Those I know in the world of politics are telling me that the War In Afghanistan will be a major issue in the 2012 campaign. The same people had predicted the tenor of the 2010 election results in 2008. In other words, there is good reason to believe they are correct. In most ways, it is a good thing that politics will refocus the Citizenry on Our Troops in Afghanistan. The question is what will be used as facts in the debate?
Two years is but a blink of an eye in politics. As Congress prepares to take their new offices and seats, politicians are deciding whether or not to challenge those that have yet to make their first Congressional votes. By the end of 2011, those challengers will be deciding which issues to campaign on. Politicians in Congress are settling on strategies to force votes on legislation to misconstrue their ideological opponents.
Let's resolve to expose the willing to the facts, the truth, as much of the story as can be told. Let's resolve to shape the 2012 debate with an educated electorate, immune from emotional propaganda. The only force that can defeat Our Troops is the body politic and they can do so only with the tacit approval of the Citizenry. If the issue is shaped by full knowledge of the ground truth, the political debate can rest on facts, not false slogans.