The Taliban announced on Thursday that they had released 845 Afghan security forces in compliance with a peace deal negotiated with U.S. President Donald Trump and the Afghan government in Kabul.
Taliban political spokesman Suhail Shaheen told Voice of America that his group remains “fully committed” to the peace deal they signed with Washington D.C. They hope that different political groups can come to the table and come to terms on a permanent cease-fire that will signal the end of the longest war in U.S. history.
Additionally, the Afghan government has released 4,050 Taliban prisoners out of the 5,000 pledged in the peace deal. Taliban needs to release an additional 155 security forces to fully live up to their end of the agreement. The positive progress on all sides shows that the removal of troops is a real possibility under the Trump administration.
However, deep state officials serving the military-industrial complex are doing all they can to stall the peace process so U.S. forces can continue dying in Afghanistan for a doomed war effort.
“While the Taliban have been scrupulous about not attacking U.S. or coalition forces, in fact the violence against the Afghans is higher than it’s been in quite a while,” Gen. Kenneth “Frank” McKenzie, the commander of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), said earlier this week.
The war party has seized upon phony news reports about Russia paying the Taliban to kill U.S. soldiers to retard the peace process. The House Armed Services Committee voted to make it more difficult for Trump to pull troops out of Afghanistan because of the dubious intelligence.
Neoconservative Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) defended the measure, saying it “lays out, in a very responsible level of specificity, what is going to be required if we are going to in fact make decisions about troop levels based on conditions on the ground and based on what’s required for our own security, not based on political timelines.”
Democrats on the committee showed that they feel hurting President Trump is more important than getting the troops out of harm’s way with their vote in favor of the pro-war measure based on lies.
Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) said: “There’s been bipartisan criticism of what a weak deal [Trump] got with the Taliban, a deal that is already falling apart. Now we learned that he was making this deal at the same time as there were bounties on the heads of American troops, American sons and daughters. We clearly need more oversight over what the president is doing in Afghanistan.”
Liberty Conservative News has reported on the internal documents leaked to the public that show how military brass has known the Afghanistan war is a disaster for years but have purposely deceived the public anyway:
“Journalists perused 2,000 pages of interviews obtained due to a Freedom of Information Act request. In those documents, they discovered that influential U.S. officials have known that the war was a losing effort for years. These perspectives were largely suppressed to the public so the agenda preferred by the military-industrial complex could continue.
“If the American people knew the magnitude of this dysfunction … 2,400 lives lost. Who will say this was in vain?” said retired Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, who advised former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama on Afghanistan policy, in a Feb. 2015 interview.
Bob Crowley, a former counterinsurgency adviser in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014, noted that the “truth was rarely welcome” within a military bureaucracy that “just wanted to hear good news, so bad news was often stifled.”
“Every data point was altered to present the best picture possible,” Crowley said. “Surveys, for instance, were totally unreliable but reinforced that everything we were doing was right, and we became a self-licking ice cream cone.”
Lt. Col. Daniel Davis confirmed that Pentagon brass and other interventionist officials knew the war was unwinnable, but knowingly perpetrated lies and allowed troops to die needlessly for a lost cause.
“This stuff has been known,” Davis said.
“It was known at all levels,” he added. “They have known from the beginning that the war was unwinnable, but they continued to say the exact opposite.”
“How many more men still have to die before we finally do the right thing?” he asked.”
Even though the Taliban appears to be complying with the terms of the peace deal, there are many powerful and evil forces at work doing their best to ensure U.S. troops never return home.