Tag Archives: Jim Webb

Lift Ban On Alcohol In Combat Zones?

Senator Jim Webb of Virginia is unlike most members of Congress, at least in this era, because he actually served in combat rather than talk bravely about it as is so common among those who expound and boast on Fox News. Webb is currently overseeing a Senate panel that deals with personnel policies for members of the armed forces and he has become concerned about the rising rate of stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. A recent study by the Military Times revealed that many in combat zones were resorting to anti-depressants and other drugs in order to mentally survive. As Webb notes, “We do have a really stressed force.”

Among the alternatives that Webb is investigating is whether it is time to lift the ban on alcohol and allow moderate amounts to those who would seek pills in order to relax. Historically, members of the armed forces drank -and swore– and engaged in other activities that are currently unavailable in Muslim nations.

Need To Change Burma Policy?

Senator Jim Webb completed his trip to Burma to secure the release of an obviously mentally ill man named John Yettaw who swam across a lake in order to enter the home of imprisoned Burmese leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi. Although Mr. Yettaw flew away to freedom in America, Ms. Suu Kyi remains under house arrest. Senator Webb had an opportunity to speak with Burmese leader, Senior General Than Shwe. Months ago, President Obama extended a ban on US investment in Burma as part of American strategy of maintaining an embargo on any relations with the thugs who currently rule Myanmar.

Derek Tonkin, who chairs the Myanmar Network, spoke with Webb about his views on Burma. “His view is that sanctions have been harmful. He believes the policy has had the opposite outcome than was intended. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton insists improved relations will only occur if Burmese leaders release dissidents.

I have supported the sanction policy, but Jim Webb deserves to have his ideas explored. There is no evidence sanctions have worked so wha tis wrong with examining new approaches to the Burmese government?

Tone Down War Rhetoric, Mr President, Urge Democrat Senators

A group of 30 Democratic senators led by former Vietnam War veteran, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, urged President Bush to tone down his threats about war with Iran. The senators reminded the president that Congress had not authorized any military action against Iran and economic sanctions imposed by the Republican administration and “provocative” statements by Bush and other administration officials were “counterproductive and undermine efforts to resolve tensions with Iran through diplomacy.” They pledged cooperation in working with the Bush administration to safeguard the United States and promote regional peace and security in the Middle East without need of war. Two presidential candidates, Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Chris Dodd, were among those signing the letter.

This is a much needed action on the part of Congress to reduce tensions in the Middle East. The United Nations is attempting to work through diplomatic channels in order to resolve issues dealing with nuclear development on the part of Iran. The UN deserves an opportunity to attain peaceful resolution of the problem. One can only assume that President Bush has forgotten the last time he refused allowing the UN to solve the problem of Saddam Hussein’s famous WMD. The world and 3,800 dead American soldiers know the result of his refusal to work cooperatively in peaceful negotiation. George Bush so enjoys playing to the grandstand of emotions that he fails to act in his role as president of this nation whose sworn duty is maintaining peace and security of the people.