Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Afghanistan Was A Waste Of Money And Blood

Or so top military and civilian authorities have been saying privately for years according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. The Post's article is behind a paywall, but Fox News reports:
      The Washington Post obtained and published a massive trove of confidential government documents which it says were part of a federal project aimed at figuring out what had gone wrong in the lengthy conflict. U.S. generals, diplomats, Afghan officials and hundreds of others directly involved in the war were interviewed, and more than 2,000 pages of notes taken on their conversations, paint a harsher picture than the rosy one the U.S. government has been selling to the American public, the Post reported.
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      “With most speaking on the assumption that their remarks would not become public, U.S. officials acknowledged that their warfighting strategies were fatally flawed and that Washington wasted enormous sums of money trying to remake Afghanistan into a modern nation,” the newspaper wrote.
      Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who acted as an Afghan war czar in the Bush and Obama administrations, reportedly told interviewers in 2015 that those in charge “were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing.” 
     “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking,” he added.
Well, I wouldn't expect our so-called elites to understand what they were undertaking because they think everyone is the same: fungible values, fungible worth, fungible skills, fungible people.

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