Fifteen Years Into the Afghan War, Do Americans Know the Truth? – Ron Paul

Posted by on October 12, 2016 in Government, Military with 20 Comments
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Last week marked the fifteenth anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan, the longest war in US history. There weren’t any victory parades or photo-ops with Afghanistan’s post-liberation leaders. That is because the war is ongoing. In fact, 15 years after launching a war against Afghanistan’s Taliban government in retaliation for an attack by Saudi-backed al-Qaeda, the US-backed forces are steadily losing territory back to the Taliban.

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What President Obama called “the good war” before took office in 2008, has become the “forgotten war” some eight years later. How many Americans know that we still have nearly 10,000 US troops in Afghanistan? Do any Americans know that the Taliban was never defeated, but now holds more ground in Afghanistan than at any point since 2001? Do they know the Taliban overran the provincial capital of Kunduz last week for a second time in a year and they threaten several other provincial capitals?

Do Americans know that we are still wasting billions on “reconstruction” and other projects in Afghanistan that are, at best, boondoggles? According to a recent audit by the independent US government body overseeing Afghan reconstruction, half a billion dollars was wasted on a contract for a US company to maintain Afghan military vehicles. The contractor “fail[ed] to meet program objectives,” the audit found. Of course they still got paid, like thousands of others getting rich off of this failed war.

Do Americans know that their government has spent at least $60 billion to train and equip Afghan security forces, yet these forces are still not capable of fighting on their own against the Taliban? We recently learned that an unknown but not insignificant number of those troops brought to the US for training have deserted and are living illegally somewhere in the US. In the recent Taliban attack on Kunduz, it was reported that thousands of Afghan security personnel fled without firing a shot.

According to a recent study by Brown University, the direct costs of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars thus far are nearly five trillion dollars. The indirect costs are virtually incalculable.

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Perhaps Afghanistan is the “forgotten war” because to mention it would reveal how schizophrenic is US foreign policy. After all, we have been fighting for 15 years in Afghanistan in the name of defeating al-Qaeda, while we are directly and indirectly assisting a franchise of al-Qaeda to overthrow the Syrian government. How many Americans would applaud such a foreign policy? If they only knew, but thanks to a media only interested in promoting Washington’s propaganda, far too many Americans don’t know.

I have written several of these columns on the various anniversaries of the Afghan (and Iraq) wars, pointing out that the wars are ongoing and that the result of the wars has been less stable countries, a less stable region, a devastated local population, and an increasing probability of more blowback. I would be very happy to never have to write one of these again. We should just march home.


 

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  1. Dana Rosales Dana Rosales says:

    No…They watch and believe corporate controlled media and never do independent research…Chickens are coming home to roost soon..Great resources: X 22 report..SGT Report…Jim Willie…Greg Hunter…jsnip4….Gerald Celente….HA Goodman…and that will lead to other resources…Our government keeps us DUMB about geopolitical and economic issues while feeding us baloney news….

  2. No, there is still the most dangerous war.

  3. Rui Machado Rui Machado says:

    No…
    And its a waste of time, lives, an tax payers money.
    Get out!

  4. We haven’t had a legitimate war since the one in the 1700’s. All other have been for profits leading up to the current time frame where profit is our only motivation.

  5. Mike Burgess Mike Burgess says:

    Maybe true but they are more equipped and trained than before and able to handle more. Before they ran and in in holes when attacked. Rather give them money than American soldiers lives as it is one or the other

  6. Karin Herbst Karin Herbst says:

    Waar is suid afrika se army Alles word afgebrand Waar is hul ??????

  7. Ivan Powell Ivan Powell says:

    A wise man once said “the first casualty of war is truth……….”

  8. Yes…those of that bother know.

  9. Kim Rice Kim Rice says:

    They will never know or, to be more precise, accept the truth about Afghanistan that has been well-known in the east for 1,000s of years, even by Alexander the Great himself: No outside group, invader, force, etc. has ever conquered or will ever conquer there. They may come and take; they may come and built, but ultimately what they take will be worthless and what they build will be turned to ashes.

  10. They do but they can’t do nothing about it because there fluoridated out of it highest flouride percentage in there water than anywhere Ireland is the same they have to fluoridate the rebels otherwise we would rise up and take them out. Like the old days

  11. The minute you leave they will crawl out from under a rock…

  12. yes keep paying tax money to Israel and Afghanstan rich ministers !! idiots

  13. The Pentagon “lost” TRILLIONS of dollars; so yeah, I believe it. But SOMEONE’S benefiting from all of that wasted money; and it’s not the Afghan people. And it CERTAINLY isn’t the American people.
    In America schools close; budgets are cut for services; the numbers of homeless are increasing. Yet government money continously gets dumped, and given away to other countries. And let’s not forget that it also gets “lost”.

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