‘Our friends didn’t have to die’: Afghanistan Papers surface pain and familiar frustrations | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

‘Our friends didn’t have to die’: Afghanistan Papers surface pain and familiar frustrations

Lawmakers, veterans and experts have expressed shock and resignation after a Washington Post report Monday unveiled 18 years of distortion by U.S. officials over the prosecution of the war in Afghanistan.

The documents involved — more than 2,000 pages of confidential notes and interviews from more than 400 people, from ambassadors to troops on the ground — exposed a constant parade of failures while three presidential administrations insisted the war was moving in the right direction.

We must end the vicious, lethal cycle of misinformation and unspecified, unsupported strategies,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said in response, calling for public hearings with Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and other officials.

“The Senate Armed Services Committee should hold hearings on the state of the Afghanistan conflict and the infuriating details & alleged falsehoods reported today,” said Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), a member of the committee.

“The time to end this war and bring our troops home honorably is now,” said Rep. Max Rose (D-N.Y.), an Afghanistan veteran.

Statements from lawmakers came amid veterans reconciling their war with a new lens through which to view it. For Marine Corps veteran Dustin Kelly, the report reignites the agony of not knowing precisely what comrades gave their lives for.

“The most traumatic experiences of our lives didn’t have to happen, our friends didn’t have to die on the other side of the planet,” Kelly, who served as a mortar man in Helmand province in 2010 to retake the Taliban’s stronghold, told The Post on Monday

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Please remember: US officials will always lie, about the necessity and "progress" of these endless wars, and don't give a damn about who gets killed or maimed for life in these miserable wars of conquest; all they give a damn about, is making sure that their buddies in the military/industrial complex, who overtly and covertly fund national election
campaigns get totally taken care of, which is a grim reality of American foreign policy.