US Lied and Lied About Afghan War: Bombshell Report

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

An explosive report in Monday's Washington Post suggests that government officials have been lying to the American public about progress made in the war in Afghanistan for almost two decades, distorting statistics and offering rosy assessments instead of acknowledging the difficulty of the undertaking.

U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all vowed they would avoid becoming mired in "nation building" in Afghanistan; however, the report shows how even from the early days of the war, senior officials in charge of directing U.S. policy in the country expressed confusion about Washington's basic objectives and strategy for achieving them. The newspaper obtained the interviews-conducted by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, or SIGAR-after a three-year legal fight under the Freedom of Information Act.

While many officials who spoke to SIGAR believed that their confessions would never be made public, one top military leader, Gen. Douglas Lute who was the main point man for Afghanistan under both Bush and Obama, admitted in 2015, "We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan-we didn't know what we were doing".

With most speaking on the assumption that their remarks would not become public, USA officials acknowledged in private their strategies were flawed and that enormous sums of money had been wasted trying to transform Afghanistan. What are we trying to do here? These Afghanistan papers are a secret history of the war, Whitlock tells Powers, and "they contain these frank admissions of how the war was screwed up and that what the American people were being told about the war wasn't true".

The U.S. and the Afghan Taliban restarted peace negotiations on Saturday, three months after President Trump abruptly stopped the yearlong process aimed at finding a political settlement with the insurgent group and ending the war in Afghanistan. "2,400 lives lost", he continued, before casting some of the blame in the conflict's failures on "bureaucratic" issues in Washington. Bob Crowley told government interviewers.

The conflict has claimed the lives of more than 2,400 USA service members and cost Washington almost $1 trillion.

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