In Bush’s second term the antiwar movement was at a fever pitch. But when Obama doubled down on Afghanistan in a nearly identical campaign fought for nearly identical reasons–transforming an Islamic hellhole into a halfway normal and friendly country–most critics demurred. I haven’t seen a large antiwar protest in years. Republicans don’t criticize the war as they’re pro-military and fail to see the liberal essence of both the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns. And the left fails to protest, it seems, because they turn out to be nakedly partisan and totally nonplussed by the casualties, cost, and continued use of extraordinary executives powers so long as the person wielding that power is a Democrat.
The war goes on, and it has a great price. On this Memorial Day, we shouldn’t forget the great sacrifices of our veterans, including those who are fallen and those who will spend many years in painful recovery from physical and psychic wounds.