Fred Hiatt is the latest Post columnist [“The election’s invisible war,” op-ed, Sept. 2] to pen such statements as “managing war fatigue at home” and “Americans are tired of war.” I have seen other writers use the phrase “war weariness.” What is the basis for these statements?
Since neither President George W. Bush nor President Obama has had the general populace bear any burden of the war in Afghanistan, financial or otherwise, how can America be tired of war? (Actually, they’ve “taxed” our children and grandchildren to pay for the wars.) Nor are American workers in the defense industry, now facing drastic reductions and loss of jobs, weary of war. The burden is borne only by those actually fighting, dying or being seriously wounded, and their families, friends and caregivers.
However, notwithstanding Gen. John R. Allen’s positive column [“Building a durable Afghan peace,” op-ed, Aug. 26], many Americans wonder whether our investment in Afghanistan and Iraq has been worth the cost. America may not be “tired” of the wars of the past 10 years, but the politicians better be able to explain how we’re better off because of them.
David Garner, Woodbridge