- Michael Gerson
The ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will have little impact on this year’s elections. Afghanistan in particular seems to have vanished from the national consciousness, perhaps because of a presumptive confidence in General Petreaus. Moreover, Republicans as a minority party are far less inclined to make the wars a politically divisive issue than were Democrats during President Bush’s tenure. With a selective and professional military that reflects American society less than it did fifty years ago, war and its role in national politics are destined to inhabit a smaller space in our collective awareness.
Gerson writes about politics, global health and development, religion and foreign policy.