Jim Webb is Trying to Make 2016 Interesting for the Democrats

A Media Wrap Up

By  USDR.

Another candidate for the White House?  Will, at least this time it is a Democrat.  In fact, the Democrats have needed to add some interest to a “race” to the nomination that seemed to resemble a coronation. James Webb (D-VA), is a former Navy Captain and a genuine war hero, earning the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star (2), and the Purple Heart (2).  He also served as an Assistant Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Navy, and most recently as a US Senator representing the state of  Virginia.

It seems all of the candidates are trying to get clever in their announcements. Webb was a little old school in his (by modern technology standards), actually making his intentions known via a 2,000 word blog post. Below are his announcement, and the way it was assessed by some in the  media.

Jim Web’s Blog Announcement

Dear  friends:

After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United  States.

I understand the odds, particularly in today’s political climate where fair debate is so often drowned out by huge sums of money. I know that more than one candidate in this process intends to raise at least a billion dollars – some estimates run as high as two billion dollars – in direct and indirect financial support. Highly paid political consultants are working to shape the “messaging” of every major  candidate.

But our country needs a fresh approach to solving the problems that confront us and too often unnecessarily divide us. We need to shake the hold of these shadow elites on our political process. Our elected officials need to get back to the basics of good governance and to remember that their principal obligations are to protect our national interests abroad and to ensure a level playing field here at home, especially for those who otherwise have no voice in the corridors of power. And at the same time our fellow Americans need proven, experienced leadership that can be trusted to move us forward from a new President’s first days in  office.

I believe I can offer  both.

37We all want the American dream – unending opportunity at the top if you put things together and you make it, absolute fairness along the way, and a safety net underneath you if you fall on hard times or suffer disability or as you reach your retirement years. That’s the American Trifecta — opportunity, fairness, and security. It’s why people from all over the world do whatever they can to come here. And it’s why the rest of us love this country and our way of  life.

More than anything else, Americans want their leaders to preserve that dream, for all of us and not for just a  few.

We need a President who understands leadership, who has a proven record of actual accomplishments, who can bring about bipartisan solutions, who can bring people from both sides to the table to get things done. And that leader needs to gather the great minds of our society and bring them into a new Administration and give them direction and ask them to help us solve the monumental challenges that face  us.

What should you ask for in your next  President?

First, there is no greater responsibility for our President than the vital role of Commander in  Chief.

2I have spent my entire life in and around the American military. I grew up in a military family. I fought as a Marine rifle platoon and company commander on the battlefields of Vietnam. I spent five years in the Pentagon, four of them as an assistant secretary of defense and secretary of the navy. I covered our military on many journalistic assignments, including the Marine Corps deployment to Beirut in 1983 and as an “embed” reporter in Afghanistan in 2004. And while in the Senate I spent six years on both the Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Relations  Committee.

Let me assure you, as President I would not have urged an invasion of Iraq, nor as a Senator would I have voted to authorize it. I warned in writing five months before that invasion that we do not belong as an occupying power in that part of the world, and that this invasion would be a strategic blunder of historic proportions, empowering Iran and in the long run China, unleashing sectarian violence inside Iraq and turning our troops into terrorist  targets.

I would not have been the President who used military force in Libya during the Arab Spring. I warned repeatedly that this use of our military did not meet the test of a grave national security interest, that it would have negative implications for the entire region, and that no such action should take place without the approval of the Congress. The leadership… (read  more)

CNN: Jim Webb Launches Longshot 2016  Run

Fox News: The Presidential Contenders: Jim  Webb

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