Well, we could call it a win, that America doesn’t talk about the war against terror, I suppose, because complacency comes from a sense of security and no one is really worried about terrorist attacks, well, unless you live in DC near the Family Research Council, or go to the movies in Colorado or to Temple in Wisconsin. But the war that is still raging in Afghanistan has fallen off the public’s radar according to this article in the Associated Press;
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.
If there weren’t still Americans dying everyday, I’d say “Good!” But it only shows the disconnect between Americans and the people who keep them safe. The majority of Americans have no skin in the game. While people with kids, husbands, wives in the military are looking at the end of the war in Afghanistan in 2014 means at least one more deployment, the rest of the country sees it as light at the end of the tunnel and they’re relieved. And, like South Vietnam, and now Iraq, the public won’t go back to save even one person in Afghanistan after the withdrawal is complete. The media and this administration has programmed them for it and that’s what they expect.
Candidate Obama promised to refocus America’s resources on Afghanistan. But by the time President Obama sent 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in December 2009, years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan had drained Western resources and sapped resolve to build a viable Afghan state.
And over time, his administration has grown weary of trying to tackle Afghanistan’s seemingly intractable problems of poverty and corruption. The American people have grown weary too.
Yeah, but Obama’s generals and the CIA told him that if he didn’t send at least 60,000 troops to Afghanistan in 2009, the surge would fail to have an impact on the enemy, and he didn’t listen, so we have the mess there that we have now and because the public is weary of hearing about it, we have to withdraw. The war in Iraq didn’t sap resources and resolve, Afghanistan was Obama’s to lose and he did. While we should have been talking about the war and the surge, instead we were talking about health care and tax hikes.
Joe Biden’s robot ninja zombie strategy disconnected us even more from the war. Fewer people were engaged with the enemy, and yeah, we got bin Laden – good job – but the Left told us during the Bush years that getting bin Laden wouldn’t end the war, but here they are telling us it’s over. And, surprise! It’s in an election year.