According to these CNN election exit polls, people who serve in the military voted 57% - 41% for Bush. Bush, of course, appoints a SecDefense who pulls this:
"Why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap metal and compromised ballistic glass to up-armor our vehicles?" Wilson asked, setting off what the Associated Press described as "a big cheer" from his comrades in arms.
Rumsfeld paused, asked Wilson to repeat the question, then finally replied, "You go to war with the army you have." Besides, he added, "You can have all the armor in the world on a tank and it can be blown up."
Why are Dems considered soft on defense? In the last 20 years republican presidents killed a lot more American soldiers than democrats did. Could you imagine a Clinton SecDefense saying something like this? Les Aspine, Clinton's first SecDefense, resigned over the fight that went bad in Somalia which cost 19 American lives. Well, it's 1,276 lives and counting and ... nothing. Why do vets support these guys?