01/09/2010 02:46 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Buffered From Afghanistan's Stark Costs

The clip above is one of several excellent news clips done by Al Jazeera English's Clayton Swisher. As i was watching this, I realized that Americans hardly see images form the field and front lines in Afghanistan.

Americans don't feel directly the financial costs of the war. They don't pay a direct tax to support the more than $100 billion a year effort (after the surge is in place), and the US still has a volunteer army -- so the impact that might have been felt by society from a large scale draft is not there.

America is engaged in big time, significant, long wars with a light footprint on the American psyche.

I think that Swisher's video clips are a small but important corrective. We need to see more of what is happening in Afghanistan.

We need to pay for wars we engage in -- not just leave the debts of conflict to the next generation. We need to feel the real sacrifices involved with what has become for too many a casual game.

-- Steve Clemons publishes the popular political blog, The Washington Note. Clemons can be followed on Twitter @SCClemons

Update: Here are video clips from Swisher's series on Afghanistan following the one above.

Marines Hunt Elusive Foes in Helmand:

Afghan Training a Challenge for US Marines:

Transporting US Wounded in Helmand:

-- Steve Clemons