In a stinging Democratic Party response to President Bush’s State of the Union address, freshman Sen. James Webb of Virginia said Bush “took us into this war recklessly” and “we are now as a nation held hostage to the predictable and predicted disarray that has followed.”

Webb, whose Marine son is serving in Iraq, said Bush has lost the support of the majority of the country and the military.

Webb called for “not one step back from the war against international terrorism, not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos, but an immediate shift toward strong, regionally based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq’s cities and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq.”

The Democratic-led Senate and House of Representatives plan to pass nonbinding resolutions opposing the president’s troop buildup, but as of now they aren’t threatening to withhold funding for it.

Before Webb was a Vietnam War hero, or President Reagan’s Navy secretary, or a best-selling author, or the Republican-turned-Democrat who beat Sen. George Allen last year to give Democrats the last seat they needed to take control of the Senate, he was a boxer at the U.S. Naval Academy.

On Tuesday night, he delivered his harshest blows against the war in Iraq.

But he also jabbed at other openings, saying that now that Democrats control Congress for the first time in Bush’s presidency, they’ll hold him to deliver on promises to improve public education, health care, the plight of Hurricane Katrina survivors and economic conditions for the working class.

Invoking the legacies of two past Republican presidents — Theodore Roosevelt for taking on corporate robber barons and Dwight D. Eisenhower for ending the Korean War — Webb challenged Bush to follow their examples.

“If he does, we will join him,” he said. “If he does not, we will be showing him the way.”


  1. Let’s not insult each other. I don’t agree with with everything Sandy Price has to say, but if I disagree strongly enough I will post an alternative idea or discuss the reasons I disagree. It doesn’t help any of us to direct invective at each other. We have a larger problem on our hands.

  2. There’s something weird that happened in my last post. Upon posting mine it changed the “Posted by” of the previous post to my name instead.

    Web page or browser problem?
    I am using Mozilla 5.0/FireFox

  3. Excellent rebuttal speech. Among the best in my memory, Sen. Webb. You actually looked like you meant it.

    The worst was last year when the Dem governor of Virgina (can’t remember his name but ?). That guy looked and talked exactly like an old medicine show salesman. Just give ’em a handlebar mustache and a top-hat.

    Webb mentioned something near the beginning of his speech that just wasn’t mentioned by Bu$h in his. It was NEW ORLEANS! Guess ole ‘W’ doesn’t want us to remember that one.

    I want the citizens of New Orleans to know that I personally feel they were shafted by ‘W’ in his speech, not to mention before.

    He shows no interest and no capability of knowing what to do about Katrina rebuilding. All his minions know how to do is spend/take the money and not show anything for it.

    Lebanon will be rebuilt before New Orleans.

  4. I note that Sandy Price lists “corporations” first in a list of entities out of which government needs to stay. That says more about Sandy Price than anything else said.

  5. Great speech! He delivered a clear message to Bush, and he did it well. I think we’re going to see lots more of Senator Webb and I’m glad he’s on our side.

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