The Afghan Lies
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a video conference mentioned that Americans cannot be trusted, and that they are liars and violators of promises. He said that the Iranians should not be deceived by the American’s smiles and should not trust them, ‘because once they get what they want, they will make a mockery out of you.’
While this may not catch the Americans by surprise, what is even more disgraceful is how our own U.S. military commanders, such as General Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have lied on the war against Muslim jihadists in Afghanistan.
In a recent article America’s Generals Lied, Lost Wars, And Looted The People They Claimed To Serve written by Josiah Lippincott, a student of politics at Hillsdale College, Lippincott states:
“For 20 years, these leaders lied consistently to the American people and their political masters about the wars in the Middle East. In December 2019, Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post published a devastating series of articles on America’s failure in Afghanistan. Using 600 “lessons learned” interviews with top military staff and diplomatic personnel collected by the Special Inspector General of Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), Whitlock illustrated just how pervasive the gut rot in America’s military really was.”
Milley himself claimed, in Kabul in 2013, that “[The Afghan] army and … police force have been very, very effective in combat against the insurgents every single day.” The truth of the matter was than more than 60,000 Afghan police and military were killed during the U.S. occupation compared to just 42,000 alleged Taliban. Afghanistan’s military and government are utterly corrupt. American officials, in private admitted that at least 40 percent of the $103 billion in reconstruction funds spent in Afghanistan went into the hands of insurgents, Taliban, and corrupt “allied” warlords.
For too long, Lippincott says, America’s generals have relied on a “stab in the back” thesis to justify their failure on the battlefield. The narrative set in after Vietnam and has calcified today. Former national security adviser and Lt. General H. R. McMaster tweeted on July 8 in regards to the sweeping march of the Taliban that the “US media is finally reporting on the transformation of Afghanistan after their disinterest and defeatism helped set conditions for capitulation and a humanitarian catastrophe.”
These lies, however, go deeper.
TOP LIES ABOUT THE AFGHAN WAR
In an article published by the Anti-War Committee of Students in Solidarity at the University of Pittsburgh, the apparent lies of American involvement in Afghanistan are mind blowing:
- “It’s possible to win a ‘war against terrorism.” Reality: Terrorism is a tactic, not a political or social force in and of itself. Anyone can use it, and the idea that you can wage a “war” against it is as dishonest as the idea behind the “War on Drugs.” The use of food as a political weapon, indiscriminate aerial bombardment, and the arming of gangsterish groups of religious fanatics all count as “terrorism” by any reasonable definition of the word, and the U.S. has long employed all of them — and more. This war is really about sordid material interests and power.
- “Oil? Who said anything about oil?” Reality: The Caspian Sea region has potentially the world’s largest oil reserves, likely making Central Asia the next Middle East. The problem is piping it out. Afghanistan occupies a strategic position between the Caspian and the markets of the Indian subcontinent and east Asia. It is prime territory for building pipelines, which is why the oil company Unocal — as well as the U.S. government — welcomed the Taliban’s rise to power in 1996 as a promising source of “stability.” In the 1990s, the Southern California oil company, Unocal, began taking steps to build the pipeline, even courting the Taliban. In 2018, ground was broken on a new pipeline project backed by the U.S. that will carry oil from Turkmenistan to northern India. That turned out to be a pipe dream (so to speak), but people like our Commander-in-Chief and the oil men around him have never given up on the tremendous profit possibilities that Central Asia offers.
- “The U.S. is trying to liberate the people of Afghanistan from Taliban tyranny.” Reality: The U.S., Russia, and Iran have been aiding a rough coalition of armed groups called the Northern Alliance. The Northern Alliance’s fighters are drawn mainly from ethnic minority groups in Afghanistan who have been persecuted by the Taliban. But their record is also a bloody one. Groups like the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA), which have been fighting against fundamentalism and for democracy in Afghanistan for years, have publicly stated that the fundamentalist gangsters of the Northern Alliance are not an acceptable alternative to the Taliban jihadists. In fact, Human Rights Watch implicates the Northern Alliance in “indiscriminate aerial bombardment and shelling, direct attacks on civilians, summary executions, rape, persecution on the basis of religion or ethnicity, the recruitment and use of children as soldiers, and the use of antipersonnel landmines.” By now everyone knows that Osama bin Laden was among the Mujahideen — the forefathers of al-Qaeda, the Taliban, ISIS, and so on — recruited by the CIA to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan. Click below to view video on how the CIA has worked with the Mujahideen
As The New York Times reported in April, the U.S. would remain after the formal departure of its troops with a “shadowy combination of clandestine Special Operations Forces, Pentagon contractors and covert intelligence operatives.”
Their “official” mission will be to “find and attack the most dangerous Qaeda or Islamic state threats, current and former American officials said.” Really?
Most of the mercenaries are ex-military veterans, though a percentage are third-country nationals who are paid meager wages to perform menial duties for the military.
One of the biggest mercenary companies is DynCorp International of Falls Church Virginia, which has received over $7 billion in government contracts to train the Afghan army and manage military bases in Afghanistan.
From 2002-2013, DynCorp was awarded with 69 percent of all State Department funding. Forbes Magazine called it “one of the big winners of the Iraq and Afghan Wars;” the losers being almost everyone else.
Of course, these aforementioned facts can be contested by the U.S. government. That being said, with the disclosure of the Pentagon Papers on how the American people were being lied to about the U.S. failure in Vietnam, the same for the “The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War”, it seems that certain U.S. officials turned out to be ideal pupils of the Islamic doctrine of taqiyya. And it is the Taliban and their jihadist allies who come out as the true winners.
Mario Alexis Portella is a priest of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy. He has a doctorate in canon law and civil law from the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome; he also holds a M. A. in Medieval History from Fordham University, as well as a B.A. in Government & Politics from St. John’s University. He is also author of Islam: Religion of Peace? – The Violation of Natural Rights and Western Cover-Up.