“Undeniable Evidence”: Explosive Classified Docs Reveal Afghan War 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 Post show 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 report.

Pentagon file image: Getty.

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 attempt to “Westernize the nation”.

Watchdog groups commonly estimate total US spending on the war has hit $1 trillion by end of 2019. More importantly, America’s ‘endless war’ has cost 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 panning 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.

“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction … 2,400 lives lost,” he added.

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 tax payer dollars by corrupt Afghan officials.

US aid was looted “with impunity” according to the released documents, and provide undeniable evidence that top defense officials knew years of rosy public statements were a mountain of lies.

US aid was looted “with impunity” according to the released documents, and provide undeniable evidence that top defense officials knew years of rosy public statements were a mountain of lies.

“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 observes 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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A video tour of the damning new ‘Afghanistan Papers’ revelations and their significance:

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A video tour of the damning new ‘Afghanistan Papers’ revelations and their significance:

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11 comments

  1. Doesn’t take an Einstein to figure that one out. Any war in the middle east is doomed for failure, they are war mongers over there because of their religion.

  2. What efforts have been made to “Westernize” Afghanistan? Huh? Huh?
    None!
    Zero!
    No missionaries have been sent to Afghanistan to Christianize the nation. Their constitution says that Islam is the national religion. All of our efforts in Kuwait, Iraq, and Afghanistan were doomed to failure from the very beginning when we allowed them to establish Islam as their national religion.

    1. After WW 11 the brilliant strategist set us up for the next Dark Age. They precipitated the last one some 1400 years ago and are in the vanguard of those precipitating the next…

  3. And yet the looney left criticizes President Trump for wanting to pull us out of Afghanistan. We have been hearing for years that we are financing the Taliban. We send money to these governments like Afghanistan’s – tons of money – they realize that that money will continue to flow as long as we are fighting the terrorist – so these governments take a lot of the money we send them and give it to the terrorist to keep them going and the money flowing in. Who in OUR government benefitted the most from this war? Follow the money.

  4. the kids wanted to bomb the poppy fields and the political ass-kissers said no . we built a multi-million dollar hospital that is now totally useless to them .everything is 60cycle and their power is 50 cycle. so it sits un-used,and looted.

  5. Since day one all of us with any intelligence knew there was no reason for us to go fight this war. All we have done is kill our own people and made the corrupt rich and the evil from that country now in our backyard. The hell with everyone who is against us bringing the troops home. Let them kill themselves off it is not our problem. We are not the babysitter for every country when others don’t care to even do their own part. Let our troops clean up this country get the evil out of office and our country. Anyone who has a problem with that move the hell over there.

    1. Your saying almost sounds like and old song we sang in our country during world war two , that was song like this, If you don’t like the land where you came from , and you don’t like the Red ,White and Blue , you better go back to the land where you came from , are we are going to kick the hell right out of you.

  6. The #1 muslim in the U.S.A. is bo with dems support that supplied islamic terrorists with billions of $$’s covered up with bo appointed cronies and the majority dem congress of treasonous law violations … ! A mandatory investigation of bo & hilary with all their cronies for the past 11 years is a priority for justice ! The truth and facts that dems are a #1 U.S. enemy aiding & abetting foreign enemies is now proof that the islamic terrorist wars are never ending due to bo’s deceitful E.O.’s that are still supplying terrorists !

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