Last month, former Congressman penned an article declaring that the current Afghanistan conflict is the crime of the century.
Paul cited the opinion of General Douglas Lute, who presided over the American war on Afghanistan during the administrations of President George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan. We didn’t know what we were doing,” Lute opined.
After 18 years into the longest war in American history, Americans are finding out that General Lute’s inability to determine the Afghanistan War’s main objective is shared by all the main leaders carrying out the war effort.
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The Afghanistan papers, the thousands of pages of classified interviews on the Afghanistan War that the Washington Post published last month, revealed the level of cluelessness displayed by military and political elites in America during this conflict.
These revelations are being called the “Pentagon Papers” of our era. As Paul noted, “hundreds of U.S. administration officials – including three U.S. presidents – knowingly lied to the American people about the Afghanistan war for years.”
Paul contended “This wasn’t just a matter of omitting some unflattering facts.” Instead, he contended “This was about bald-faced lying about a war they knew was a disaster from almost day one.”
The former Texas congressmen went even further by criticizing the bipartisan nature of the support for the war in Afghanistan. According to his observations, he did “not recall a single ‘expert’ witness called who told us the truth. Instead, both Republican and Democrat-controlled Congresses called a steady stream of neocon war cheerleaders to lie to us about how wonderfully the war was going.”
In his view, “Congressional leadership of both parties are all as guilty as the three lying Administrations.” Despite dropping over two trillion dollars and witnessing the deaths of over three thousand Americans and more than 150,000 Afghans, the political class doesn’t seem to care. Likewise, their media cronies have not devoted much time to talking about the Afghanistan Papers.
Given D.C’s penchant for never-ending wars, the status quo of intervention abroad will likely remain. This is one occasion where Paul’s presence in Congress will be sorely missed.