Afghanistan: What Confidential Documents Reveal About the War
Confidential government documents prove the war in Afghanistan, which has been ongoing for the last 18 years, is unwinnable. U.S. officials withheld information from the American people and the world the truth, which was discovered and made public recently. Throughout the Bush and Obama administration, American soldiers have been subject to a war that should have ended a long time ago, and billions of dollars have been wasted. It is time to begin the process of America pulling out of the war in Afghanistan.
A 2,000-page document has interviews with diplomats, generals, and those who had a direct role in the war. A federal project examined all of the failures which show how resources and money were wasted during this conflict, which has been the most prolonged recorded armed battle in U.S. history. The remarks in the documents were concealed, and The Washington Post has won the three-year struggle to release the information contained in the papers. The Freedom of Information Act allows the outlet to carry on with making the news public.
Over 400 officials gave reasons and criticism on how America was pulled into a non-winning situation for almost two decades. Among some of the documented interviews, a three-star Army General Douglas Lute, who served during the Bush and Obama administration, had this to say, “We 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. If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction… 2,400 lives lost. Who will say this was in vain?” He blamed the deaths on Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department.
Since 2001 after the September 11 attacks, there have been over 775,000 U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan. Many have served more than one deployment. The Defense Department stated there were 2,300 who were killed and 20,589 soldiers wounded. Three presidents have failed to win the war, and Trump is going to put an end to the mess which can never be cleaned up. Washington wasted money by the billions of dollars on trying to make Afghanistan a modern country, and military tactics have seriously failed according to the documents. The figures come in from 2001 to present between $934 billion and $978 billion according to the Cost of War Project at Brown University.
The price of the war does not stop there when we factor in the cost of other agencies involved, such as the CIA and Department of Veterans Affairs, for the service to the wounded and medical care of the veterans engaged in the war. Jeffery Eggers, a retired Navy SEAL, told U.S. government interviewers, “What did we get for this $1 trillion effort? 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.”
The documents contradict everything said by Bush, Obama, and Trump. Still, President Trump is the only one who is ready to put an end to all of this mess. Those interviewed in the documents told how the messages were meant to deceive the public, and the numbers were distorted to make it look like the U.S. was doing good and winning the war. This, however, is not the case.
Bob Crowley, an Army colonel who served during the Obama administration, stated, “Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible. Surveys, for instance, were totally unreliable but reinforced that everything we were doing was right, and we became a self-liking ice cream cone.” John Sopko, the head of the federal agency which did the interviews told The Washington Post, “The documents show the American people have constantly been lied to.”
A program called “The Lessons Learned Program” was designed to keep America from making the same mistakes. It was created in 2016 and had a report sent out in 2018 which stated, “We found the stabilization strategy and the programs used to achieve it were not properly tailored to the Afghan context, and successes in stabilizing Afghan districts rarely lasted longer than the physical presence of coalition troops and civilians.”
Before any criticism comes from anyone on the president calling the U.S. military out of a region, they need to read the documents from those who came from the war. This is living proof President Trump knows when enough is enough for America to remain involved.