. . . Tuesday April 27, 2004

Not Ample Enough

Dick Cheney…

Yesterday: “The senator from Massachusetts has given us ample grounds to doubt the judgment and the attitude he brings to bear on vital issues of national security.”

1989: “I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.”

And during his Sec of Defense Senate confirmation hearings: “[I] would have been obviously happy to serve had I been called.”

I personally think the tit for tat on the Vietnam service issue (while being reignited by the Bush team) is probably a bit overdone – although Kerry should be able to kill it fairly easily. And I’d rather focus on the Bush/Cheney behavior, say, when it comes to the war we are in right now. In other words, I’m more interested in misleading comments that send others to war than misleading comments that keep an individual out of war.

But I do think it is important that a guy who has been Secretary of Defense, and without whose influence there is no way that more than 100,000 U.S. troops would be in Iraq right now, has at least a hint of reality in his comments regarding the issue of war.

So here’s a quick overview. No one in the history of warfare has been “obviously happy” to get drafted and then to be sent away from their loved ones and into the line of fire. Willing? Sure. Proud? Absolutely. Driven? Why not. Obviously happy? This guy’s got no idea of what it’s like to be on the other side of these decisions.

Concentration is important!