But is it a case of too little, too late? James Webb, fellow Vietnam vet, fellow Vietnam war novelist, former Secretary of the Navy under Reagan, and a Republican, had a great op-ed piece in today's New York Times:
Military people past and present have good reason to wonder if the current administration truly values their service beyond its immediate effect on its battlefield of choice. The casting of suspicion and doubt about the actions of veterans who have run against President Bush or opposed his policies has been a constant theme of his career. This pattern of denigrating the service of those with whom they disagree risks cheapening the public's appreciation of what it means to serve, and in the long term may hurt the Republicans themselves.There's a lot more. Drop by and check it out. There's also an active thread on this piece over at the Daily Kos.
Let's hope that he is right, and that it does hurt the Republicans. Maybe then the cooler heads on the conservative side will prevail and they can wrest control of the GOP back from the religious fundos/neocon thugs/Mayberry Machiavellis that have seized control of it.
What I can't understand is why anyone with a half a brain and any sense of recent history can still be a Republican after what has happened to the party that used to stand for limited government, fiscal responsibility, and avoiding foreign entanglements.
I just don't get it.