Friday, October 27, 2006

Patriotic License

The Moose offers his two cents on the latest Allen-Webb controversy.

This is truly the silly season in American politics. Wake the Moose when it is over.

The latest brouhaha centers over some lurid passages in novels that Jim Webb penned a while back. While the Moose has some differences over Webb's policy views, he has long been a fan of Webb's writings. He writes as a Marine who was there. His writing is vivid and an expression of someone who has fought and defended this great country. Webb is entitled to patriotic license.

In the past, other public figures and politicians, including Lynne Cheney and Newt Gingrich have also written novels with racy scenes. The books were quickly forgotten.

In contrast, Jim Webb has written at least one classic about war that will long be read and remembered. In another age, Webb would be celebrated for his literary talent rather than attacked for it.

Jim Webb, thank you for your service to our country. And Senator Allen should call off his minions for this puerile attack. It is even beneath him.
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