Fred Hiatt, writing for the Washington Post, notes that the war has been "almost forgotten":
On Tuesday, as the convention began, the Army identified a soldier killed with Birdwell: Spec. Mabry J. Anders, 21, of Baker City, Ore. Another coalition soldier, not yet identified, was killed in an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan the same day.
On Thursday, the final day of the convention, someone in an Afghan uniformkilled three more coalition troops. That morning, maybe as Mitt Romney was running through his acceptance speech one last time, the body of Army Pfc. Shane Cantu of Corunna, Mich., arrived at Dover Air Force Base. Cantu, 20, had been killedjust a few weeks after arriving in Afghanistan when an insurgent threw an explosive over his base wall, his former high school football coach told the Detroit Free Press.
Thursday night Romney delivered the most important speech of his life, telling Americans why he wants to be president and how he would lead the nation. He mentioned the war in Afghanistan zero times.
Has the nation ever been at war and that war been more absent from a presidential convention — or a presidential campaign? Some 68,000 U.S. troops will still be deployed to Afghanistan at the end of September, many of them fighting in the most remote and dangerous conditions imaginable. Some 2,100 have been killed, according to iCasualties.org, more than two-thirds of them under President Obama.
And though the war seems almost forgotten for many Americans, there is still plenty to debate about how it will be conducted in the next few years.