(Photo: Lucas Jackson / Reuters, file)
KABUL, Afghanistan — 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.
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I don’t normally commingle my Tumblr life with work (except when our server is acting up and I can’t Tumblr at work) but thought I would at least mention this.
The closest home this has hit is having one of my co-workers, an Army reservist, being called to duty last week. His not coming back, returning with parts missing, and/or mentally unstable I’m sure was probably in the back of all our minds. I can only hope that he does return safely. We had a brief celebration to honor him and his family for their sacrifices.
For posterity, Pete Smith, please stay out of harm’s way.