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Bezos publishes Afghan docs after Amazon loses defense contract to Microsoft (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 403.

The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the explosive classified documents published by The Washington Post that reveal massive deception and corruption during the eighteen year war in Afghanistan.

The reasons why the WaPo, a pro war publication, would publish such a story may have more to do with its owner, Jeff Bezos, exacting revenge on the Department of Defense and President Trump, than anything remotely related to exposing the American public to the lies of the government and the military industrial complex.


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Via Zerohedge…

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.

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.

“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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Errunur
December 13, 2019

War only for the US military industrial complex, not the ordinary people.

JPH
JPH
December 13, 2019

Bezos is actually doing Trump a service in supplying the reason to cut short US’ presence in Afghanistan. Timing looks perfect in relation to the election late 2020 too.

Errunur
Reply to  JPH
December 13, 2019

i doubt that was the point ofpublishing this, but Trump may do exactly that.

David Dienstag
December 13, 2019

Not a word of it is news. What I’d like to see is the original document which I cannot find. Does anyone out there know of a link? The devil is always in the details and I am prepared to go over it deeply. I have the experience and the standing but not such a good web researcher as some folks out there. If the link is obvious, I still missed it.

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A day in the life ....
December 13, 2019

Well, Bezos is a sleazeball, we all knew that……..even when he does the right thing.

Westmoreland's Pod People
Westmoreland's Pod People
December 14, 2019

After those traitorous journalists that hounded Westmoreland and uncovered his lies in Vietnam had their day, they were all purged and deep state lackeys put in their place. It’s worked out pretty well so far.

P. Ferreira
P. Ferreira
December 14, 2019

The term ‘military industrial complex’ has become a meaningless term in political discussions. By failing to specify exactly which groups constitute that ‘complex’ you end up saying (virtually) nothing.

Hmmm
Hmmm
Reply to  P. Ferreira
December 15, 2019

Seems pretty self-explanatory to me.

Diana
Diana
December 14, 2019

I understood that the motivation for the war was to control the heroin trade which is organised by the CIA to pay for their black ops.

Kathleen H
Kathleen H
December 14, 2019

Bezos may have acted for the wrong reason, but, perhaps unintentionally, he did a good thing. We should now have a full inquiry, and those responsible should be publicly named, shamed and maybe punished. Whatever we do, it won’t bring back the dead, heal the wounded, or make either us or Afghanistan whole. This is so like Vietnam, where the ever-receeding “light at the end of the tunnel” eventually went out.

John Ellis
John Ellis
Reply to  Kathleen H
December 14, 2019

Bezos did only an entertaining thing, for the documents only rehashed the misery and said not one word about the root cause. Which pleases Bezos and his rich-ruling-class immensely, for the last thing the rich want is for the public to reach agreement on the root cause, as that makes the moral solution most self-evident.

US-Longstanding State Sponsor of Terrorism
US-Longstanding State Sponsor of Terrorism
Reply to  Kathleen H
December 15, 2019

I’m surprised Bezos just didn’t blackmail the DoD for that contract, using all those cute little eavesdropping devices he’s so in love with and that the DoD itself helped subsidize.

Probably some subclause in one of his contracts prohibits it.

John Ellis
John Ellis
December 14, 2019

ALL HARM AND NOTHING GOOD — did Jeff Bezos do by releasing documents that accomplished not one thing good. For they only rehashed the misery, and were most careful to say nothing about the root cause or solution.
For the rich know that the moment the public reaches agreement on the root cause, the solution becomes self-evident and the rich have all their wealth nationalized.

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