He had been overwhelmingly elected. Messages of sympathy poured in, but they couldn't help ... nothing could.
ny men, Mr. President, how many men, young and healthy, left for that police action? Do you know?" His hoarse voice rose. "Four came back ... but can any of you gentlemen tell me how many left?"
"That's enough," the Manager of Defense said. At his signal, two of the honor guards gently took hold of the veteran's arms and walked him out of the room along with the others.
"I order that he not be punished," Wong said sharply.
"He won't be," the Manager of Defense said. "Do you take me for a barbarian? I had hoped, though, that your interest might change their attitude. As you can imagine, it's raising hell with the morale of the recruits."
"By the way," the President asked, "where is Veganea, and how many men did we send there?"
"It's about twenty-four years away, near Vega. The action started before my time and I don't know how many men were involved--probably not more than a few million. The Police Action ended successfully, but our ships were in the first w
(1953) Sci-fi (Future Society)
From 'Galaxy Science Fiction' November 1953.
The larger the empire, the more strain there is on the poor bastard stuck running things.
The writing is just okay, the characters are kind of flat, but it's short and amusing.