He's still kicking ass
in the senate. Now he's trying to pass a bill specifically stating that Bush does not have the authority to unilaterally attack Iran, because apparently, they won't say that isn't their plan.
"On the one hand, the Administration assures us that it has no intention of launching military operations against Iran. On the other, the Administration tells us that all options remain on the table, at a time when our military buildup in the region continues to grow rapidly. And while we see encouraging new diplomatic initiatives with respect to Iraq, it is important that we clarify, formally, the perimeter of our immediate military interests in the Middle East.
"It is time, Mr. President, that we move forward to end our military involvement in Iraq, and the path to doing so is not to widen the war into Iran. Proper, robust diplomacy will enable us to bring greater stability to the region, to remove the American military from Iraq, to increase our ability to defeat the forces of international terrorism, and, finally, to focus on the true strategic challenges that face us around the world.
"Mr. President, during our recent hearings on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I asked both the Secretary of State and the Deputy Secretary of State for clarification of this paragraph in the President's signing statement. My question was whether this Administration believes it has the authority to conduct unilateral military operations against Iran in the absence of a direct attack or a compelling, immediate threat without the consent of the Congress. Both wrote me lengthy letters in reply, but neither could give me a clear responses. The situation that we now face is that the Administration repeatedly states that it seeks no war with Iran, at the same time it claims the authority to begin one, and at the same time it continues a military buildup in the region.
"The legislation I introduce today is intended to clarify this ambiguity. In so doing, the Congress will be properly restating its constitutional relationship with the executive branch. The Congress will be reinstituting its historical role as it relates to the conduct of foreign policy. And the Congress will be reassuring the American people that there will be no more shooting from the hip when it comes to the gravely serious question of when we send our military people into harm's way.
I feel embarrassed to have doubted this guy since he seemed to have mostly Republican credentials. It turns out though, he's a patriot.
Labels: Jim Webb
Can I tell you how good it is that instead of having a Virginia senator that is a national embarrassment, we have one who wins national praise
and is a beacon to other democrats?
I'm starting to really love Webb. He was a little stiff, true, and he isn't a star at reading a teleprompter, but who cares?
Our state does better and better with each election, we move further and further out of the dark ages (at least with national representatives, our state reps are a whole different nightmare of racism and anti-contraception insanity). Now all we have to do is get rid of Virgil "Fear all Muslims" Goode, and replace John Warner with someone more of Webb's stature in the next race (word is Warner will retire which I might have been sad about if he hadn't bent over for Bush on torture). Maybe we could replace him with Mark Warner? Or even Chuck Robb again.
Labels: Democrats, Jim Webb
Our Senator from Virginia
You know, I wasn't too hot on Webb when he was running against George Allen, mainly I just wanted someone who would beat that bigot into the ground.
But since he's won I'm really starting to love
the guy. Between his WSJ op-ed
and snubbing Bush
I figured I was really wrong about this guy.
Now reading about how he's kicking ass in the armed services committee? Damn I love my new senator from Virginia
. This guy is going to be a complete terror for all the Republicans and Neocons who have been supporting this war. Here he is in the Senate Armed Services Committee, calling the assholes on their bullshit:
I also want to say something about my longtime friend, Senator McCain's comments when he was talking about the consequences of pulling out of Iraq and in your statement, Secretary Gates, you list some of these as an emboldened and strengthened Iran, a base of operations for jihadist networks in the heart of the Middle East, an undermining of the credibility of the United States. In many ways, quite frankly, those have been the results of the invasion and occupation. There's really nothing that's occurred since the invasion and occupation that was not predictable and in fact, most of it was predicted. It was predicted in many cases by people with long backgrounds in national security...and in many cases there were people who saw their military careers destroyed and who were personally demeaned by people who opposed them on the issues, including members of this administration. And they are people in my judgement, who will be remembered in history as having had a moral conscience.
Go Jim Webb!
Labels: heroes, Jim Webb