Virginia have Graham for breakfast. Hillary Clinton backers have been touting him as a running mate, and it’s easy to see why.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Glad to hear that Russert had Webb on the program. He's certainly a rising star for the Dems. I hate to see what kind of "swiftboat" crap the likes of Karl Rove come up with to smear him and his service record. There are some guys out there with fat wallets and shit for brains that think Dems, by definition, run from a fight. Webb better get ready now.