"The war's costs to our nation have been staggering," he said. "Financially. The damage to our reputation around the world. The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism, and especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve."
Then Mr Webb went for the jugular, calling on Mr Bush to embark on a new programme of diplomacy to try to bring the war to an end. "The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military," he said. "We need a new direction."