June 28th, 2010
10:04 AM ET

How Afghanistan became the ignored war

If the Korean War, which began 60 years ago this past weekend, was America's forgotten war, Afghanistan has been America's ignored war.

Since President Obama authorized a surge of troops in Afghanistan in December 2009, there has been a notable absence of public debate or interest about this conflict.

Read the full commentary from Julian E. Zelizer


Filed under: Decision: Afghanistan • Voices • Your View
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  1. FAZAL HAKIM ANDALEEB

    IF YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HISTRY OF THIS BRAVE NATION.YOU CAN VERY EASILY UNDURSTAND THAT PASHTHOON NOT LEVING ANY FORGHIN FORCE ON THERE LAND.I HAVE ADVISE FOR OBAMA TO LEAVE OUR LAND AS SOON AS POSSIBAL.OR WE WILL MAKE YOU OUT AS WE DEFEATED BRITISH FORCES IN THE PAST

    July 3, 2010 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Val

    Maybe the American people should think about what's going on Afghanistan and give solutions to the problems we face on the ground over there. If this is an American war, then the American public should give its full support to it.

    June 30, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      Most do, but a lot of the people posting here are not American even though they would like you to think they are.

      June 30, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Val

    I like to note that the writer of this article didn't write much on the subjecct. Intersting. Why didn't he give more information on the subject?

    June 30, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. Sandra

    http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/war.casualties/index.html

    June 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sandra

    As long as lobbyists supporting the interests of foreign countries, such as Israel, are allowed to siphon money out of our political system for their country, we will be doing their dirty work. They will bankrupt US. They are not acting in the best interest of this country, they are protecting Israel. We have no allegiance to Israel. We have allegiance to the US. Write to your representatives for protection from lobby groups that support foreign agencies. Make them register as foreign agents so they are transparent to the actual citizens of this country.

    mitworld.mit.edu/video/488

    June 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Smith in Oregon

    Former Marine, if Kyrgyztan closes the airbase it leases to America's refueling fleet there are very few alternatives, all of them clearly placing a slow down on flights in and out of Afghanistan. Pakistan is not going to allow a large US Military airfleet on its territory and the inherent waves of attacks that would encourage. Both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan wouldn't allow a US Military airforce fleet in their countrys, and of course Iran wouldn't permit one in Iran either.

    Of course I am not promoting any deaths in the Afghanistan and Iraqi war zones. I am seeking a way for America to disengage it's extended war and occupation of Afghanistan which is not serving the Afghanistan people nor the American people. Flooding the world with the Karzai Clan's Opium-Heroin is not any success which America values nor do the country's that have been forced to deal with that reality for the past 8 years.

    A great many overseas US military bases created during the antiquated cold war and WW2 era's should be closed and permantely handed over or shut-down entirely. They are a huge existing drain and burden on American taxpayers who have real homeland security issues dealing with massive unemployment, a crumbling infra-structure, 150 million gallons of toxic, poisonous carcinogenic crude Oil on the shores of the Gulf States and getting rid of America's addiction to crude Oil.

    June 29, 2010 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Val

      So basically, you're saying we sound get less involved in world events and worry more about what is going on close to home?

      June 30, 2010 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Why would the Kyrgyz turn away $60M pa how would that help their economy?

      June 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gary Johndro

    Come on,Onesmallvoice,everybody deserves a laugh out of life regardless of where they get it.Even in this nasty war!

    June 29, 2010 at 2:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Daniel-2

    Listen,Onesmallvoice,some politicians in Washington are going to get a lot of votes out of this war while others are making huge profits but I intend to get as many laughs as possible out of it.And that's the way it is!

    June 29, 2010 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. Former Marine

    So much anti-military sentiment. Okay Smith in Oregon. Let's see, Turkey closes it's skies and ground to America. Yanno, I hate to say it, but I doubt that would do little good. We can get our supplies in from elsewhere. Kyrgyztan shutting down our base, would that have an impact on operational capacity? Yes, but we'd just build a new airbase elsewhere. AND If your ideas were in fact carried out, and enacted, and it became a hindrance on our operational capacity, then you would be PROMOTING Deaths of NATO Forces, which I am sure you're not. BTW Boys and Girls, NEWS FLASH! This war isn't going anywhere, when I have my own children (Invisible Man in the Sky, help us all) I am sure THEY will still be feeling the ripple of this war, and its actions. Just saying, get used to it, we're in this one for the long haul.

    And One Small Voice, can you go ONE post without using the phrase "Right Wing." I mean, you've used it to the point where it's lost all meaning.

    June 28, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Smith in Oregon

    Congratulations on Turkey's decision to close ALL Turkish Airspace to Israel. Turkey would do well to purchase several Russian made S-300 anti-aircraft missile batterys for protecting it's country in case Israel decides to retaliate against a NATO country again.

    Attacking a NATO flagged ship in International Waters is in International Law and NATO treaty's the same thing as an attack upon the very country of that ship's flag, namely Turkey which is a NATO member. The NATO treaty calls upon all other NATO countrys to hold Israel fully accountable for its attack upon a NATO member.

    Turkey should now warn America that any further killings of Turkish civilians by Israel and Turkey will close it's airspace to America and it's borders to the US Military convoys carrying war supplys to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Kyrgyzstan should follow with closing it's airbase to America's refueling tanker fleet used to refuel fighter jets over Afghanistan.

    June 28, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Daniel-2

    Are you related to Yoda? you speak in a similar disjointed way.

    June 28, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

      I suppose you don't! Of course you do!

      June 28, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Anabel

    England didn't have an empire you silly goose.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Posey

      I guess Russia didn't either,Anabel.I see that Daniel-2(Funny boy) is back to his sick jokes.Just ignore him,he's only an ignorant Tea Partier.Don't let it bother you in any case,Anabel.

      June 28, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anabel

      Russia did have an empire England didn't you foolish person.

      June 29, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. Onesmallvoice

    I guess that the people are getting a little tired of listening to so much right-wing mumbo-jumbo trying to glorify this obscene war and it's about time!

    June 28, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      I think it is the lack of video footage of the Predator Drone strikes, reading about it just isn't the same.

      June 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • BUBBA--ALABAMA STYLE!!!

        You must really think that you're the biggest comedian around since W.C.Fields or Charlie Chaplin,don't you? Well the rest of us don't and you disgust me to no end!!!

        June 28, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |