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And everyone wondered why Russia bailed out Afghan after 10 years...

solus

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9 Dec 2019 Washington Post, quote
A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

The interviews, through an extensive array of voices, bring into sharp relief the core failings of the war that persist to this day. They underscore how three presidents — George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump — and their military commanders have been unable to deliver on their promises to prevail in Afghanistan.

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 interviews also highlight the U.S. government’s botched attempts to curtail runaway corruption, build a competent Afghan army and police force, and put a dent in Afghanistan’s thriving opium trade.

The U.S. government has not carried out a comprehensive accounting of how much it has spent on the war in Afghanistan, but the costs are staggering.
truly unbelievable and congress thinks Trump should be indicted and impeached ~ really?
 

color of law

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When the CIA is running a covert drug running operation they (CIA) must make it appear that we are fighting evil in the world and American casualties is worth the price.
 

CJ4wd

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Perhaps these "failures" are similar to the failures in Vietnam. Because the military kept getting "over-ruled" by politicians who had little knowledge (and less interest) in doing what was necessary to actually WIN these battles, Vietnam and now Afghanistan became "quagmires" that sucked the life out of everybody.
Some tactical nukes in the mountains would have put an end to the battles very quickly as there wouldn't be enough combatants left to carry on the fight. As the computer said in the movie "Colossus: The Forbin Project" to its creator, "You will have the peace of Colossus or the peace of unburied dead."
 
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