Washington Post Publishes “The Afghanistan Papers,” Showing that Government Lied about “Progress” in the War

For the United States: Korea, Vietnam, Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan were all wars fought for profits and not to win. When a war ends, the profits for the weapons industry dry up.

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Some of us are old enough to remember the New York Times publication of “The Pentagon Papers,” the secret history of the war in Vietnam compiled by the Department of Defense; they were purloined by Daniel Ellsberg, who opposed the war and shared with the Times. The revelations in those papers helped to end that conflict.

Now the Washington Post is publishing government papers about the long-lasting war in Afghanistan that it obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. Its revelations are familiar and depressing. Our government lied to us. There were no realistic plans in place for success. Thousands of lives and about a trillion dollars were spent without a strategy.

The article was written by Craig Whitlock. If you want to read the story in full, subscribe to the Washington Post.

KONAR PROVINCE, 2010 (Moises Saman/Magnum Photos)

THE PENTAGON, 2003 (David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images)

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2 thoughts on “Washington Post Publishes “The Afghanistan Papers,” Showing that Government Lied about “Progress” in the War

  1. Back in 2006 I met a contractor on R&R in Pattaya, Thailand and after getting to know each other asked how the war was going. He replied that we had lost that war long ago. That the US didn’t have a clue as to what they were getting into, the government knew nothing about the country, the people, their culture, their morays and morals.

    Same old story over and over and over again.

    • As long as there is a profit to be made from war, that same old story will keep repeating like a broken record that is never turned off.

      That is why free-market capitalism U.S.style is toxic and dangerous. From everything I’ve read in recent years, the best type of capitalism is what is practiced in the semi-socialist democracies like Norway and Finland.

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