April 9, 2007
Junior Virginia Senator Jim Webb spoke for over an hour to a political science class with topics ranging from his experiences in his first year to the struggling justice system. But as is usually the case, the main focus was the War in Iraq.
The Senator addressed the standing room only crowd and said Iraq will never enjoy any peace or stability until the U.S. withdraws. He said right now we are occupying Iraq and that should not be our intentions. Senator Webb said Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice is doing a better job moving diplomatic measures forward but Iran and Syria need to be included in the talks to make the peace process work.
"There is a diplomatic process that is in its incipient stages right now. But there is no requirement that all the troops be pulled out by a certain timeline like a lot of people have been saying. I don't agree with that. I do agree that we need to get more diplomacy into place and start getting our troops out," said Webb, (D) Virginia.
Besides the war, Webb talked about the economic disparity in corporate America between CEO's and the workforce. He also said he is looking into ways to try to fix the ailing criminal justice system.