Why I support James Webb
Virginia Democrat James H. Webb Jr.'s early warnings about invading Iraq are the main reason he has been so embraced by the liberal bloggers who started a draft movement to get him into the race. Maryland candidate Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin was one of 133 House members who voted against the original resolution authorizing President Bush to take action -- and he might be the most conservative on the issue among Democrats seeking to replace retiring Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes (D).I do not identify myself with the so-called liberal blogosphere, though I am a liberal and a blogger.
I believe James Webb's bid for a Senate seat can be a crucial vehicle for a robust foreign policy debate. For too long, this administration has dictated a foreign policy monologue to the American people. Their ill-conceived ambitions have lead to great suffering. Prominent conservatives have broken ranks with the administration.
My thoughts on Iraq have shifted dramatically as I blog on news coverage. It is my belief that any force in the region beyond those outlined by Jack Murtha do more harm than good.
The Iraqi insurgency is consistently estimated in the 15,000 to 20,000 range, and may actually be far larger. Though the American military has inflicted tremendous casualties on the fighters, attacks remain consistent in number and effect. The ultimate question in this conflict must be: are we creating more harm than good for America and for Iraqis?
If we were to kill more insurgents than we create, we could justify a period of high-activity in the country. We cannot assert this based on the numbers, though.
American forces are necessary to assist the Iraqi government forces for some time to come, in air power and logistics. However, current force strength in the country is insufficient for a counter insurgency and yet too large for our own good.
In the monologue of the past few years, George Bush has dictated policy. Senator Allen, Webb's rival, has concurred. Webb's candidacy in the commonwealth of Virginia could be a crucial step toward a better American foreign policy.
Lastly, I have and will continue to put my money where my keyboard is.