Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Fighting there has claimed 2,000 U.S. lives, but Afghan conflict drags on without much notice

The war in Afghanistan to rout out the Taliban has dragged on for 12 long years and has claimed 2,000 U.S. lives, but the conflict is faded or non-existent in the minds of the majority of Americans. Once called President Barack Obama's "war of necessity," the ongoing battle there has become largely forgotten.

In an analysis of U.S. forces killed in the Afghanistan war by The New York Times, three out of four who died were white, nine out of 10 were enlisted service members and the average age of those who died was 26.

In an analysis of U.S. forces killed in the Afghanistan war by The New York Times, three out of four who died were white, nine out of 10 were enlisted service members and the average age of those who died was 26.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/23/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Afghanistan war, U.S. troops, al-Qaeda, consciousness, forgotten


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - There is little, if any talk of the Afghan war on the 2012 presidential campaign. More than 80,000 American troops are still fighting here, however and are dying at a rate of one a day.

The national interest is more focused on the economy and taxes than the latest suicide bombings in a different, distant land. As protesters at the Iowa State Fair chanted "Stop the war," the war was in reference to the one being waged against the U.S. middle class.

U.S. public opinion remains largely negative toward the war, with 66 percent opposed to it and just 27 percent in favor. Not since the Korean War of the early 1950s, a far shorter war has an armed conflict involving America's sons and daughters captured so little public attention.

"No one understands how to extricate ourselves from the mess we have made there," Matthew Farwell, who served in the U.S. Army for five years, including 16 months in eastern Afghanistan, says. "So from a purely political point of view, I wouldn't be talking about it if I were Barack Obama or Mitt Romney either."

Farwell notes that he sometimes received letters from grade school students addressed to the brave Marines in Iraq - the wrong war.

The defense department's latest tally, updated this month, 1,972 Americans have died in Afghanistan since President George W. Bush launched attacks there in October 2001 to rout al-Qaeda. If casualties in other countries are included, the number of Americans killed since the start of the war is 2,091.

In an analysis of U.S. forces killed in the Afghanistan war by The New York Times, three out of four who died were white, nine out of 10 were enlisted service members and the average age of those who died was 26. Half of the deaths were in Afghanistan's Kandahar or Helmand provinces, in the country's Taliban-dominated south.

The war drags in spite of the fact that al-Qaeda has been largely driven out of Afghanistan and its charismatic leader Osama bin Laden has long since been slain in a U.S. raid on his Pakistani hideout last year.

The war in Iraq, which Obama opposed as a "war of choice," Afghanistan has never seemed to warrant the same degree of public and media attention.

By the time Obama sent 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan in December 2009 in a policy known as the "surge," years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan had drained Western resources and sapped resolve to build a viable Afghan state.

The White House has grown increasingly weary of trying to tackle Afghanistan's seemingly intractable problems of poverty and corruption - to which the American people have grown weary too.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Four mythological symbols of China found along 1,700-year-old Silk Road Watch

Image of Ten well-preserved tombs have since been excavated.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The four mythological symbols of China - the White Tiger of the West, the Vermilion Bird of the South, and the Black Turtle of the North and the Azure Dragon of the East -- have been discovered by archaeologists in a 1,700-year-old cemetery along the old Silk ... continue reading


Agreement between Vatican and China remains far from certainty Watch

Image of There has been written contact between Pope Francis and President Xi Jinping over the past 18 months. There is reportedly a deal close on bishop appointments, which is the main stumbling block in establishing diplomatic ties.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

While there appear warming overtures both between the Vatican and China, seemingly insurmountable differences remain. The general consensus is that communist-led China will have to make some compromises in its iron-clad rule in order for the Catholic Church to ... continue reading


Abortion as a contraceptive? The ugly truth of abortion in Vietnam Watch

Image of In Vietnam, estimates vary, but between 500,000 and 1 million abortions are carried out every year.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A report from Vietnam's Hanoi Central Obstetrics Hospital has revealed that 40% of all pregnancies in Vietnam end in abortion, a figure that is twice as high as official government figures. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Behind China and Russia, Vietnam has ... continue reading


20 minors rescued in India child-trafficking bust Watch

Image of India has a large issue with child-trafficking, one that is often overlooked or even used by local officials.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive police crackdown on organized child trafficking has led to the arrest of 10 child traffickers and the rescue of 20 minors in India. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The raids were conducted jointly by police teams from the Indian states of Chhattisgarh ... continue reading


A prelude to war! Chinese island building project aimed to create military bases in South China Sea Watch

Image of China's ongoing project of building islands for military use in the South China Sea is seen by many as confrontational and preparation for war.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

New satellite images are showing that China has begun constructing an island on a reef near the disputed Spratly Islands, which could be large enough to accommodate  an airstrip, its first in the South China Sea. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - That China ... continue reading


Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar Watch

Image of Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

As the Catholic Church there begins to celebrate its 500 years there, Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. According to a census conducted this year, Catholics number about 750,000 out of a population estimated at just over ... continue reading


China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower? Watch

Image of China has 12 million Catholics, but they are often split between support for the local state-run Church and the Vatican.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Relations between the Vatican and China have been frosty since the communist takeover in the 1950s, and the Holy See has found it very difficult to warm relations with the Asian superpower. But with an unprecedented proposal from China, all that could very well ... continue reading


Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy Watch

Image of Senior officials in Ghuvara acknowledged that the family planning camp was organized by government authorities, but refused to speak on record.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The nation of India recently saw the deaths of 13 women, with as many as 50 women seriously injured after a hasty mass sterilization camp in Ghuvara in Chhatarpur district. Lessons were not learned, it appears, as another 132 women were reportedly operated upon ... continue reading


Two billion people drink water contaminated by feces Watch

Image of According to WHO, inadequate water supply and sanitation results in annual economic losses of $260 billion.

By Magdalena Mis, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Nearly two billion people use water contaminated by feces, posing a global health risk despite billions of dollars spent on sanitation, said a report published on Wednesday. LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One in seven people, mostly poor and living in ... continue reading


Five million people expected in Goa, India to venerate St. Francis Xavier Watch

Image of The saint, who died in 1552, has his remains preserved in a glass-paneled silver casket and kept inside the 16th-century Basilica of Bom Jesu (Good Jesus).

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Five million people are expected to flood Goa, India in order to venerate the remains of 16th century Spanish missionary Francis Xavier. The remains will be on display for 40 days beginning this weekend.  LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In order to ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Revelation 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9
1 After this, I saw another angel come down from ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:2, 3, 4, 5
2 serve Yahweh with gladness, come into his presence ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 21:20-28
20 'When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for November 27th, 2014 Image

St. James Intercisus
November 27: James was a favorite of King Yezdigerd I of Persia and a ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter