Friday, October 7, 2011

Cable news forgets ten years of war in Afghanistan

Ten years after troops were sent to Afghanistan, 1,801 fallen according to thousands wounded and many suffering with PTSD topped off with suicides, yet the national media doesn't seem to think the American people care enough to dedicate the top story to the men and women fighting this battle.

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Shannon Spann, wife of CIA officer Johnny Michael "Mike" Spann, follows her husband's casket to the graveside as she holds her 6-month old son, Jake, at Arlington National Cemetery, Dec. 10, 2001 in Arlington, Va. Spann was the first American known to be killed in combat in Afghanistan. Johnny "Mike'' Spann, 32, who entered the Marine Corps and then joined the CIA in June 1999, was killed in action during a prison riot at Mazar-e-Sharif.

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In Washington, 10-Year Afghanistan War Mark to Pass Quietly
Published October 07, 2011
Associated Press

A U.S. Marine of 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3/4 Marines, covers other Marines carrying boxes of U.S. Mail into their small outpost, Patrol Base 302, in Helmand province, southern Afghanistan, Friday, Aug. 26, 2011.
WASHINGTON -- A decade of war will pass quietly at the White House this week.
President Obama plans no public events Friday to mark a moment the nation never really expected: 10 years of war in Afghanistan. Out of sight and off the minds of millions of Americans, the war is the most prolonged conflict this country has been engaged in since Vietnam. Obama has gone so far as to declare it "the longest war in American history."
The lack of attention to the 10-year milestone is driven in part by White House thinking that Obama has already helped lead a national reflection on a decade of costly sacrifice and battle.

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Can anyone really wonder anymore why the troops and military families feel the public is totally detached from them?

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