American newspaper the Washington Post published a previously classified documents about US military operation in Afghanistan. The material on this appeared on the website edition of 9 Dec.
In the Afghan papers: the Secret history of the war – hundreds of documents that directly attest to the many years of lies, stolen billions and thousands of deaths.
“In a candid interview with senior U.S. officials and others directly involved in military action, criticized the government [USA] and the armed forces could not cope with the conflict for 18 years, detailing numerous errors, poor policies and widespread corruption that have characterized this conflict”, – the newspaper writes.
Interviewees recognized that they were unable to tell the public the truth about the war in Afghanistan.
The interviews were conducted by the staff of the office of the Special inspector General for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR) in the framework of the Federal project devoted to the study of the causes of the failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history.
In the end, the journalists discovered more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes and transcripts of the 428 interviews, and several recordings.
Documents identificeret 62 of the respondents, but SIGAR deleted the names of the other 366. In legal briefs, the Agency argued that these individuals should be treated as informants and informants who may face humiliation, harassment, revenge or physical harm if their names become public.
By cross-referencing dates and other details from the documents, The Post independently of each other identified 33 people who were interviewed, including several former ambassadors, generals and White house officials.
The Washington Post obtained the right to publish the documents in accordance with the Law on freedom of information after a three-year trial.
According to the newspaper, decided to publish the documents now and not wait for final court decision “to inform the public, while the administration trump is negotiating with the Taliban, and is considering the withdrawal of 13 thousand U.S. troops that remain in Afghanistan.”
The publication claims that the documents also contradicted public statements of the President, military commanders and diplomats who year after year, assured the Americans that they have made progress in Afghanistan and that the war was worth to get involved.
Some officials described “a clear and consistent US government effort to deliberately mislead the public.”
From documents follows, that in military headquarters in Kabul and the White house was “business as usual” to distort statistics to create the impression that the United States win the war, although it was not so, the newspaper notes.
The head of SIGAR John Sopko said the Washington Post that the documents show that “the American people are constantly lied to”.
It turned out that the US was spending huge amounts of money trying to change the situation in Afghanistan, however, turned a blind eye to corruption.
One unnamed head of the U.S. Agency for international development (USAID) suggested that 90 percent of the spent funds have been wasted.
“We have lost objectivity. We were given money, told to spend, and we did it without a reason,” he says.
One unidentified contractor told government interviewers that he had to give $ 3 million a day on projects only in one Afghan district is roughly the size of a County of the United States. One day he asked visiting Congressman whether he is responsible to spend that kind of money in the States?
“He said hell no. Well, sir, you have just committed us to spend it here, and I do it for the communities that live in dirty huts with no Windows,” said the indignant contractor.
Since 2001, the Ministry of defense, the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for international development has spent or appropriated from 978 to 934 billion.
This assessment spending adjusted for inflation gave Neta Crawford, Professor of political science at brown University.
Over the past 18 years, the United States spent about $ 9 billion to fight drugs, but the Afghan farmers growing more opium poppy than ever.
According to the UN office on drugs and crime, last year the share of Afghanistan accounted for 82% of global opium production.
Published papers include more than 400 interviews with the military, diplomats and government officials. Publication The Washington Post shows that high-ranking U.S. officials not told the truth about the war in Afghanistan for many years military campaign, making a rosy, but false statements. They hid evidence that the war is actually lost.
According to the above publication, the Ministry of defense, since 2001, more than 775 000 American soldiers were sent to Afghanistan, and many repeatedly. Of these, 2,300 people were killed and 20 589 were wounded in battle.
The newspaper cited notes Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of defense in the administration of George W. Bush. They emphasise that initially the US had a clear strategy in Afghanistan.
Dozens of interviewees confirmed this, saying that many of the initiatives of the Americans in the country were doomed to failure because the US had no clear idea of the country.
“I don’t understand who the bad guys are in Afghanistan,” wrote Rumsfeld.
U.S. officials helped to destroy the legitimacy of the Afghan government, for which they publicly fought.
Judges, police chiefs and bureaucrats extorted bribes, and many Afghans have turned away from democracy and appealed to the Taliban to maintain order.
Earlier this year, Donald trump said that Washington has not yet managed to achieve significant progress in Afghanistan.
And in 2018, the US President announced the withdrawal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan.