Only Senator Donnelly brought up the troubling trend of military suicides. While Donnelly deserves our thanks, getting Hagel to voice his “commitment” to solving the issue is not enough.
Afghanistan is complicated; it is a cornerstone issue of American foreign policy and neither candidate has offered satisfactory answers on United States strategy there thus far.
I am thankful that the WTC will be rebuilt, and glad that bin Laden is at the bottom of the ocean. But, nothing will change what happened to the families of the 2,996 people who perished on 9/11.
Despite America's growing distaste for the war in Afghanistan, total withdrawal now is a mistake. The U.S. should continue to build Afghan institutions, and should up the number of civilians.
As the war in Afghanistan continues to drag on, a political solution rather than a military answer appears to be an ever-increasing likelihood. But, will negotiating with the Taliban work?