Magazine article The American Conservative

Allen Wrench

Magazine article The American Conservative

Allen Wrench

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The Republican cheering section at FreeRepublic.com couldn't possibly have known who they were calling a "candy a**" when they took aim at James Webb for his opposition to the Iraq War. The Naval Academy graduate was first in his class at the Marine Corps officers' school in Quantico and earned the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts in Vietnam. He went on to serve as President Reagan's secretary of the Navy, write six bestsellers, teach literature, win an Emmy, produce movies, and shows no signs of slowing. Last week, Webb announced that he will run as a Democrat for the Virginia Senate seat held by GOP darling George Alien.

According to Webb, the invasion of Iraq was "one of the most ill-advised and reckless actions that the US government has ever taken." Opposition to imperial adventuring along with "reinstituting notions of true fairness in American society"-Webb has written that affirmative action amounts to "a permeating state-sponsored racism that is as odious as the Jim Crow laws it sought to countermand"-and "reining in the unbridled power of the Presidency" form the backbone of his campaign. …

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