Last week, I wrote about the October 23, 1983 ,bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut.
This tragedy and the loss of 241 Marines and sailors was the direct result of Iranian efforts with assistance by Syria and Hezbollah.
Today, President Obama is placing his trust in the same thugs who committed this “despicable” act. When will we ever learn?
On December 19, 1983, the House Investigations Subcommittee – which investigated the truck bombing of the Marine compound – concluded that “very serious errors in judgment” by officers on the ground had left the Marines vulnerable to attack.
The panel said Col. Timothy J. Geraghty, the 24th Marine Amphibious Unit (MAU) commanding officer, “bears principal responsibility.”
The subcommittee also charged the Marine Corps Commandant General P.X. Kelley with giving inaccurate, erroneous and misleading testimony.
Other conclusions were that the gate outside the Marine compound “was most assuredly open that morning.” And that the sentries’ weapons were not loaded: the Marines were expecting a water truck that morning – not a stake-bed truck carrying the equivalent of 21,000 pounds of TNT.
Congressman Larry Hopkins of Kentucky stated, “The people in the Middle East have been fighting since the days of Abraham. Asking our Marines to stop the fighting there is like trying to change the course of Niagara Falls with a bucket.”
Four years later, the new Marine Commandant Al Gray recommended Col. Geraghty be promoted to Brigadier General.
The promotion request was denied by the 41-year-old Secretary of the Navy Jim Webb. Secretary Webb was not about to promote someone who had lost his command and the lives of 241 servicemen.
Today, Jim Webb is a Democrat candidate for president of the United States. He possesses all the attributes needed to run for the office – if only he will tell the truth about the party’s frontrunner Hillary Clinton. In Democrat circles, any Democrat – regardless of integrity and character – is preferred to a Republican. Jim Webb needs to change this mindset.
The Webb and Clinton stories are complete opposites.
In 1969, while the Clintons (in the words of Gunnery Sergeant Foley in the movie An Officer and a Gentlemen) were “listening to punk rock and bad mouthing the country,” Jim Webb was a Marine Corps infantry officer in Vietnam where he won the Navy Cross, Silver Star, two bronze stars and two Purple Heart medals.
He is a complete oddity in today’s Democrat Party that seems filled with misfits and takers.
Former Senator Webb opposed the toppling of Saddam Hussein and Muammar Gaddafi, both supported by Hillary Clinton, which have contributed to the chaos in the Middle East. He values the lives of those in combat because he has been there.
In his presidential announcement, Webb said “Our political leaders should have courage and the vision to say enough is enough, to stand up to the financial sector that has been growing ever more powerful in the impact of both parties.” Hillary Clinton on the other hand is not believable and is obsessed with money.
Mr. Webb also said, “We have the hardest working and most productive workforce in the world, but we need to remove obstacles facing working families.”
He also said, “I would not be the president to sign an executive order establishing a long-term relationship with Iran if it accepts Iran’s acquisition of nuclear weapons.” Mrs. Clinton favors the president’s Iranian nuclear pact.
Democrats have a clear choice for president if they will only take it.