Afghanistan: America’s forgotten war

It was once President Barack Obama’s “war of necessity.” Now, it’s America’s forgotten war.

The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress – even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day.

Americans show more interest in the economy and taxes than the latest suicide bombings in a different, distant land. They’re more tuned in to the political ad war playing out on television than the deadly fight still raging against the Taliban. Earlier this month, protesters at the Iowa State Fair chanted “Stop the war!” They were referring to one purportedly being waged against the middle class.

By the time voters go to the polls Nov. 6 to choose between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the war will be in its 12th year. For most Americans, that’s long enough.

Public opinion remains largely negative toward the war, with 66 percent opposed to it and just 27 percent in favor in a May AP-GfK poll. More recently, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 60 percent of registered voters felt the U.S. should no longer be involved in Afghanistan. Just 31 percent said the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting there now.

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  • Carol-Christian Soldier

    It is time to bring them HOME!!!!

  • rodulfo-tardo

    moslem-brotherhood policy from the white-house sees no need for the war to become an issue, after all al-obama had ended this war,and had al-qaida on the run, but neglected to say where. does this qualify as collaboration with the enemy ? or could it just be marxist-jihadi justification for the elimination of the infidels ? when was the last war fought according to religious dictates ? how can the pentagon allow this islam-centric rules of engagement as legitimate ?