Have U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan become so long-running and routine that they are no longer a high priority? Surely not. Yet the Washington Post's Fred Hiatt scanned some candidates' websites and found military and national security issues way down the issues lists. He found the candidates' quiet disquieting, concluding: "If the absence of debate reflects not full-bodied consensus but a wishful averting of eyes, then a spectacular attack on U.S. forces, or even a U.S. surge that yields fruit more slowly than hoped, could tip public opinion abruptly. In that case even political leaders who believe in the mission, having been AWOL from the debate, will have difficulty tipping it back."
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