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The Afghanistan Papers

I am usually not a fan of The Washington Post, because of their Liberal reporting viewpoint, but Craig Whitlock did a masterful job in describing what has occurred during our prolonged War in Afghanistan.

Whitlock joined The Washington Post in 1998 as an investigative reporter and specializes in national security issues. He has covered the Pentagon, served as the Berlin bureau chief and reported from more than 60 countries.

In early December of 2019 he wrote a multi-part article based on a confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post

These documents reveal 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.

The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials.

The U.S. government tried to shield the identities of the vast majority of those interviewed for the project and conceal nearly all of their remarks. The Post won release of the documents under the Freedom of Information Act after a three-year legal battle.

In the interviews, more than 400 insiders offered unrestrained criticism of what went wrong in Afghanistan and how the United States became mired in nearly two decades of warfare.

With a bluntness rarely expressed in public, the interviews lay bare pent-up complaints, frustrations and confessions, along with second-guessing and backbiting.

Click on the headings below to see the actual articles.

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