U.S. Government Misled the Public About War in Afghanistan

Headline Roundup December 9th, 2019

Documents obtained by the Washington Post show evidence of senior U.S. officials intentionally misleading the public about the state of war in Afghanistan over the past three presidential administrations. Interviews detailed in the documents suggest officials painted a more positive picture of the war than privately acknowledged and deliberately spun statistics to support public statements.

All other coverage was in reaction to the Post's initial report published Monday morning.

U.S. Government Misled the Public About War in Afghanistan

From the Center
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Senior U.S. officials knowingly lied to the public about their progress throughout the 18-year war in Afghanistan, consistently painting a rosier picture of the state of the war than they knew to be true, according to a cache of documents obtained by the Washington Post.

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...

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From the Right
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Senior US officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign — and hid “unmistakable evidence” that it was unwinnable, according to a damning report by the Washington Post.

The paper, which obtained a cache of government documents under the Freedom of Information Act after a three-year legal battle, reported that the American officials made “rosy pronouncements they knew to be false” about the longest armed conflict in US history.

The trove includes over 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people...

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From the Left
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U.S. officials constantly said they were making progress. They were not, and they knew it.

Aconfidential 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.

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...

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