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Summary: It was once President Barack Obama’s “war of necessity.” Now, it’s America’s forgotten war — “Forgetistan.” The Afghan conflict generates barely a whisper on the U.S. presidential campaign trail. It’s not a hot topic at the office water cooler or in the halls of Congress. Although 68,000 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, the majority of Americans seem to have mentally moved along, to the point where tragic landmarks such as the 2,000th U.S. service member killed in Afghanistan barely raise more than a momentary blip on America’s national consciousness.