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Afghan war mark to pass quietly

Afghan war mark to pass quietly

Posted: Thursday, October 6, 2011 8:03 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — A decade of war will pass quietly at the White House this week.
President Obama plans no public events Friday to mark a moment the nation never really expected: 10 years of war in Afghanistan. Out of sight and off the minds of millions of Americans, the war is the most prolonged conflict this country has been engaged in since Vietnam. Obama has gone so far as to declare it “the longest war in American history.”
The lack of attention to the 10-year milestone is driven in part by White House thinking that Obama has already helped lead a national reflection on a decade of costly sacrifice and battle. He did that on the recent anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, the day when many people feel the war unforgettably began.
Yet Obama’s handling of the new war milestone also underscores his interest in sticking to an economic message without distraction. Jobs, not war, matter most right now.
What’s more, in military terms, analysts say a 10-year anniversary holds little significance compared with other markers. The main one is the end-of-2014 deadline Obama has set for withdrawal of most U.S. forces.

Published in The Messenger 10.06.11

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