Don't ignore Afghanistan
What is it with the war in Afghanistan, which began a month after the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001?
America's longest conflict 11 years this October reached an ominous milestone last month: the 2,000th death of an American soldier. Army Specialist James A. Justice died from injuries that were caused by small-arms fire in Wardak province, Afghanistan.
There is an interesting reality to our casualties: They're escalating.
The 1,000th American death did not occur until the war was nine years old. The 2=,000th death took place only 27 months later.
Given this reality, it is incumbent on our presidential candidates to make the war in Afghanistan a policy priority.
We need to hear a reasoned debate on one of the most tragic issues of our time. It should not be ignored.
Salt Lake City
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