Commentary: Terrorism, war on backburner this election season

In a political season defined by lots of mudslinging, those running for office seem to have forgotten the tens of thousands of Americans face down in real mud, risking their lives by fighting for our country.

There’s rarely a word about Afghanistan, or the troops still in Iraq, even from those seeking to head to Washington, D.C., to run our war efforts. Perhaps this is somewhat explainable because these are blisteringly tough economic times, with a much-needed focus on job creation.

Still, the over-the-top trashing of opponents — coming from both sides of the aisle — works against the best interests of the United States.

Take the latest news from Afghanistan: Twice a year, “visitors from Iran” show up in Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s office, literally with bags of cash, as much as $1 million at a time.

Karzai’s ho-hum reaction: It’s just neighborly activity.

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