When James Webb wrote "Women Can't Fight" for Washingtonian magazine in 1979, he initiated an assault that continues to the present day. The assault primarily is on women, but it extends much further. It is an assault on the Naval Academy and on the naval service. It is an assault on civilian control of the military and ultimately on the constitutional constraints that define the relation between citizen and soldier. His 1981 book, A Sense of Honor, continued to press certain elements of the assault. In particular, it decried congressional legislation regarding hazing. In an article entitled "The War on the Military Culture" in The Weekly Standard in January 1997, he returned again to some of the basic themes that have marked his writings over the years.
A Tangled Webb
By Colonel Paul E. Roush, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)