President Barack Obama meets with Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the Commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, aboard Air Force One in Copenhagen, Denmark on Oct. 2, 2009. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)It’s been eight years since we invaded Afghanistan under the belief that we would rouse the Taliban from power, then kill or capture members of al-Qaeda, who were responsible for the Sept. 11th attacks. It’s mind-boggling that we’re still there, but when you consider that Afghanistan was all but discarded for a boondoggle in Iraq, it’s easy to see how Afghanistan became the Forgotten War.
Afghanistan has been a long, slow bleed-and-burn that fewer and fewer Americans have the stomach for as more and more people have forgotten why we invaded in the first place. In a recent Gallup poll, 50 percent of Americans said they were against President Obama sending more troops to Afghanistan. And let’s not even get into the many people who voted for Obama under the belief that he would find a resolution to the problem that is Afghanistan. At the same time we have generals discussing the war in the press, expressing their opinions on what the president should or shouldn’t be doing, as the decision whether or not to send more troops is gauged.
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