It never seems to end in Afghanistan -- now the longest war in our nation's history. It never ceases to amaze us -- the twists and turns, the corruption, the backstabbing, the incompetence in, by and of that country and its leaders.
Why do we have a campaign focusing all their attention on esoteric, confusing, and misleading arguments about budget plans, medicaid plans, education and the like, but nobody is talking about this horrendous war killing and maiming our young people?
I have expressed increased concerns about our continued "involvement" in Afghanistan. I have mourned our casualties and fretted about our huge financial costs. But -- perhaps insensitively so -- I have not mentioned much about the suffering of the Afghan people.
As we approach the ten-year anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, we are seeing lots of estimates on the costs of America's wars waged in the last decade. Yet most of them miss the big picture.