Jim Webb’s well-timed book tour has made him “one of the veep candidates of choice for the liberal intelligentsia” according to Greg Sargent at TPM. In the flood of blog posts about Webb, his experience as an Emmy-award winning reporter for the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHours is rarely mentioned. Robert Timberg discussed Webb the journalist in his 1996 book The Nighingale’s Song.
Webb’s  report from Beirut, which lasted barely seven minutes, was awarded an Emmy. It was his first foray into television. He would later say that the lesson of Lebanon was: “Never get involved in a five-sided argument that’s been going on for two thousand years.”
According to Timberg, Webb was in agreement with then-Rep. John McCain:
John McCain wasn’t buying anything coming out of the White House about Lebanon…”The fundamental question is, What is the United States’ interest in Lebanon? It is said we are there to keep the peace. I ask, What peace? It is said we are there to aid the government. I ask, What government? It is said we are there to stabilize the region. I ask, How can the U.S. presence stabilize the region?