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The Truth About Afghanistan

If anyone hasn’t heard about it by now, “our” government has been lying about the lack of progress being made in the seemingly eternal war being fought in Afghanistan. In the 18 years of the longest war in U.S. history, more than $1 trillion has gone down the drain, along with thousands of lives, in a bloody mess that was and is going nowhere.

On Dec. 9, The Washington Post published a series entitled “The Afghanistan Papers,” drawn from documents produced by one of our alphabet soup agencies, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). SIGAR’s “Lessons Learned” reports are composed of interviews with hundreds of U.S. officials, diplomats, and military personnel, as well as their Afghan counterparts. Their contents should finally convince every honest citizen of flyover land that nothing but self-serving, cynical propaganda emanates from the environs of Babylon-on-the-Potomac.

The bottom line is that the powers-that-be—the Deep State, the Swamp, or whatever moniker you can come up with for the D.C. Leviathan—knew very well that the war in Afghanistan was a disaster, but kept repeating the same lies over and over anyway. Nobody wanted to learn any lessons from the Afghan experience, and the SIGAR reports, the first of which was published in 2016, were suppressed until now.

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