Why aren’t we debating the Afghan war in this presidential election?

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 at 11:29 am

You know what’s stunning? Listening to America’s political discourse these days you’d hardly know that the country is in a deadly war, night and day, still fighting the longest continuous combat in its entire history.

Here’s what President Obama had to say in Reno about the war:

“We promised to blunt the momentum of the Taliban and then start turning over security responsibilities to the Afghans so we can start bringing our troops home. We are keeping these promises because of the tremendous sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. So, today, all of our troops are out of Iraq, and we are winding down the war in Afghanistan.” Sixty-three words out of about 3,400.

This is a presidential election year, a time when we cement or re-set the nation’s direction for four long years. We’re finishing four long years under a president who escalated the conflict. Obama was so strongly opposed to President Bush’s 2007 troop surge in Iraq that Obama ordered two of his own troop surges in Afghanistan. And takes credit for the Iraq drawdown.

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