13 years: OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM
2001 OCT 07 President George W. Bush Commenced Operation Enduring Freedom
2014 DEC 28, President Barack Obama announced the end of Operation Enduring Freedom
05 years and counting: OPERATION FREEDOM’S SENTINEL
2014 DEC 29, President Barack Obama Commenced Operation Freedom’s Sentinel
2019 DEC 14, President Donald Trump Continues A Military Presence. Currently attempts to Negotiate with all factions (Including the Taliban) for a Peace Treaty have been made so far no progress is being reported
Remarks: For nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. Government interview records obtained by The Washington Post after a three-year legal battle show otherwise.URL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/ FULL STORY HERE: https://www.4cmitv.com/2019/12/10/2019-dec-09-afghan-war-the-bush-obama-governments-mass-deception/
In what’s already being hailed as a defining and explosive “Pentagon papers” moment, a cache of previously classified documents obtained by The Washington PostURL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/ shows top Pentagon leaders continuously lied to the public about the “progress” of the now eighteen-year long Afghan war.
The some; 2,000 pages of notes from interviews of senior officials who have shaped US strategy in Afghanistan confirm that
“senior US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false… hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable,” according to the bombshell Post reportURL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2019/investigations/afghanistan-papers/afghanistan-war-confidential-documents/.
The internal interviews and statements were unearthed via Freedom of Information Act request and span the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations. The trove further confirms that US leaders knew vast amounts of money was being wasted in a futile attempthttps://thehill.com/policy/defense/473635-documents-show-us-leaders-misled-public-on-progress-in-afghanistan-war-report to “Westernize the nation”.
Watchdog groups commonly estimateURL: https://www.thebalance.com/cost-of-afghanistan-war-timeline-economic-impact-4122493 total US spending on the war has hit $1 trillion by the end; of 2019. More importantly, America’s ‘endless war’ has costURL: https://www.businessinsider.in/politics/news/top-us-officials-knew-the-afghanistan-war-was-unwinnable-and-lied-costing-1-trillion-and-2351-american-lives/articleshow/72444629.cms at least 2,351 American lives and over 20,000 wounded.
The internal Pentagon project conducted by the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) had sought to get as; honest assessment as possible as to the status of America’s longest-running quagmire spanning multiple administrations. It was to be a classified “Lessons Learned” assessment of sorts to prevent future missteps.
What did we get for this $1tn effort? Was it worth $1 trillion? One retired Navy SEAL who had advised the Bush and Obama administrations observed in one of the documents. After the killing of Osama bin Laden, I said that Osama was probably laughing in his watery grave considering how much we have spent on Afghanistan. Another top official, former White House Afghan war czar Douglas Lute under Bush and Obama, confessed, We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan – we didn’t know what we were doing. He added that “we didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking” after the 2001 invasion.
What did we get for this $1tn effort? Was it worth $1 trillion?
One retired Navy SEAL who had advised the Bush and Obama administrations observed in one of the documents.
After the killing of Osama bin Laden, I said that Osama was probably laughing in his watery grave considering how much we have spent on Afghanistan.
Another top official, former White House Afghan war czar Douglas Lute under Bush and Obama, confessed,
We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan – we didn’t know what we were doing.
He added that “we didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking” after the 2001 invasion.
TWO MAJOR CONSISTENT THEMES FROM THE DOCUMENTS ARE —
① the manipulation on a mass scale of statistics fed to the public in order to hide the true disastrous nature of the war; and…
② US leaders “turning a blind eye” to large scale theft of US taxpayer dollars by corrupt Afghan officials.
US aid was looted “with impunity” according to the released documents, and provide undeniable evidence that top defence officials knew years of rosy public statements were a mountain of lies.
Almost hard to get infuriated about the blatant spinning by government agencies anymore. The effort to cover up the failures of US foreign policy whether in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria or Yemen has worn us down. Hard to remember what honesty is. https://t.co/PFDiAmwveQ
— Joshua Landis (@joshua_landis) December 9, 2019
“Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible,” Bob Crowley, an Army colonel and senior counterinsurgency adviser to U.S. military commanders testified.
Over 400 people close to the decision-making process were interviewed as part of the internal DoD investigation; however among those 366 names were redacted, given that as more damning testimony was given, the Inspector General deemed they should be treated as ‘whistleblowers’ and informants.
But for all the hand-wringing and outrage Monday’s WaPo bombshell will unleash this week, it must be remembered that the establishment in both parties have consistently pushed to stay at war, not to mention going to war in the first place.
As independent journalist David Mizner observesTWEET URL: https://twitter.com/DavidMizner/status/1204046741294788608 of the new ‘Afghan Papers’ it remains that “US politicians lie to stay at war, every time. The real crime was going to war in the first place — and almost no US politicians, pundits, and or journos with large platforms opposed the war.”
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Washington Post For nearly two decades of fighting in Afghanistan, U.S. leaders have sounded a constant refrain: We are making progress. Government interview records obtained by The Washington Post after a three-year legal battle show otherwise.
Date: 2019 Dec 10, Time-stamp: 04:25 | Author: Tyler Durden | URL: zerohedge.com | Article Title: "Undeniable Evidence": Explosive Classified Docs Reveal Afghan War Mass Deception
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