First, thank you for your service and the sacrifices you and your family have made on our behalf. It's a sin that this country has decided that we can keep sending the sons and daughters of working families to fight wars on the other side of the globe that we altogether ignore. (I've responded to a number of folks who've complained about the withdrawal: "So when are you flying your own skinny ass over there?" Haven't gotten any responses yet.) As you say, the media and most Americans (who didn't have family members in harm's way) have ignored the war for at least the last decade. I think that's one of the reasons we see so many altogether sophomoric criticisms of the withdrawal....suddenly lots of people, including journalists, are experts on a war they haven't paid a moment's attention to until a month or so ago.

I'm embarrassed that, when President Obama (whom I admire) decided to increase the troop levels substantially, I didn't send him an email that asked, "What the hell are you thinking?"

Thanks for your article.

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