Not Paying Attention to Afghanistan?
Yes, the Afghanistan War is a brutal, costly disaster, but hey, according to McChrystal's inner circle, there's a silver lining! At least the American people aren't paying attention.
Here's a quote from Michael Hastings' explosive Rolling Stone article:
Even those closest to McChrystal know that the rising anti-war sentiment at home doesn't begin to reflect how deeply fucked up things are in Afghanistan. "If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular," a senior adviser to McChrystal says.
Right now, about 53 percent of Americans think the war isn't worth the cost. Here we have a senior military official telling us that the only reason that even more people don't feel that way is because they're not paying attention. Got it.
Hastings has done us a great service. Thanks to his reporting, the architect of a failed, vicious war policy is out the door, and Americans are paying attention. A nation fatigued by war in Iraq and Afghanistan and battered by disaster after disaster is finally swinging its focus back to what's happening in our name overseas, and we don't like what we see. The war is killing thousands of Afghans and Americans alike, it's not making us safer and it's not worth the cost.
Next week, during General Petraeus' confirmation hearing, you'll see politicians calling for delaying American withdrawal from Afghanistan. You'll hear cold-blooded armchair generals decrying protections for civilians in the war zone. But these vicious chest-thumpers are dangerously misreading the public mood about the war. You can prove them wrong and prove McChrystal's inner circle wrong by joining the 35,000 of us organizing against the war on Rethink Afghanistan's Facebook page.
If this latest fiasco in the Afghanistan War got your attention and you're ready to do something to end it, join us today and get moving.