The violent Middle East, and unconcerned Washington.

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Four years ago around this time Obama had promised to end the war in the Middle East. Four years later nothing seems to have change. Even worse, Afghan soldiers who are allowed into our military bases who train and fight with our own, are turning there gun barrels toward our guys and shooting them in the head.

To resolve the crimes against the military, four star General Dempsey went to Afghanistan to meet with the leaders of Afghanistan about the betrayal of the Afghans to the U.S. soldiers. With little resolution made, General Dempsey was preparing his return to the U.S. His plane was hit by missiles and damaged by shrapnel and the base went into lockdown. It cannot be said if the missiles were manned or time set.

However, it is known that two Americans were injured from the firing. It is unknown if the missiles were directed at the plane, but this is not the issue. The presidential candidates on both sides have maintained silence on the issues in the Middle East during this time.

The main presidential candidates have not brought this issue into light. Or any issue involving the middle east for that matter. The closest substantial statement by the Commander in Chief was with reporters August 20th. He told them,

“In the long term, we will see fewer U.S. casualties and coalition casualties by sticking to our transition plan and making sure that we’ve got the most effective Afghan security force possible. But we’ve got to do it in a way that doesn’t leave our guys vulnerable.”

No substantial comments from either the GOP or Romney.

I guarantee the families of these soldiers aren’t going to see the long term plan imposed by our president. Or will be satisfied with the unconcerned attitude of the GOP and Romney.

The silence on both sides is deafening. Both candidates have successfully avoided the subject, even with the recent violence and obvious aggression of the middle east. It seems that the important issue in the race is the blame game being played between Obama and Romney, not the blood shedding on foreign sands.

Extremist don’t seem to believe the war is coming to a close, so why should we? Either we give our men all it takes to defeat the enemy, because they are fully capable of doing so, or we pull our men out. Peace doesn’t seem on the horizon, why send our men out to die in the sun if they aren’t fighting to win? Wether that missile was to send a message, or just another extremist gaffe. It was launched by an enemy regardless. So let’s fire back.

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Jacob Rauch is a writer, musician, and homeschool student from State College, PA. His father, Eric Rauch, is Vice President of Product Development for Liberty Alliance. Jacob lives in Dallas, GA.
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