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“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan. We didn’t know what we were doing.” So said Gen. Douglas Lute, who oversaw the US war on Afghanistan under Presidents Bush and Obama. Eighteen years into the longest war in US history, we are finally finding out, thanks to thousands of pages of classified interviews on the war published by the Washington Post last week, that General Lute’s cluelessness was shared by virtually everyone involved in the war.

What we learned in what is rightly being called the “Pentagon Papers” of our time, is that hundreds of US Administration officials – including three US Presidents – knowingly lied to the American people about the Afghanistan war for years. This wasn’t just a matter of omitting some unflattering facts. This was about bald-faced lying about a war they knew was a disaster from almost day one.

Remember President Bush’s Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld? Remember how supremely confident he was at those press conferences, acting like the master of the universe? Here’s what he told the Pentagon’s special inspector general who compiled these thousands of interviews on Afghanistan: “I have no visibility into who the bad guys are.”

It is not only members of the Bush, Obama, and Trump Administrations who are guilty of this massive fraud. Falsely selling the Afghanistan war as a great success was a bipartisan activity on Capitol Hill. In the dozens of hearings I attended in the House International Relations Committee, I do 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. Victory was just around the corner, they all promised. Just a few more massive appropriations and we’d be celebrating the end of the war.

Congress and especially Congressional leadership of both parties are all as guilty as the three lying Administrations. They were part of the big lie, falsely presenting to the American people as “expert” witnesses only those bought-and-paid-for Beltway neocon think tankers.

What is even more shocking than the release of this “smoking gun” evidence that the US government wasted two trillion dollars and killed more than three thousand Americans and more than 150,000 Afghans while lying through its teeth about the war is that you could hear a pin drop in the mainstream media about it. Aside from the initial publication in the Washington Post, which has itself been a major cheerleader for the war in Afghanistan, the mainstream media has shown literally no interest in what should be the story of the century.

We’ve wasted at least half a year on the Donald Trump impeachment charade – a conviction desperately in search of a crime. Meanwhile one of the greatest crimes in US history will go unpunished. Not one of the liars in the “Afghanistan Papers” will ever be brought to justice for their crimes. None of the three presidents involved will be brought to trial for these actual high crimes. Rumsfeld and Lute and the others will never have to fear justice. Because both parties are in on it. There is no justice.

Just days after the “Afghanistan Papers” were published, only 48 Members of Congress voted against the massive military spending of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. They continue as if nothing happened. They will continue lying to us and ripping us off if we let them.

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Rebel0007 says:

    We have perfect visibilty into who the bad guys are, the congress members and executives who voted to pass and sign the NDAA, and all other acts of treason and march us off to war for the wolves on Wall Street and the corporations that have engaged in treason which are spying on and stealing from Americans.

    The bad guys were the ones that colluded in the faked 9/11 attacks and continue in the cover-up of the worst attack on U.S. soil by the U.S. government, financiers, and corporations.

    Boycott the election! Has a single person running for office even admitted it?! Has a single person running for office brought charges of treason against the guilty parties?!

    Anyone who knows about what is happenning and is voting for any of these people is either in on it, or mentally incompetent!

    • Replies: @animalogic
    , @scribblguy
  2. bob sykes says:

    Afghanistan is our second longest war. The longest is Somali, started in the winter of 92/93 and still going on, now some 27 years. It is a back burner kind of war, but we still have SOCOM in country some 60 miles outside Mogadishu, and they still fight the war lords from time to time. The war lords attacked the SOCOM camp a month or so ago, but were beaten off.

  3. “We didn’t know what we were doing”, so we had to lie to the American people for decades? What on earth is this gibberish even remotely supposed mean?

    As laid out in some of several documents released by the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, Tavistock, PNAC and other globalists organizations calling for a World Government, the US military is to be used as a tool to force corporate privatization upon the Arab world while generating tremendous corporate profits for the Military Industrial complex through replenishment of armaments used in that conquest.

    They know exactly what they are doing and they contentiously lie to the American people because, if informed, we would likely rebel against their plan. Furthermore, as the end justifies the means, ethical and moral considerations are rejected as weaknesses so the lying ( i.e. “We didn’t know what we were doing” …so we lied), will continue unabated regardless of any exposure.

    • Replies: @Curmudgeon
  4. Jimmy1969 says:

    You may be right about the 21 Century; but the crime of the 20th Century was WW1 which was 100 times worse.

  5. Patriot says:

    If the USA was a just and moral nation, those Presidents and all the Neocons, media whores, and other war-minions would be tried for both treason and war crimes. Around 2 million people, mostly civilians, died because of their lying.

    Traditionally, both treason and war crimes have been punisable by death, as in the Nuremberg trials.

    • Agree: Realist
  6. Realist says:

    They will continue lying to us and ripping us off if we let them.

    And it looks like that is exactly what will happen…there is no accounting for US stupidity.

  7. @Rebel0007

    Absolutely. Boycott voting — but in an organised public way, so that people know why you are not voting

  8. @RickBarnes

    the US military is to be used as a tool to force corporate privatization upon the Arab world while generating tremendous corporate profits for the Military Industrial complex through replenishment of armaments used in that conquest.

    Almost, and it’s not just the Arab world. The first step is forcing”democracy” everywhere. Once the political whores are “elected” they move to privatize everything in site. The political whores are inserted into every “party” irrespective of political philosophy, to give “democracy” the illusion of choice.

  9. @Rebel0007

    The whole so-called “war on terror” is phony as can be! It is spearheaded by one of the biggest lies in histroy- that “Arab/Muslim “terrorists” carried out 911, bypassing ALL security the USA has at its disposal in the most highly secured area in the world- the DC corrider! It was an obvious “inside job” but what does it matter when the military/industrial complex is going to make billions and Israel, one ofthe main culprits behind 911, strengthens itself by securing billions in USA “security” subcontracts and is allowed to treat ANYONE who speaks out against its policies as a “terrorist”!

    The Taliban offered up Osama Bin Laden IF the USA could provide evidence of his guilt. They turned this down for obvious reasons- OBL did NOT orchestrate 911 and the attack on Afghanistan was planned BEFORE 911, after a Unocal CEO told the Taliban that “we can give you a carpet of gold or a carpet of bombs”.(Unocal wanted to build a major pipeline through Afghanistan) The Taliban had all but eliminated the opium growing when the USA attacked and today this nation is the leading exporter(again) of opium, heroin and hashish! God only knows how many liveshave been destroyed by this reuptick in drug activity since the 2002 attack! This is all for the “black budget” that the USA launders and spends for military adventures. let’s face it- if you are still THAT naive to think the USA is a beacon of liberty, justice and freedom” you are seriously in need of some reality!

  10. alex5467 says:

    This war against Afghanistan began in ’79 when a degenerate Russophobe named Zbigniew grabbed Carter’s ear to push his plans to make the USSR suffer. He was going to use the Saudis, Pakistanis, and any others he could persuade and corrupt, to attack Afghanistan which was right on the Soviet border. After countless atrocities against Afghan peoples, and with their government making numerous appeals to the Soviets for protection, Zbigniew got his wish to shed Russian (Soviet) blood. In interviews, he even admitted that pushing these Islamic “radicals” (really mercenaries and terrorists) was exceedingly more important than any possible blowback. Call them Al-Queda, ISIS, ISIL, etc.,whatever, they’re created, armed, trained, supplied, fed, hospitalized by the US, Israel, NATO, and their Arab puppets like Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

  11. Rebel0007 says:

    @scribblguy

    scribblguy,
    Are you saying that you prefer to cave to those have been committing acts of treason? Are you saying that the consitution which does in fact provide for liberty, ( which is freedom), and justice is not the supreme law of the land?

    Are you actually going to waste your time elevating a single one of these individuals that is in office, by voting, or has joined the DNC or RNC organized crime rings of domestic and international terrorism, rapacity, and treason when not a single congress member has brought charges of treason against anyone other than Donald Trump, who is also guilty of treason, but not for the charges that the impeachment proceedings have charged him with in a total obfuscation psy-op because First Responders stormed Capitol Hill on 9/11/19 with proof that 9/11 attacks were controlled demmolition and requested that congress re-open 9/11 investigation, so DNC Responded First by launching impeachment inquisition against Trump 13 days later?!

    Too worried about Joe and Hunter Biden’s self-perceieved right to remove Ukrainian judges for prosecuting Hunter Biden for corruption!

    The Ukrainians and Trumps clearly do not understand the Royal Biden and Royal DNC and the Royal nature that they are willing to go to, to make certain that nobody on earth dare question anything or criticize a solitary thing that a single one of them ever does or says?!

  12. Svevlad says:

    Yeah they’re prepping to pull out. Now that they have domestic fentanyl production, they don’t need Afghan heroin. They’re pulling out at summer or autumn 2020 tops – right after the poppy harvest and processing

    • Replies: @freedom-cat
  13. @alex5467

    Mind you, I agree with Dr. Paul and with most of what the commenters here have to say so far. Your comment here has one big-ass lie of omission though. You know, don’t you, that the Soviets invaded the country, and the American support for the Moslems was part of this hot war as the Cold War was still on-going (had been for 30-odd years already)?

    Telling the whole truth is important, Alex. Why wouldn’t you include this history, as it doesn’t really negate the points made already about American involvement in that part of the world?

  14. simmerjet says:

    Does any of it really matter?.. People who claim that taxpayer money is wasted on this, or that.. do they think that some sort of refund will occur? or do they think some sort of moral refund will materialize to make it all better?. So the Government wastes 2 trillion bucks,I say, big damn deal!, what,. you think that if only that money wasnt wasted,’ somehow I wouldnt have such outrages taxes?’…..NEWFLASH!.. Even if they found something crazy like 2 trillion bucks of taxpayer money totally squandered, totally wasted, on a war or whatever, you Still wouldnt feel any change….oh wait they did, and you don’t, they make this too easy…….I’m just saying, think about it, next time someone wants you to give a shit about taxpayer money being wasted…. Don’t, because if it wasnt spent on a war, it would have been spent some other way that you don’t benefit from.. Afghanistan has war hardwired in their DNA.. The Russians were no match, and neither are we Americans.. Give it back to them, they have dealt with this for centuries… It will work it’s self out the way it always has. We should have listened to Eisenhower.

  15. I remember clearly after 9/11 how few Americans questioned the official narrative, which was plastered all over all major mainstream media by the end of that very day (and by mid-day there was an Israeli guy, I think it was Ehud Barak, who was on BBC explaining to the masses the official narrative that has never changed since). It was a crime done in plane site! (npi) Yet 90% of Americans supported the invasions into Afghanistan and Iraq.

    I love RON PAUL. I will likely write him in on my ballot. I will never vote for Trump again. The only reason I voted for Trump was because I couldn’t stand Hillary; plus, he was saying we needed to get out of M.E. during his campaign. I was skeptical but at least he was saying it. Then, he bombed Syria at Ivanka’s request. And also Afghanistan. He may still get us into another major conflict with Iran.

  16. @Svevlad

    The Poppy factor is often overlooked by many people. The Taliban had eradicated it by about 2000. Apparently, this hurt the big western banksters who were the main dump for laundering.
    Heroin is super cheap now, so many are easily addicted. And now they have Fentanyl on top of it.
    All to keep Americans and other Westerners zoned out and non-threat to the coming high Tech totalitarian system that they’re openly setting up. Brave New World indeed.

  17. @alex5467

    You have to look at the bigger picture. The Soviets were up to their eyeballs in coups and counter-coups themselves. When you just look at this time frame, the 1970s, you get a microcosm of what the Afghan people were going through. There was one guy after the other getting Assassinated; even royals were overthrowing royals. But the problems in Afghanistan are complex and go further back in time.

    Graham Fuller. Have you heard of him? Well, he worked for the CIA for decades; maybe he still does. He operated largely in the Caucasus region. His Daughter was married to Ruslan Tsarnaev, the uncle of the Alleged Boston Marathon bombers, Tamerlan and Jahar. Coincidence? I doubt it.

    Anyways, he was stationed in Afghanistan in the late 70’s and even took his family there. They had to leave quickly when one of the Afghan heads was assassinated and their was sudden bombing. Can’t remember if it was 78 or 79. Wikipedia alludes to 78. I read about this in his book he wrote about his adopted Korean son (who died at 19 from drug overdose, ironically). He was the “station chief” for CIA.

    After the Boston Marathon bombing, it was revealed that Fuller’s daughter Samantha Ankara Fuller (married name Tsarnaev) was married in the 1990s to Ruslan Tsarni (born Tsarnaev), the uncle of the perpetrators Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.[16] They divorced on 26 April 1999, in Orange County, North Carolina.[17] Ruslan Tsarni worked for companies connected to Halliburton. He was also a consultant for a company contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in the former Soviet Republic of Kyrgyzstan.[18]

    Both Americans and Soviets were up to no good. But Afghanistan is important in a geo-political sense. Just like the rest of the ‘stans’ in that surrounding area.

  18. Ohio John says:

    Until we are ready to kill the people responsible, talk is just talk. Follow the money. Who profited, who gained status and power because of this war? These will be the people who need to be up against the wall. This shit will stop only when we the people start holding people accountable.

  19. Remember PAT TILLMAN.

  20. Durruti says:

    In the dozens of hearings I attended in the House International Relations Committee, I do 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. Victory was just around the corner, they all promised. Just a few more massive appropriations and we’d be celebrating the end of the war.
    Congress and especially Congressional leadership of both parties are all as guilty as the three lying Administrations. They were part of the big lie, falsely presenting to the American people as “expert” witnesses only those bought-and-paid-for Beltway neocon think tankers.

    “I do not recall a single “expert” witness called who told us the truth.”

    This expose’ by Statesman Ron Paul is so true and well written, that it was difficult to highlight just one portion of it.

    Ron Paul exposes “The Crime of the Century” – in all its splendor and cruelty. Our post-Republic, our sadly occupied nation is led by appointed (by Foreign Occupiers) Gauleters. Traitors rule over We-American-Slaves.

    The Christmas Season is here. There is a bright future ahead for We-The-American-People. We will find our Manhood, our Women will find us. And we will Liberate the Hell we have been occupying, as we will avenge the murder, on November 22, 1963, of our last Constitutional President, John F. Kennedy.

    And under Liberty, And with our restored Honor:

    Statesman & Philosopher, Ron Paul, will head a committee of American Elders who will organize our first Free Elections in 56 years.

    God Bless & Merry Christmas! May we live the next one -In Liberty!

    [To answer your major objection, With the Restoration of Our Republic, All Jews who are not willing to be Loyal to America, will be sent to Gaza, (which the Palestinians will allow to be occupied by the Zionist land Thieves who are not able to swim to Europe). The rules and conditions for their residence in Gaza will be the same for the Zionists, as they are for the Palestinians in 2019]

  21. Realist says:

    Afghanistan War – the Crime of the Century

    Umm perhaps so far but, the century is young…give it a chance…it’s way too early.

    • Replies: @Durruti
  22. Durruti says:
    @Realist

    Your perceptive comment on the Title of Ron Paul’s fine article, Afghanistan War – the Crime of the Century, – – –

    Umm perhaps so far but, the century is young…give it a chance…it’s way too early.

    – – – Is unfortunately all too possible.

    However, it is possible that Statesman Ron Paul is correct, and in 80 years, American Soldiers, under direct orders from the Zionist Oligarchs (the middlemen – American puppet politicians & American Army Officers will no longer be required), will still be guarding the Opium fields in Afghanistan.

    It is a bit early, but here are my New Years-New Age Predictions:

    1. Celebration of Christmas will be abolished.

    2. Americans will be required to step off the sidewalk (& bow their heads), – when Jews are walking down the street.

    3. There will be Statues Honoring The Rothschilds, Epstein, the Maxwells, Ehud Barak, Netenyahoo, President Shumer, Polanski, ‘Woody’ Allen, & others yet to become known, in every American City. All the remaining statues of America’s founders will have been – long removed, and stored with the statues of Leaders of the Confederacy.

    4. Schools for non-Jews will consist of children being tied down, eyes taped open, and required to watch Hollywood Movies.

    5. Non Jewish Pre-teen girls & boys will be required to be sexually initiated in a program presided over by a special Epstein/Maxwell Branch of the MOSSAD.

    6. All religions will be banned – except for one. [It will be a felony to wear a Cross.]

    7. Straight (non-homosexual) White males will have their Penis removed. This surgery is part of a 2 part medical procedure – where the Brain is also removed.

    8. Individuals who recall what a Republic was, will be banned from writing articles for Unz Review.

    Excuse: Apologies: I am obviously in error:

    These events have already come to pass by 2019. I am describing the Present.

    No more coffee for me!

    Durruti

    • Replies: @SeekerofthePresence
  23. @Durruti

    Please keep imbibing! Caffeine is good for you.

    Best “Back to the Future” story since the movie.

    They threw me in jail for wearing the Cross,
    Saying, “Don’t you know who’s boss?”
    “The Lord Jesus Christ,” I said.
    “No, He’s been replaced by the Men in Red.”

  24. Durruti says:

    SeekerofthePresence

    “The Lord Jesus Christ,” I said.
    “No, He’s been replaced by the Men in Red.”

    I appreciate your comment, with one minor difference.

    Lenin, Marx, Stalin, Fidel Castro, “Men in Red” or the Pope, who at times wears red Robes, or Santa Claus, who is often depicted in a red Outfit; None of them, either murdered, or replaced Jesus Christ. They may have done good or bad things, depending on your views of History, but that is one crime they are innocent of.

    Jesus Christ has been “replaced” by the organizational descendants of the men ‘Sanhedrin,” who are responsible for having him murdered. The Sanhedrin were the leaders of the ancient Jews -Tribe of Hebrews.

    The modern day Sanhedrin have just impeached Casino Trump, after murdering John F. Kennedy, the Sailors of the Liberty, those on 9/11, thousands of Palestinians (& stealing their lands), and millions of other victims.

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sanhedrin

    I refer you to the excellent Movie – by Mel Gibson, The Passion of the Christ.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Passion_of_the_Christ

    On another point:

    The Saker, Andrei Raevsky, a European, sees the importance of the Hypocritical Impeachment of Casino Trump, as well as the Power Elite’s efforts to isolate Tulsi </b>Gabbard. He has posted their statements and his appreciation of our American political events on his website.

    Converseley, Ron Unz, an American who ran for the Governorship of California (our largest State by population), and supposedly operates this website, is asleep at the wheel (as we say). He should have reacted to the crisis by posting a short introductory comment – in order that we Americans may openly (and in an organized manner), discuss our Fate.

    I sent Unz a personal email in the hope of rousing him (not to do or say what I want), but to vote – in his own way, PRESENT, and use his website for the good of our Country.

    Even Prison Planet is giving this crisis better coverage than Unz. I am raising this important issue beneath the article of our finest Statesman, Ron Paul. Ron Paul has paid much attention to this developing crisis, but not Unz.

    Durruti

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