Thursday, September 28, 2006

He Just Doesn't Get It

Another condemning op-ed, this time from conservative National Review Online.

It seems the good ol' boys don't want Allen to slam Webb from the right; and the condemning column is useful to show how Allen's henchmen will say ANYTHING to win a race, including mischaracterizing Webb's words in the much-talked about article of 1979 where Webb questioned whether women were ready to hold leadership positions in combat or not.

"Remember Tailhook," the campaign literature heralds, according to the column that "featur[es] black-and-white images of young women who look like rape victims...[I]nside is a quasi-feminist attack on Jim Webb for having the guts to stand up for the Navy during one of its darkest political hours."

Howling Latina can discern Allen's desperate campaign strategy: strip away the female vote from Webb, especially in Northern Virginia. But with Allen's rubberstamp support of Bush's disastrous Iraq war policies and women reproductive rights in danger, the only thing that Allen's campaign accomplishes is to piss off core supporters.

Conservatives don't want Allen to "make the case that Webb is too "insensitive" for Virginia -- but rather that he's too "liberal."

Did you see this? Please explain.

Webb points fake gun at random black people: Must see story in Washington Post.

Dan Cragg, a former acquaintance of Webb's, said that Webb would hop into their cars, and would go down to Watts with these buddies of his," Cragg said Webb told him. "They would take the rifles down there. They would call then [epithets], point the rifles at them, pull the triggers and then drive off laughing."
At least five witnesses confirm that Allen used the N-word during his college years and later; all extremely credible witnesses with one even confirming the deer story --- even if he couldn't back up that the mailbox was that of a black family.

On the other side of the ledger, one lonely false witness miraculously coming forward at the behest of the Allen campaign with notes of the interview that DO NOT include ANY condemning notes of the charges.

Moreover, Allen has a long racist history. Webb, on the other hand, defended pro bono a black soldier who'd been charged with war crimes in Vietnam. He also was instrumental in seeing that the statue of a black soldier was included in the Vietnam War Memorial.

So who are you going to believe, someone under the gun fighting for his political life who hasn't been seen since Monday where a growing list of witnesses testify that he's lying, he did use the N-word throughout his entire life; and yes, he also stuffed a deer in a black family's mailbox; the man hwo claims he has no idea where the word "macaca" came from, even though it's a racial slur used in his mother's native land; the guy who lied about his Jewish heritage until it became untenable; the guy who claims he kept a noose in his office as a Western motif; the guy who wore a Confederate lapel on his shirt in high school, including his high-school senior class picture; the guy who supported the Vietnam War but never had the balls to enlist and instead spent his summers at a due ranch; or the guy with a chest full of medals from Vietnam where was a Marine, not some pussy sailor like Kerry; the man whose son right now is in Iraq fighting this crazy war he opposed from the get-go in spite of the war bandwagon at the time; the guy who resigned from the Reagan administration after nearly four years -- not 10 months like Allen claims in his ads -- because he refused to be a part of cutbacks for the men in the Navy; the guy who has lived his entire life with honor and pride?

It's no contest.

Now here's the citation for the Navy Cross Jim Webb received on July 10, 1969.

"The Navy Cross is presented to James H. Webb, Jr., First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), Fleet Marine Force, in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 10 July 1969, while participating in a company-sized search and destroy operation deep in hostile territory, First Lieutenant Webb's platoon discovered a well-camouflaged bunker complex which appeared to be unoccupied. Deploying his men into defensive positions, First Lieutenant Webb was advancing to the first bunker when three enemy soldiers armed with hand grenades jumped out. Reacting instantly, he grabbed the closest man and, brandishing his .45 caliber pistol at the others, apprehended all three of the soldiers. Accompanied by one of his men, he then approached the second bunker and called for the enemy to surrender. When the hostile soldiers failed to answer him and threw a grenade which detonated dangerously close to him, First Lieutenant Webb detonated a claymore mine in the bunker aperture, accounting for two enemy casualties and disclosing the entrance to a tunnel. Despite the smoke and debris from the explosion and the possibility of enemy soldiers hiding in the tunnel, he then conducted a thorough search which yielded several items of equipment and numerous documents containing valuable intelligence data. Continuing the assault, he approached a third bunker and was preparing to fire into it when the enemy threw another grenade. Observing the grenade land dangerously close to his companion, First Lieutenant Webb simultaneously fired his weapon at the enemy, pushed the Marine away from the grenade, and shielded him from the explosion with his own body. Although sustaining painful fragmentation wounds from the explosion, he managed to throw a grenade into the aperture and completely destroy the remaining bunker. By his courage, aggressive leadership, and selfless devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Webb upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service."
H.L. you rule.
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