I agree that it is tasteless to name maps after areas of ongoing conflict. Russians conquering Seattle is as plausible as SciFi though. Also, how long of a wait is it before we can start to make games based on real conflicts? Still plenty of survivors of Vietnam around. Is that setting off limits for an EA microtransaction scheme?
There has been a handful of games set in the middle east that try to squeeze an anti-war message into the cutscenes between simulated mass killing. I am deeply skeptical of their anti-war message. There was a director who argued "You can't make an anti-war movie without making a movie that appeals to some people who enjoy war". I guess "you can't make an anti-war game without making a game that appeals to some people who enjoy war". But there is a big difference between watching a character end young men's lives on a screen and you controlling a character ending lives in a game.
All that said, America's problems with violence go way beyond names of maps in games. I would argue that games, movies, and real life violence are more tied together than media people will acknowledge though.
The Taliban back in power may not be the worst thing honestly. Bad for the people there but the place was a shit hole during our occupation too. As long as they don't export terrorism to the west, it is not our business how they run their scenic mountains and hills.
Finally, the war greatly undermined American's perception of their country. "We can spend a trillion dollars bombing Afghanistan but can't have universal healthcare?" is a strong complaint. It will be a long time before that line isn't relevant and the disgusting pig people who scream about communism while stuffing their faces with lasagna aren't going to wise up anytime soon. But at least we aren't putting more payments into that lost cause and can start the healing process.
Finally, I will acknowledge a lot of people maybe even most Americans learned absolutely nothing from this experience. I still read many comments on Reddit arguing we won the war in Afghanistan because we killed more of them than they killed of us and people will be afraid of us now. Oftentimes on videos of cartel members doing violent stuff you will get many Americans strongly arguing "we should send the U.S. military to Mexico to stop the cartels. They can't stop our drones. They can't beat real soldiers in a battle". What dude? Judging by our success in the Middle East, we would end up negotiating a treaty with the cartels for our withdrawal in 10 to 20 years.
Anyhow, Vietnam, Somalia, Afghanistan and Iraq. Print out a map of the eastern hemisphere, close your eyes, and throw a dart at it. There is a higher than 1% America will lose a war there in our lifetime. At least we can get some cool games from it though.