Published: Tue, December 10, 2019

US Lied and Lied About Afghan War: Bombshell Report

US Lied and Lied About Afghan War: Bombshell Report

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. Some of the information gleaned in the interviews was published in a series of seven "Lessons Learned" reports generated by SIGAR, but the harshest criticism of the war was said to be omitted from those accounts.

"2,400 lives lost", Douglas Lute, the three-star army general who led the war effort under former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, told interviewers working on the project in 2015, referring to the USA death toll in the war. He added: "What are we trying to do here?"

"We are never going to get the USA military out of Afghanistan unless we take care to see that there is something going on that will provide the stability that will be necessary for us to leave", Rumsfeld said in one dated 2002.

SIGAR has frequently been vocal about the war's failures in reports going back more than a decade, including extensive questions about vast waste in the almost $1 trillion spent on the conflict.

Despite vows by President Trump and his predecessors George W. Bush and Barack Obama that Washington would not engage in "nation-building", the USA has tried to do just that in war-ravaged Afghanistan, according to a report. "2,400 lives lost", he continued, before casting some of the blame in the conflict's failures on "bureaucratic" issues in Washington.

"What did we get for this one trillion dollar effort?" In fact I know I'm a bit impatient. It is time to leave Afghanistan.

"Help!" he wrote in the memo, according to the paper. The Post report noted that Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump all conveyed these lies to ensure that the public perception of the Afghanistan war remained as positive as possible.

For example, the interviews "contain numerous admissions that the government routinely touted statistics that officials knew were distorted, spurious or downright false", the Post said.

Among those interviewed was former army general Michael Flynn, who briefly served as President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser. "Really? So if we are doing such a great job, why does it feel like we are losing?"

The interviews were carried out by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction for their "Lessons Learned" intuitive; the head of SIGAR concluded that "the American people" were "constantly lied to" about the conflict to make it seem like America was making real progress in fixing the country.

A senior National Security Council official said there was constant pressure from the Obama White House and Pentagon to produce figures to show the United States troop surge of 2009 to 2011 was working despite evidence to the contrary.

"During the surge there were massive amounts of people and money going into Afghanistan", David Marsden, a former official with the US Agency for International Development, told government interviewers.

The officials who were interviewed said the U.S. foolishly tried to reinvent Afghanistan in its own image by imposing a centralized democracy and a free-market economy on the ancient, destitute, tribal society.

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