February 21, 2015 - No more food rationing and melting down scrap metal, the war in Afghanistan has officially ended. As Americans went about their lives on Dec. 28, U.S. Army General John Campbell, commander of the International Security Force, participated in a ceremony marking the end of our nation's longest war.
You may have missed it because wars in the Middle East get headlines when they start, smaller or no headlines when they come to an ambiguous end. U.S. soldiers will now transition to a training and support role but will remain in harm's way.
Unfortunately, the divide between military men and women and their families and those sitting out these recent wars could not be wider.
Leaders must be honest with the American public. After the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush asked citizens to support the troops but he failed to outline how, except by urging Americans to get back to their daily lives. Instead, he should have immediately withdrawn his tax cut plans and held fast to the balanced budget he inherited. Placing the cost of two wars on the backs of our children was the opposite of leadership.
Shared sacrifice must happen or we risk continuing a pattern in which our nation's wars are fought by a warrior class almost completely disconnected from the citizens they fight to protect. read more>>>