People are being killed and wounded. Vast amounts of our tax money are being wasted. More foreigners are being turned into enemies due to the killing of their family members and the occupation of their country. A whole region of the world is being de-stabilised by the US government. However, very few people care. The US is always fighting multiple countries and attempting to undermine multiple regimes. Very few people are aware of all the various conflicts the United States is currently engaged in or trying to gin up. Almost no one realises that the Feds have troops based in most of the countries on this planet and outspend nearly all other countries combined when it comes to militarism. Perhaps it’s fatigue from the never-ending war-making. Deb Reichmann has an article on this for the Associated Press that is being carried on RT America:
It was once President Barack Obama’s “war of necessity.” Now, it’s America’s forgotten war.
The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress — even though more than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here and dying at a rate of one a day.
Americans show more interest in the economy and taxes than the latest suicide bombings in a different, distant land. They’re more tuned in to the political ad war playing out on television than the deadly fight still raging against the Taliban. Earlier this month, protesters at the Iowa State Fair chanted “Stop the war!” They were referring to one purportedly being waged against the middle class.
By the time voters go to the polls Nov. 6 to choose between Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the war will be in its 12th year. For most Americans, that’s long enough.
Public opinion remains largely negative toward the war, with 66 percent opposed to it and just 27 percent in favor in a May AP-GfK poll. More recently, a Quinnipiac University poll found that 60 percent of registered voters felt the U.S. should no longer be involved in Afghanistan. Just 31 percent said the U.S. is doing the right thing by fighting there now.
Not since the Korean War of the early 1950s — a much shorter but more intense fight — has an armed conflict involving America’s sons and daughters captured so little public attention.
Of course, if a Republican were in the White House and carrying out the exact same foreign policy as Barack Obama, there would be a substantial anti-war movement in the United States. Likewise, if a Republican were in the White House and making the exact same decisions on heath care and the economy as Obama, the current harsh rhetoric on talk radio and Fox News about these things wouldn’t be there. Most of anti-war protests in the Bush years and the anti-Obamacare protests now were and are just partisan positioning; we know this because the two groups are not consistent.