Today in Martha’s Vineyard: The Commander-in-Chief tries in vain to sink a putt.

Today in Afghanistan: Three American soldiers are killed by the Taliban.

(NBC News) — Three U.S. soldiers were killed Sunday by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, and several were wounded, military officials said.

The service members were assigned to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. No other details were released.

Their deaths come as the United States prepares to withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of next year.

As of Aug. 9, at least 2,124 U.S. soldiers had died in the 12-year war in Afghanistan, according to the Defense Department. Of those, 1,759 were killed in action.

Remember the days when the President took his duties as Commander-in-Chief seriously?

… President George W. Bush, who routinely allowed journalists to accompany him on golf outings early in his presidency, told Politico in May 2008 that he decided to give up the game in August 2003 after a bomb attack on the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad that killed a top U.N. official.

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf,” Bush said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them.”

“And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong message,” Bush said.