• President Barack Obama salutes cadets as he arrives in Falcon Stadium for graduation ceremonies for the Air Force Academy Class of 2012 graduation ceremonies on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. (Mark Ries / Getty Images)

    What War?

    Troops MIA at Presidential Debate

    The troops didn’t rate a mention at Tuesday’s debate. Marjorie Morrison on the opportunity we’re missing.

    Two presidential debates and no real mention of our troops, despite the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

    Here’s why: 68 percent of Americans think the war in Afghanistan is going somewhat or very badly, and the same percentage thinks we should withdraw entirely or start drawing down troops now. Compound that with less than 1 percent of Americans serving in the active-duty military, so much of the nation feels no real stake in or connection to the war effort. That disconnect and distance helps explain how, at this time of collapsing support for the government, the press, and other institutions, three of four Americans say they’ve maintained their confidence in the military.

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  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets a group of veterans after speaking at a campaign event, May 29, 2012, in Craig, Colo. (Mary Altaffer / AP Photo )

    Military

    Will Vets Lose if Romney Wins?

    The candidate’s pick of former Bushies to advise him on VA matters could ported “a disaster for veterans.” Jamie Reno reports.

    What would a Mitt Romney Administration really mean for America’s veterans?

    On Tuesday, Romney named former President George H.W. Bush and former Sen. Bob Dole as honorary co-chairmen of his Veterans and Military Families for Romney. But perhaps more significantly, the group’s national co-chairs, who will advise Romney on veteran policy if he is elected, include James Nicholson, former secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under President George W. Bush.

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