A new, just released, cache of documents have revealed a stunning truth: that the American people have been consistently been lied to about the progress of the war in Afghanistan since the George W. Bush administration.
The documents indicate that officals engaged in an offical ‘disinformation’ campaign in order to spin statistics in the best possible light and present the illusion that the war effort was succeeding when in fact that opposite was the case.
As The Hill reports:
In private interviews conducted by a watchdog that span the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations – which the Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — U.S. officials frequently acknowledged a lack of understanding, strategy and progress in a war they regularly described publicly as being on the cusp of success…
Interviewees also describe a deliberate disinformation campaign meant to spin discouraging statistics as evidence the U.S. was prevailing in the war.
“A person identified only as a senior National Security Council official said there was constant pressure from the Obama White House and Pentagon to produce figures to show the troop surge of 2009 to 2011 was working, despite hard evidence to the contrary” https://t.co/ps8mqmUJ85
— Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) December 9, 2019
“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 in 2013 and 2014, said in an interview.
John Sopko, head of the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), which conducted the interviews, told the newspaper the documents demonstrate “the American people have constantly been lied to” on Afghanistan.
The US still has appoximately 13,000 troops stationed in Afghanistan in what has become the longest war in American history.