A Devastating Report From the Washington Post: Confidential Documents Reveal US Officials Misled the Public About the War in Afghanistan

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This is a real kick in the gut, an echo of the bad old days of the Pentagon Papers, as the Washington Post reports that US officials misled the public about the war in Afghanistan.

They’ve published all the documents online; I haven’t even started looking at it yet, but in a way I already know what they reveal, because this isn’t the first time.

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

Eighteen years, a trillion dollars, and 2300 lives, all wasted.

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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:23:23pm
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Rightwingconspirator  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:27:46pm

Geez its late in life for a Vietnam flashback like this. Apparently we never learn truth saves lives. Lies cost immensely.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:28:01pm

re: #1 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Yeah about the millions of eggs that a woman’s ovaries contain, only one or two (or 9 if you’re me) will actually be used.

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Jack Burton  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:28:32pm

re: #1 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

This was basically:

“How do I tell a rich white woman to contribute to the cause of out-breeding brown people and Muslims and not sound like the racist asshole I really am? I got it!”

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:29:37pm

re: #1 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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Ladies love it when you talk about their eggs.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:31:12pm

No Tweets since this one. Did he drop the phone in the toilet?

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I Would Prefer Not To  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:32:19pm

re: #5 goddamnedfrank

Ladies love it when you talk about their eggs.

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:33:37pm

re: #6 The Pie Overlord!

Either his “advisors” hid it or as you said he dropped it in the toilet.

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prairiefire  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:33:43pm

I am not surprised at all.

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:35:19pm

re: #5 goddamnedfrank

Ladies love it when you talk about their eggs.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:35:59pm

The trillion dollars (at least) that was lit on fire in Afghanistan could’ve helped a lot of “working poor” get health insurance, help pay for their kids’ college tuition(s), and built some new schools. But socialism.

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PhillyPretzel  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:37:22pm

re: #5 goddamnedfrank

How come you did not come up with that statement yesterday? I had a dozen eggs in a carton yesterday.

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Dr. Matt  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:38:00pm

FFS

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:40:04pm

I put “working poor” in quotations because this country has a $20T a year economy and we have “working poor.” Disgraceful.

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:45:47pm

re: #13 Dr. Matt

FFS

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I thought they liked Putin.

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Dr. Matt  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:46:33pm

re: #15 HappyWarrior

I thought they liked Putin.

Full circle derp

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aatharuv  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:47:48pm

re: #11 Ace Rothstein

Or invest in all the infrastructure, 20th century and 21st century that we need to compete.
Or put money into the renewable, carbon-neutral energy, to save the planet.
Or even tax cuts for the poorest Americans that the Republicans would theoretically* drool over.

There’s lots that the money spent to pay off crony capitalists who make products which are used to fight a war that drives more people to attack America and our interests, driving more money to those same crony capitalists.

*Hint, they don’t, and the Trump tax hikes prove it.

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Dr. Matt  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:49:32pm
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FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:50:01pm
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Belafon  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:50:03pm

From the last thread:

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HappyWarrior  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:52:01pm

re: #19 FormerDirtDart 🍕🐀

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He is creepy. It’s why he’s such a sexist dipshit.

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:52:16pm

re: #20 Belafon

From the last thread:

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Does Rand know that phone calls have two participants?

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Blind Frog Belly White  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:53:04pm

re: #21 HappyWarrior

He is creepy. It’s why he’s such a sexist dipshit.

Not JUST a sexist dipshit! A RACIST sexist dipshit! He’s like the whole magilla!

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 5:55:40pm
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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:02:48pm

re: #20 Belafon

The important thing is that our politicians be allowed to crime undisturbed.

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Sherlock Hound  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:08:58pm

re: #5 goddamnedfrank

Ladies love it when you talk about their eggs.

With implantation, I always thought that the simple request “pick up a carton of eggs on your way home” would have a new meaning!

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goddamnedfrank  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:20:51pm
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Shiplord Kirel, Friend of Moose and Squirrel  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:23:40pm

I waded into the swamp to look at freeper responses to this, since I think it may give a clue to where the Trump gang will go with it.

It goes without saying that Democrats and RINOs are to blame but opinions diverge from there. Some blame our failure to extend the war to Iran or Islam in general, with several recommendations that we nuke at least Afghanistan itself.
Others take a more isolationist approach and suggest that an absolute prohibition on Muslim immigration would have prevented 9-11 and the rest of the world could be left to rot. Presumably large scale investors would be excepted, since they are not likely to be terrorists or even good Muslims and a little terrorism is a small price to pay for all that recycled oil loot.
Others drag the military profession itself, for which they blame both RINO Bush and commie Obama, since both promoted “political” generals rather than Pattonesque nuke slingers. The last may be most indicative of the final Trump approach since it would be helpful to the Republican goal of privatizing the war along the lines of Erik Prince’s mercenary proposals. It would also be a giant step forward in meeting Putin’s goal of eliminating the the threat from the regular US military.

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gocart mozart  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:27:50pm
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DodgerFan1988  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:30:40pm

Pass the popcorn.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:35:49pm

My surprise. Let me show you it.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:47:31pm

re: #22 Blind Frog Belly White

No.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:49:30pm

Murderers.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:51:22pm

re: #33 The Pie Overlord!

Trump’s America…

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Dread Pirate  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:53:10pm
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gocart mozart  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:54:19pm
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EPR-radar  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:56:01pm

Regarding the OP, it’s probably also in the WaPo reporting, but I grow very tired of US media reporting only the US dead/injured in these wars. The total dead is at least 30x higher than that 2300 figure.

On the other hand, most/all of that $ 1 trillion really is wasted US resources.

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:57:22pm

re: #33 The Pie Overlord!

Time to start naming every individual involved.

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:58:22pm
“It has never been a CBP practice to administer vaccines and this not a new policy,” the official statement read in part. “Individuals in CBP custody should generally not be held for longer than 72 hours in either CBP hold rooms or holding facilities. … As a law enforcement agency, and due to the short-term nature of CBP holding and other logistical challenges, operating a vaccine program is not feasible.”

This is a lie.

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gocart mozart  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:58:25pm
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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 6:59:04pm

“The doctors noted in their letter that the flu mortality rate among migrant children in federal immigration custody was nine times higher than the general population last year.”

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Dread Pirate  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:01:04pm
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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:03:25pm

re: #33 The Pie Overlord!

Trump will have these CBP terrorists in charge of that concentration camp as guests of honor at the RNC convention next summer.

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The Pie Overlord!  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:04:01pm

re: #40 gocart mozart

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Nothing is normal anymore.

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gocart mozart  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:04:29pm
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Dread Pirate  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:06:23pm

Chris, you’re a moron. Fuck off.

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Dave In Austin  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:10:21pm

re: #31 The Pie Overlord!

My surprise. Let me show you it.

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Ace Rothstein  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:11:49pm

re: #47 Dave In Austin

It’s almost as if all the Republicans are lying.

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Joe Bacon 🌹  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:12:18pm

re: #47 Dave In Austin

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jaunte  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:41:41pm
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Decatur Deb  Dec 9, 2019 • 7:49:32pm

A Devastating Report From the Washington Post: Confidential Documents Reveal US Officials Misled the Public About the War in Afghanistan

No fucking shit.

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sagehen  Dec 9, 2019 • 8:07:16pm

re: #27 goddamnedfrank

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BeachDem  Dec 9, 2019 • 8:10:18pm

re: #47 Dave In Austin

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