Why Republicans Ignored Afghanistan at the Convention

Yossi Gestetner
Many Democrats, including at the White House, are attacking the GOP for rarely mentioning the war in Afghanistan during the national convention.

I didn't hear this from an insider but my best guess is the issue was ignored because it's a mess. We are losing soldiers at an alarming rate. And contrary to the Democrats, who seemed to have a messy Iraq as their only thing going for them against President Bush (with an Unemployment Rate at 5%), the pro-military Republicans have and look for other things to beat a President.

Democrats will argue at their convention that our efforts in Afghanistan gave us OBL, but I am trying to figure out what 100,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan, including 541 that were killed since last year early May, has anything to do with a small group of SEALs and CIA agents tracking down OBL in Pakistan.  Similarly, I never "got" how going into Iraq with largely regular troops and infantry forces, "distracted" a division of SELs and CIA operatives to work on the OBL Mission... I would guess that a $600 billion annual budget permits us to chew gum while climbing a hill.

OBL in Pakistan aside, we lost at least 541 troops in Afghanistan in the sixteen months since the OBL mission. That's a rate of more than 33 troops per month, while the Bush count during the 87 months we were there under his watch is 7.24 soldiers per month (to a total loss of 630 troops). These stats do not include the endless violence and bloodshed that is taking place in Afghanistan on an hourly basis. No, I will not start posting headlines here because they are endless. But please Google the word Afghanistan and search the last 24 hours of news; It's a total mess.

I doubt the Democrats wanted the Republicans to talk about all this during a convention because it would show what a disaster Obama is overseas -- Israel, Egypt, Libya and Syria. I doubt the American people would welcome using the loss of American and Afghan life as a tool for political campaigns. So perhaps the GOP needs to be saluted, not attacked, for not using Afghanistan as a stick against the President.

Many Democrats, including at the White House, are attacking the GOP for rarely mentioning the war in Afghanistan during the national convention.

I didn't hear this from an insider but my best guess is the issue was ignored because it's a mess. We are losing soldiers at an alarming rate. And contrary to the Democrats, who seemed to have a messy Iraq as their only thing going for them against President Bush (with an Unemployment Rate at 5%), the pro-military Republicans have and look for other things to beat a President.

Democrats will argue at their convention that our efforts in Afghanistan gave us OBL, but I am trying to figure out what 100,000 troops on the ground in Afghanistan, including 541 that were killed since last year early May, has anything to do with a small group of SEALs and CIA agents tracking down OBL in Pakistan.  Similarly, I never "got" how going into Iraq with largely regular troops and infantry forces, "distracted" a division of SELs and CIA operatives to work on the OBL Mission... I would guess that a $600 billion annual budget permits us to chew gum while climbing a hill.

OBL in Pakistan aside, we lost at least 541 troops in Afghanistan in the sixteen months since the OBL mission. That's a rate of more than 33 troops per month, while the Bush count during the 87 months we were there under his watch is 7.24 soldiers per month (to a total loss of 630 troops). These stats do not include the endless violence and bloodshed that is taking place in Afghanistan on an hourly basis. No, I will not start posting headlines here because they are endless. But please Google the word Afghanistan and search the last 24 hours of news; It's a total mess.

I doubt the Democrats wanted the Republicans to talk about all this during a convention because it would show what a disaster Obama is overseas -- Israel, Egypt, Libya and Syria. I doubt the American people would welcome using the loss of American and Afghan life as a tool for political campaigns. So perhaps the GOP needs to be saluted, not attacked, for not using Afghanistan as a stick against the President.