December 7, 2009 11:34 AM

Commentary: A small few are making big wartime sacrifices

President Obama has made his decision: He will send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan. That will bring the total to roughly 100,000. Once again, this tiny minority of Americans — the professional military and their families and friends — will be asked to make huge sacrifices on behalf of the entire nation. For the rest of us, life will go on as normal. We will attend our loved ones' birthday parties, school plays and sporting events. We will have holidays together. We'll go to sleep at night without wondering whether we have talked to a husband or a wife, a father or a sister, for the last time. We'll be free to blissfully ignore the hardships our military and their families endure in our name.

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