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Reagan's Navy Chief Seeks Va. Senate Seat
Breitbart ^ | May 28, 2006 | Bob Lewis - AP

Posted on 05/28/2006 4:04:54 PM PDT by RDTF

Thirty-seven summers ago, in the swelter of An Hua Basin, Marine Lt. James H. Webb saw more bloodshed and death than most people see in a lifetime.

Since his decorated tenure in Vietnam, Webb has added hitches as President Reagan's Navy secretary, an Emmy-winning journalist and author of best-selling, military-suspense novels to his made-for-the- movies biography.

Why, then, suddenly run this year as a Democrat to unseat Sen. George Allen, a Republican former governor whom Webb endorsed just six years ago?

"When I look at where this administration has taken its own party, I cannot help but think about the pendulum of history," Webb said. "The pendulum has swung, I think, as far as it can swing given the principles this party had once espoused."

Webb says Allen is part of an arrogant Republican majority in Washington bent on repeating in Iraq the blunders that killed so many of his buddies in Vietnam a generation ago.

He accuses President Bush, whom he backed in 2000, of betraying conservative fiscal governance by pushing the federal debt toward $9 trillion. He claims the GOP, his former party, and Allen in particular are Bush's eager accomplices.

"We really need to get back to a time when the members of Congress will stand up to an administration that is abusing its constitutional privileges," Webb said.

Allen campaign spokesman Dick Wadhams dismissed Webb's criticism with a chuckle, a rhetorical question his only reply: "So is Jim Webb still a Democrat today or did he switch back over to being a Republican?"

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: allen; allen2006; demprimary; georgeallen; jameshwebb; jameswebb; senate; senator; virginia; webb

1 posted on 05/28/2006 4:04:56 PM PDT by RDTF
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To: RDTF

I've got to call BS on this. Webb has been a 'RAT for many, many moons. He was bashing Republicans before President Bush got elected.


2 posted on 05/28/2006 4:09:44 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Freedom or a baloney sandwich? A DemocRAT will ALWAYS choose the baloney sandwich.)
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To: RDTF
Webb says Allen is part of an arrogant Republican majority in Washington bent on repeating in Iraq the blunders that killed so many of his buddies in Vietnam a generation ago.

That's crap in every way possible. The Iraq operation is absolutely necessary unless you think that we should allow people to poison the US Senate office building with anthrax and go unpunished, and George Allen is the best the republican party has right now. He's definitely not part of any sort of an "arrogant elite" or any such.

3 posted on 05/28/2006 4:10:45 PM PDT by tomzz
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To: tomzz

Allen likes his chewin tebacci though.....


4 posted on 05/28/2006 4:17:44 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: RDTF
...bent on repeating in Iraq the blunders that killed so many of his buddies in Vietnam a generation ago.

Iraq is NOTHING like Vietnam - NOTHING!

5 posted on 05/28/2006 4:19:09 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! I *LOVE* my attitude problem. Beware the Enemedia!)
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To: RDTF
Somewhere in my boxes of of books, I have a signed copy of Webb's "A Sense of Honor." A good man. Better than the two POS's we have here in Jersey.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

6 posted on 05/28/2006 4:24:48 PM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: RDTF

Webb just had Opinion Journal publish a piece by him about his five favorite books.

One of the Books he recommended, and I agree on the choice, is "The Guns of August" by Barbara Tuchman. I wrote this response to Opinon Journal, which they published:




Referring to "The Guns of August" Mr. Webb wrote: "This is the book that every policy maker pushing for the invasion of Iraq should have read, marked, learned from and digested before sending the U.S. off to war."

So Webb believes we "rushed" to war with Iraq. He also apparently thinks the events leading to the war in Iraq present an unequivocal and clear parallel with the events of August 1914. This is a clearly a person who doesn't realize the way the world changed on September 11, 2001, and now he wants to be a senator.

Great, just what we need. The fact that people like Anthony Zinni and John Murtha support him should tell us all we need to know when we consider which national-security policies he would support as an elected official.

I think one John Kerry in the Senate is one more than we should have, and two of them if Webb succeeds is an excess.


7 posted on 05/28/2006 4:38:52 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: misterrob

That's being Arrogant?


9 posted on 05/28/2006 4:44:07 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: misterrob

I've always believed that Allen shouldn't run for re-election. Soon after 2006 everybody's going to be gearing up for 2008. Better to take some months off, spend some time with the family, formulate policy and take some trips through the heartland. It's not like the Senate is in danger of losing its Republican majority, since one exists in name only.


10 posted on 05/28/2006 4:45:50 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: RDTF

I might be tempted to vote for him if he was running to unseat Warner (who's a Democrat in Republican clothing).
But he has fouled himself up by his claims. He just wants to get in on Kaine's tails.


11 posted on 05/28/2006 4:46:31 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: RDTF

More garbage coming from another DemonRat,Webb.


12 posted on 05/28/2006 4:46:32 PM PDT by johna61
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To: RDTF

The real reason is that Webb HAS to run as a Rat, because he comes with baggage that means he could never run as a Republican ... so he joined the party of Willie Jeff, a/k/a Cold Hard Case a/k/a Dollah Bill; Tom Dodd, a/k/a Censure? The Idiots in KonneKtiKut Will Just Reelect me; Adam Clayton Powell, the Congressman from Bimini; Bobby "Big Bird" Byrd, a/k/a the Grand Wizard of the KKK, etc. He seems to fit right in with that crowd.


13 posted on 05/28/2006 4:59:02 PM PDT by MIchaelTArchangel
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To: RDTF

This is one the dems new plans. They think we're so stupid that we cannot tell the difference between a patriot in a uniform .. and a pretender in a uniform (aka John Kerry). I think they've already lost several races trying to pull off this scam.

The next plan is "pretend Christians" - again assuming that if you can talk the talk - they don't have to walk the walk. And .. of course .. they still think we're too stupid to figure that out.


14 posted on 05/28/2006 5:20:07 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Drive-by Media: Fake news, fake documents, fake polls)
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To: Spirited
Course not...

A good 'ol boy who likes his dip can never be considered arrogant.
15 posted on 05/28/2006 5:26:54 PM PDT by misterrob
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To: MIchaelTArchangel
Yeah, he fits their current model pretty well. Any military experience and willing to call yourself a Democrat.

He and Sestak seem to be cut from the same jib. If given the chance they will expose their inner Howard Dean. Both have widely known reputations for their tempers. A heckler, or former peer giving some less than flattering information, will bring it out. Guaranteed.

16 posted on 05/28/2006 5:29:41 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: rlmorel

Apparently what Webb learned from 9/11 is that when someone declares war on us we should wait for them to kill thousands of Americans before we respond in kind. If I am wrong and that is not Webb's position, how does one explain Webb's opposition to going to war against a regime (i.e. Iraq) that was routinely firing missiles at our pilots before we responded by going to war against them.


17 posted on 05/28/2006 5:31:52 PM PDT by vbmoneyspender
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To: Just A Nobody

Webb says Allen is part of an arrogant Republican majority in Washington bent on repeating in Iraq the blunders that killed so many of his buddies in Vietnam a generation ago.

Democrat Lyndon Johnson is the primary cause of 58,000 soliders being killed in action in Vietnam, and many many more being wounded. He second guessed our generals, and he failed to take decisive action against the Communists. If Democrat LBJ were in the White House on 9/11/01, Saddam Hussein would still be torturing and murdering, and the terrorists would still have a base of operations in Afghanistan. President Bush has great courage, he took decisive action, and as a result we have liberated 50 million people (Iraq + Afghanistan).
By the way, the U.S. ultimately prevailed in Vietnam, and President Nixon and Secretary of State Kissinger negotiated a cease fire. But later Congress cut off assistance for South Vietnam, and the Communists moved back into the South and massacred hundreds of thousands of South Vietnamese, plus Cambodians.
Now Democrats want to repeat this scenario. They want to cut and run from Iraq, taking a cue from Hanoi Kerry, Hanoi Jane, and the other traitors. Democrats want to waste the lives of almost 3,000 of our troops who have fought to keep us free and safe here at home. If the current Democrats "leaders" had been at Valley Forge with General Washington, they would have cut and run. The Democrats are lowly, base, immoral, and obscene.


18 posted on 05/28/2006 5:37:24 PM PDT by pleikumud
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To: RDTF
How do you spell LOSER?

W-E-B-B


19 posted on 05/28/2006 6:02:27 PM PDT by new yorker 77 (FAKE POLLS DO NOT TRANSLATE INTO REAL VOTERS!)
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To: pleikumud
Like I said, Iraq is NOTHING like Vietnam.

BTW, there have been 1950 deaths by hostile action, 514 by non-hostile action for a total of 2464 deaths in Iraq to date. Let's not help the ENEMEDIA.

20 posted on 05/28/2006 6:04:02 PM PDT by Just A Nobody (NEVER AGAIN..Support our Troops! I *LOVE* my attitude problem. Beware the Enemedia!)
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To: pleikumud

Well said.


21 posted on 05/28/2006 6:24:21 PM PDT by rlmorel ("Innocence seldom utters outraged shrieks. Guilt does." Whittaker Chambers)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

"I've always believed that Allen shouldn't run for re-election. Soon after 2006 everybody's going to be gearing up for 2008. Better to take some months off, spend some time with the family, formulate policy and take some trips through the heartland. It's not like the Senate is in danger of losing its Republican majority, since one exists in name only."

I'm glad he's not taiking your advice.
We need him in the Senate and he's not yet the frontrunner for Prez.


22 posted on 05/28/2006 6:36:31 PM PDT by WOSG (Do your duty, be a patriot, support our Troops - VOTE!)
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To: CyberAnt

LOL So, you've read the gospel according to FDR.


23 posted on 05/28/2006 6:43:02 PM PDT by ClaireSolt (.)
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To: LonePalm

My first Navy Achievement Medal certificate is signed by Webb. It is hard to figure him out, on the political side of things.


24 posted on 05/28/2006 6:48:07 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Progressivism: A polyp on the colon politic.)
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To: pleikumud

"The Democrats are lowly, base, immoral, and obscene."

I couldn't agree more, and those are their good points!


25 posted on 05/28/2006 6:49:27 PM PDT by Nuc1 (NUC1 Sub pusher SSN 668 (Liberals Aren't Patriots))
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To: RDTF
This is an old play from an old play book. The former decorated candidate introduces himself to the public. This is followed by a beautiful puff piece written about them in the Washington Post, NY Times, LA Times, Boston Globe or any other commie rag. It is like the west coast offense. Everyone is using it. Fortunately for the United States these are some guys who ran on an "I was in the military and hate war but know how to fight one" platform and lost.

1. Paul Hackett
2. John Kerry
3. Wesley Clarke
4. Jimmy Carter
5. George Mcgovern

I think we can infer that the country does not want these candidates.
26 posted on 05/28/2006 7:01:59 PM PDT by slowhand520
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To: Corin Stormhands

george allen ping


27 posted on 05/28/2006 7:27:53 PM PDT by freespirited (I'm for it if the New York Times and the Washington Post are against it.)
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Support George Allen

George Allen 2006

28 posted on 05/28/2006 8:13:02 PM PDT by Ligeia (Help unseat Jim Moran: http://www.tomodonoghue.com/about.html)
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To: everyone

Webb is a jerk. The company he's keeping (the Rat party) says everything about his judgment. Not a man to elect to a city council, let alone the Senate. Don't let the uniform fool you.


29 posted on 05/28/2006 10:50:30 PM PDT by California Patriot ("That's not Charlie the Tuna out there. It's Jaws.")
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To: Ligeia; EDINVA; iceskater; xyz123; Mudboy Slim; Corin Stormhands; jla; Flora McDonald; ...

Allen ping.


30 posted on 05/29/2006 5:29:47 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (HHD: Join the Hobbit Hole Troop Support - http://freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net/)
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To: WOSG
We need him in the Senate

To do what? Keep a chair warm?

Why stay in the Senate when mere months after he's re-elected he's going to prepare for a Presidential run?

31 posted on 05/29/2006 9:44:57 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Conservatism is moderate, it is the center, it is the middle of the road)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist

Because
(a) he's a very good Senator (at least compared with 15 RINOs and 45 Democrats), and
(b) odds of him becoming President are not high, even if you put him in the top 3 contenders.
so we lose a senator but dont gain a president. nope, not a good tradeoff.


32 posted on 05/29/2006 9:55:50 AM PDT by WOSG (Do your duty, be a patriot, support our Troops - VOTE!)
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To: WOSG

Democrat Webb polls stronger against George Allen that Democrat Miller...therefore, Freepers, we need to vote MILLER in the June 13 Democrat primary.

VA is an open primary state....ALL registered voters can and should vote.


33 posted on 05/29/2006 12:01:51 PM PDT by Gopher Broke (I would rather hunt with Dick Cheney than ride with Teddy Kennedy)
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To: Gopher Broke

Also, Dem Harris Miller is a self-funding candidate which will trigger the millionaire's amendment under the campaign finance laws, thus raising the contribution limit for George Allen. Allen could potentially raise up to $12,600 per person or 6 times the regular contribution limit of $2,100 based upon how much Miller pumps into his own campaign.


34 posted on 05/30/2006 9:22:36 AM PDT by ReagansRaiders (Unofficial George Allen for President online store -- www.cafepress.com/georgeallen2008)
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To: new yorker 77

I thought it was spelled L-O-S-E-R, except here on Free Republic where the preference seems to be to spell it "L-O-O-S-E-R". ;)


35 posted on 05/30/2006 9:27:45 AM PDT by linda_22003
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