Browser Guardian: war in Afghanistan and $1 trillion, which should be judged

According to recently published documents, the us government has long been aware of the fact that the war in Afghanistan is a failure event, which has cost the United States, according to conservative estimates, in the amount of $1 trillion, writes in his article for The Guardian columnist Ben Armbruster. In his opinion, the time has come to prosecute the foreign policy establishment of Washington, otherwise they will continue to act with impunity.

Обозреватель Guardian: война в Афганистане — ошибка в $1 трлн, за которую нужно судить

ReutersВойна in Afghanistan is not only a mistake at the cost of $1 trillion, but still a farce, writes in his article for The Guardian Ben Armbruster, chief editor of the analytical center of the Institute of Quincy. The American people for quite some time know that the war in Afghanistan is a lost cause. According to the Pew Research Center, views of Americans on the conflict began to change for the worse since the end of 2011, and two years ago, the majority already knew what was coming. That is why it is almost not seen the so-called Afghan dossier, published this week by the Washington Post, which exhaustively recounts that U.S. officials “introduced deliberately misled the public” concerning success in the military conflict. “If the publication of this article made people completely disbelieve the infallibility of this horrible company, then it might have happened because some of us believe that our leaders, though failed with a nation thousands of miles (from the United States. — Inotv), but at least they acted in good faith,” said the author. At the same time, after reading the article, The Washington Post, there is a feeling of anger not only because of the obvious stupidity of the American leadership, which continued to wage war, although he knew that he could not to win it, but due to the fact that his unwillingness to take responsibility for the failed policy has led to huge human losses, destruction and grief, especially for those American families who happily dedicated his life to serving his country. In addition, this conflict has claimed the lives of countless peaceful citizens of Afghanistan, which dragged into the endless cycle of war, although they had nothing to do do with anything. Of course, the “Afghan dossier” immediately brought back memories of how approximately half a century ago in a The New York Times were government documents. They also mentioned that several successive presidents lied to the public about Vietnam — about one more long-term, expensive and unnecessary war, which was not a military solution. But there is one major difference, said the author. The war in Afghanistan has not had the same direct impact on the daily lives of Americans as the Vietnam war, when the existence of compulsory military service in the army led to the fact that everyone had to deal with this indirect conflict in the framework of the cold war. And it is possible that this large and important material from The Washington Post will sink into Oblivion, exactly the same as dozens of other stories of the era trump that in “normal times” would have ended in the resignation of any other US President. However, one serious issue remains: why such an impressive number of people from government contractors to the military and officials at the highest level felt it necessary to lie about how the war in Afghanistan? “There is a simple answer: in Washington there is a long tradition, especially among foreign-policy establishment: self-criticism, taking responsibility for themselves and recognizing the failures clearly unacceptable. Hell Yes you can have a criminal record for giving false testimony to Congress about illegal arms trade, as well as for concealment of incredible atrocities, and yet to get a job in the state Department. You tortured someone? Nothing wrong” — ironically the author. And although this culture definitely plays innocence in all of this is his role, but the more complicated answer is that, once the American war machine begins to work, no amount of facts that undermine its very operation, can not interfere with the case, says the author. Indeed, to date, the United States has allocated nearly $1 trillion on the war in Afghanistan. However, the real cost of this conflict amounts to trillions, and get all the benefits: from the leaders of the defense industry, lobbyists and election funds of American politicians to officials of the Afghan government, farmers growing poppy, and a variety of intermediaries. Moreover, the alloy of the military-industrial complex and the US Congress in the majority have been protected from public responsibility. The Pentagon’s entire budget is similar: an unprecedented sums are allocated from the budget for useless purposes, the result of hundreds of billions of dollars wasted or lost to fraud and abuse. Congress, however, continues to annually allocate more and more money to the Ministry of defence, and without requiring a report on how these funds are spent. In fact, the war in Afghanistan is small — time compared to all the rest, the author believes. Suggests the following conclusion: “Afghan dossier” shows clearly that many people were killed, injured and subjected to numerous mental injury, and financial difficulties just because a group of people, mostly men, Washington did not want to admit publicly what they already know. “If we don’t start to bring these people to justice — and we are talking not only about Afghanistan, the foreign policy establishment in Washington will continue to act with impunity, which means that, most likely, in 50 years there will be another “dossier” that tells again that we did not learn the obvious lessons from the past,” concludes his article columnist for the Guardian Ben Armbruster.Source

Share Button