From the better late than never files.
The U.S. Needs to Have a National Debate About the War in Afghanistan | World Report | US News:
Just a few weeks ago, President Donald Trump told the American people that he was committing the United States to an open-ended war in Afghanistan. Shortly thereafter, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced the deployment of 3,500 more troops, which would bring the total to roughly 15,000.
The announcements barely registered on the national consciousness, and the country quickly moved on.
This collective national shrug was not a surprise. America's longest war – 16 years and counting – has remained on the back burner for most Americans. Presidents and national leaders have repeatedly attempted to downplay the longevity of America's commitment in Afghanistan, and the fewer American troops who are dying, the further Afghanistan has faded from the headlines.