Matthew Moten, a professor of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, says it's unrealistic to sustain public interest on any issue year after year.
says the American public has obviously moved on from the two wars.
"I think that the public has other issues on its mind, collectively â€" namely the economy, jobs, the problems with the federal deficit and debt," he
"And those seem to be trumping concerns about the war for most of the populace."
Worth The Cost?
Christopher Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the libertarian Cato Institute, senses public frustration over the limited achievements after years of war, hundreds of billions of dollars spent, and the loss of more than 6,000 U.S. service personnel.
"There's a sense in both of these wars, the nature of these wars, you're not expecting a heroic victory of the sort we came to expect from wars like World War I and World War II," he
Moten says only a tiny fraction of the American public is actually involved in either war.
says people would likely be more interested if they had to shoulder some of the responsibility and make more sacrifices.
"I call that having skin in the game," he
"If America had a draft at the moment, even a very small draft, if mothers and fathers knew that there was some real chance that their sons and daughters might be conscripted into the military, I think they would pay a great deal more attention to what's going on in Iraq and Afghanistan."
But it's not just the public that has lost focus on the wars.
Many cash-strapped news organizations have scaled back or even eliminated their coverage.
And the two conflicts barely cause a ripple on the campaign trail, especially among Republican presidential candidates, says Preble.
"Many Republicans don't want to call attention to Iraq," he