Every morning I look forward to reading the Daily Journal. It allows me to be aware of local news. And today was no different. The front page had a story about a family forming a ’80s rock band. Cute story. Front page. I slowly turn the paper and read about Eric Cantor’s defeat and the surplus of money to local cities. And then pages 34 and 35, titled “World.” On page 34, there is an article about militants overrunning Mosul, a city central to the stability of Iraq, where many brave men and women fought and died to bring freedom to millions in a war poorly managed by politicians. On Page 35, an article about five American servicemembers killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan. I know the Daily Journal focuses on local news, but losing Mosul and having five American servicemembers killed should affect every American. It just shows how removed Americans are from the war today; how we have forgotten the brave troops in harm’s way. Americans died to free Mosul and it is back in the hands of militants. Five more young men are dead and five more families are grieving. It seems true: America is not at war — America is at the shopping mall. My thoughts are with the families of the five brave men in uniform; they will not be forgotten.