James Webb is a successful author, lawyer, former Marine infantry officer, and graduate of the US Naval Academy class of 1968. In addition to his service in combat during the Vietnam war, he has a track record of civilian public service as an Assistant Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy during the Reagan Administration and a six-year term as a Senator from Virginia. He was elected to office in 2006 after running a dark-horse campaign that started just 9 months before the election with a 30% deficit in the polls compared to the incumbent he ran against.
He is a citizen-solider-public servant. He is not a professional politician or member of the permanent Washington establishment.
In November 2014, Webb announced that he was forming an exploratory effort to determine if he should run for President of the United States.
I’ve decided to post his introductory video here because I’ve met the man a couple of times at events associated with two of my former employers — the US Navy and B&W mPower, Inc. — and because he is unabashed in his support for nuclear energy. It’s clear that the commercial media will focus on people who have more money to spend, so his candidacy is a natural topic for a nuclear energy-focused blog that is not supported by ads.
Webb wrote “A Sense of Honor.” He has lived by the sense of personal honor and integrity instilled in him while growing up in the Appalachian region, attending the US Naval Academy and serving his country both in and out of uniform. His candidacy will be worth watching, especially if you have developed the sense that the USA is adrift and in need of strong leadership that recognizes the value of cooperation and teamwork.