This story doesn't need a lot of preface — the quote speaks pretty loudly for itself. On ABC News last night, Vice President Dick Cheney said this of the milestone 4,000 US deaths in Iraq, and the burden faced by military families:
"The president carries the biggest burden, obviously. He's the one who has to make the decision to commit young Americans, but we are fortunate to have a group of men and women, the all-volunteer force, who voluntarily put on the uniform and go in harm's way for the rest of us."
Cheney was then asked about the phenomenon of multiple redeployments as part of the "stop-loss" strategy calling into question the "all-volunteer" portion of his statement. After some prickly back-and-forth Cheney said, "Look, there are a lot of people out there, Martha, that don't agree with me about a lot of things, but if I wanted to be loved, I'd ought to be a TV correspondent, not a politician."
Well. He will be looking for a job in January. . .
Does Cheney make a valid point?