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Has Everybody Forgotten Obama's War

by Ian R Thorpe In the rush to find an excuse for military intervention in Syria mainstream news media seem to have forgotten Obama's war in Afghanistan, the one he said would define his Presidency. Having just passed the grim milestone of 2000 American dead and with the allies no nearer to defeating the Taliban it does actually define Obama's years in power. Lost in the wilderness and going nowhere. Contact us:

The Slow Murder Of Democracy By Mainstream Media

by Ian R Thorpe

Has Everybody Forgotten Obama's War

by Ed Butt The American military machine has just chalked up the grim statistic of its 2,000th fatality since America troops first surged into Afganistan to defeat "insurgents" whose families had lived in that country for many generations. The invasion was justifed in the aftermath of September 11 by the myth that Afghanistan was a stronghold for Al Qaeda.

Given the amount of money Washington has pumped into this conflict, you would think the sad milestone might have merited some form of comment from the American president, particularly as soon after taking office her declared that Afghanistan would be his war and his victory and later he personally authorised the deployment of an extra 30,000 American combat troops two years ago in a last-ditch effort to beat the Taliban.

By the criteria one might also have expected Mitt Romney, the Republican challenger in November's Presidential election who is seeking to present himself as a safe pair of hands on national security issues, to seize an opportunity and articulate his own plans for the Afghan conflict, were he to win the election.

Such is the widespread unpopularity of the Afghan conflict now among American voters that neither candidate wants to get drawn on an issue which is unlikely to win the votes of any demographic. As a result the Afghan war has become the great non issue, the elephant in the room, that nobody could possibly be unaware of but that everybody is too embarrassed to mention. It is a situation which inspires little confidence in the ultimate fate of the conflict which is far from over.

The presidential candidates might not have any interest in what is going on in Afghanistan, but there are plenty of others who do, such as the Taliban, which is busily positioning itself to make a dramatic comeback once Nato's combat forces are withdrawn (or when they are vulnerable as withdrawal progresses) in two years time. And if that happens, whoever wins November's election will no longer have the luxury of ignoring Afghanistan's fate.

Afghanistan might be the issue they sweep under the carpet in 2012, but if they do it will be the decider in 2016.

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