August 10, 2015

They said Jim Webb was wrong when he didn't support invading Iraq. They said he was wrong when he wanted to include Burma (Myanmar) into the international community. They said he was wrong to question the Arab Spring. They said he was wrong to oppose a Libyan intervention. But boy, was he spot on: so naturally his opposition to the widely supported Iran Deal must therefore be right. Wrong. Opposing peace is never the right way to go.

Walking away from this deal is a very bad idea, just ask a widely respected cache of scientists, Noble Laureates and the designer of the first H Bomb. Just ask the brilliant nuclear physicist and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

So Webb goes to Tucker Carlson on Fox 'News' to plead his case for his run for POTUS, 2016. Of course he does, he's not all that offended by the Confederate Flag, he's an ardent supporter of dirty coal energy and is opposed to affirmative action. Hell, he was a Republican up until his 2006 race against Macaca-gaffe maker, George Allen. He was Reagan's Secretary of the Navy!

Why does Webb oppose the Iran Deal? He thinks it will lead to the inevitable Iranian acquisition of the 'bomb' and it is far more dangerous than the Soviet Union was in the 80's. He ignores the fact that the deal is designed to bring Iran into the International Community, much like Myanmar, and is the best way to guarantee they are not developing a nefarious nuclear program.

Webb is enigmatic: he's been hawkish at times and very reasonable at other points. He hasn't been a big friend to Israel, so it seems his allegiance to the hardliner Republicans is merely a residual affect of his conservative past. He really doesn't give a rational reason why he opposes the deal, other than he is buying the lies of the Israeli Right's campaign to defeat the P5+1 Deal.

Tucker brought up his opposition to Affirmative Action, to appeal to the perceived marginalization of white men, popular with the Fox crowd. He's said,

'(some of the) poorest counties in America–who happen to be more than 90 percent white, and who live in the reality that ‘if you’re poor and white you’re out of sight.’

Since his June 2, 2015 announcement, Webb hasn't really taken off among Democrats, polling at lower than 2%, and an appearance with Tucker Carlson certainly isn't going to help him much with his 'party.'

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