“The Department of Defense has identified 1158 American service members who have died as a part of the Afghan war and related operations.”

          The above sentence appears someplace in your newspaper several times a month and will no doubt continue to do so in the ensuing months and years. The only part of it that will change is the number, which could exceed 1200 by the end of this month. It was 1132 on 7/1/10, 1095 on 6/16/10, so 63 died between mid-June and mid-July. At this rate, another 220 will die by Election Day for a total of 1378.

          Would that American voters could turn out the mindless hawks pursuing this folly but both parties support the “necessary war,” as Obama unwisely described it when he assumed the presidency.

          The longer the U.S. forces wallow in this quagmire, the more difficult it will be to extricate them.


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