I seriously differ with you, gop_jeff, on a number of points that you've made here but the one that strikes me as the most inaccurate is the last that you attempt to make. There were no "cushy" gigs in Viet Nam. Some more comfortable, I guess you could say, but none were cushy. Even the photographer/journalist gig that Gore had was pretty damn miserable and doubly dangerous as his face was in his camera or on his journal whilst the firepower was going on around him. Check the records. Photo/journalists and medics really got the wrong end of the deal in Viet Nam. There were, however, cushy gigs during that time and they were not located in Viet Nam. Some were found in Fort Worth, Texas and it was widely known then, amongst the political elite, that only the politically connected were considered for those war jamms. I guess Al could've got one of those but he enlisted although he was qualified for an officer's position and he let the chips fall where they may. Even then I think he could've avoided the Viet Nam thing altogether but he didn't. He went unashamed and without fear and without political interference. It would certainly be nice to know that our present CiC was so brave and would've shunned his available political connections. But that is not the case, now is it?