Sunday, June 27, 2010

Recommended Reading

Frank Rich on this week's McChrystal brouhaha and its broader implications about both the state of the media and the state of public interest in the Afghanistan war:
The war, supported by a steadily declining minority of Americans, has no chance of regaining public favor unless President Obama can explain why American blood and treasure should be at the mercy of this napping Afghan president. Karzai stole an election, can’t provide a government in or out of a box, and has in recent months threatened to defect to the Taliban and accused American forces of staging rocket attacks on his national peace conference. Until last week, Obama’s only real ally in making his case was public apathy. Next to unemployment and the oil spill, Karzai and Afghanistan were but ticks on our body politic, even as the casualty toll passed 1,000. As a senior McChrystal adviser presciently told [Rolling Stone's Michael] Hastings, “If Americans pulled back and started paying attention to this war, it would become even less popular.”
More at the link.

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