My impression that there has been an increased number of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers killed in Afghanistan was sadly confirmed in articles that recently appeared in The News Tribune. It is a bitter pill to swallow that the change promised by President Obama has not come to pass, as he carries on the Bush war in Afghanistan with only rumors of a plan to end it.
It is difficult for me to understand that lack of action. Has Obama sold out or fallen to pressure from the military-industrial complex?
I have also noticed a lack of news about antiwar protests. This was confirmed in an article I recently read about a PBS report that indicated the number of war protests steadily decreased after Obama was elected, to such a level that protests have been virtually nonexistent for the past two years.
The only reasonable conclusion that I can draw is that unlike the Vietnam War era protests, where war was protested whether a Democrat or Republican was president, today’s antiwar groups will not hold a Democratic president accountable.
Hopefully, Obama will soon announce a plan for a speedy withdrawal from Afghanistan. If not, I pray that I am proved wrong about the antipathy of antiwar groups to protest with a Democratic president in office, and the protests will resume.
Otherwise, it appears that the only way to restore public and political pressure to end the Afghan war may be to elect a Republican to the presidency.