Jim Webb makes some excellent points in this NY Times op-ed. People can criticize Kerry and Murtha regarding their policy, but questioning their records will come back to bite Republicans/conservatives, especially those who haven’t served, on the ass.
Jim is a thoughtful critic of the war. He is a bonafide war hero–his Navy Cross could just as easily have been a Medal of Honor. He has fought hard for the dignity of Vietnam veterans. Indeed, no one has done more to counter popular misconceptions about those who served in Vietnam than he has. He was an assistant secretary of defense and Secretary of the navy under Reagan. He is certainly no Bush hater. Although we differ on the war, I am proud to call him a friend and a fellow Marine. Supporters of the administration ignore his advice at their peril.