We’ve accepted a collective amnesia about the wars. But the focus on domestic issues has not only silenced most national security discussions; it has also left service members by the wayside. What was lacking in Tampa was an absence of discussion, or even reference, to the men and women who fought these wars. Not even a thank you. This isn’t mere quibbling over what or wasn’t said. This isn’t mere quibbling over what or wasn’t said. Everyone knows that politicians can be effusive, to the point of sounding a little phony, when talking about the military. Indeed, political conventions are supposed to be that way. What is remarkable is that there wasn’t even an attempt to act the part.
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