Sounds of Silence

I have been moving for the last week – that, combined with my complete and utter lack of desire meant that I caught only the barest snippets of the RNC on the radio. I heard some of Clint Eastwood’s speech, and was gratified to hear that it was just as baffling to people who saw the whole thing as it was to me, who started halfway through on NPR.

I was VERY interested, then, to read this:

Adding up the mentions of assorted nations by Ryan, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul yields the following tally:

Afghanistan: 1

Iraq: 1

Iran: 7

Syria: 3

That’s just embarassing – surely the nominee himself can do better –

The United States has some 68,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan. Over two thousand Americans have died in the more than ten years of that war, a war Mitt Romney has supported. Yet in his speech accepting his party’s nomination to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney said not a word about the war in Afghanistan. Nor did he utter a word of appreciation to the troops fighting there, or to those who have fought there. Nor for that matter were there thanks for those who fought in Iraq, another conflict that went unmentioned.

Leave aside the question of the political wisdom of Romney’s silence, and the opportunities it opens up for President Obama next week. What about the civic propriety of a presidential nominee failing even to mention, in his acceptance speech, a war we’re fighting and our young men and women who are fighting it? Has it ever happened that we’ve been at war and a presidential nominee has ignored, in this kind of major and formal speech, the war and our warriors?

That last point is the best one – it should be quite simply EMBARRASSING for the GOP to have their nominee fail so completely to recognize the fact that we are still a nation at war. It’s things like this that are making it so difficult for me to decide on my vote in November – despite my general tone on this blog, I’m not particularly a huge fan of President Obama, but this is just ridiculous.

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About thinklikeafox

I'm a Naval Officer living in Southern California. I hope to be attending law school in the next year or two, and I started writing this blog out of a desire to improve my writing and critical thinking skills after a couple years outside of academia.
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