The political tactic of playing up the soldiers on the battlefield while tearing down the reputations of veterans who oppose them could eventually cost the Republicans dearly. It may be one reason that a preponderance of the Iraq war veterans who thus far have decided to run for office are doing so as Democrats.
That’s James Webb, Secretary of the Navy under President Reagan. He said this in the course of commenting on conservative "swift-boating" attacks on Vietnam War hero and Iraq War critic Sen. John Murtha. Full editorial here.