The Meter On America's Wars Keep Going: Sometimes you don't have to look far to find common sense about national and international issues. A local newspaper columnist, Bill Varble, recently retired but a long time critic for my local paper the "Medford Mail Tribune", wrote a front-page editorial this morning that I found to be just as insightful as anything else I've read on the subject.
The sad thing is the two longest wars in American history are little more than a footnote in the daily news over here. But the decision to go into them, particularly Iraq in 2003, has made the sufferings of Iraqi people and those who have fought so long in that country from America continue. Yet it is ignored now because so few Americans are directly effected if they do not have a son or daughter or husband or wife in harm's way. We now focus our attentions on the sluggish economy. But Varble argues--with facts and stats to back it up-- that these long wars have made hope for even a moderate recovery all the more problematic.