The Pentagon sought to make the 4,000th American death in Iraq a non-event, marking the milestone with an ambivalent truism: "Each soldier, Marine, sailor or airmen is equally precious, and each loss of life is equally tragic." Asked by ABC for his thoughts, Vice President Dick Cheney was matter of fact: "Sometimes you have to commit military force, and when you do, there are casualties." He acknowledged a "special burden" on military families, but reserved high honors for his boss: "The president...
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