Washington Post articles (December 2019) about the Afghanistan War turned out to be on the mark
The previous title for this post was: “The short answer is no. The Washington Post did a disservice with this report. Dec. 13, 2019 Lawfare article (the topic: War in Afghanistan).”
A Sept. 3, 2021 Foreign Affairs article by Sarah Chayes [I don’t have a link; I read the print version of the article] is entitled: “Afghanistan’s Corruption Was Made in America: How Self-Dealing Elites Failed in Both Countries.”
A Sept. 8, 2021 CBC The Current article is entitled: “Former Afghanistan correspondent reflects on what he once believed was a ‘noble war’: Graeme Smith says he ‘drank the Kool-Aid’ when he first arrived in Kandahar to cover the war.”
An excerpt (I’ve omitted the embedded links which you can access in the original article) reads:
Smith has spent much of his career in Afghanistan, from working as a foreign correspondent for the Globe and Mail to serving as a political affairs officer for the United Nations. His new TVO documentary is called Ghosts of Afghanistan. A radio adaptation of the documentary will air on CBC’s Ideas.
Graeme Smith spoke with The Current’s Matt Galloway about what he thinks the future might hold for his friends now living under the Taliban. Here is part of their conversation.
It is a serious charge to accuse U.S. officials of deceit and duplicity in their dealings with the American people. That is arguably what happened in Vietnam, to a large extent – helping explain why the 1960s were among the worst decades in American history in terms of domestic cohesion and trust. Now, the Washington Post has accused U.S. officials of both parties and several recent administrations of a similar pattern of untruthfulness in regard to the American-led mission in Afghanistan since 2001. Does this charge hold up?
The short answer is no. The Washington Post did a disservice with this report. At a time when trust in American institutions is already weak, and U.S. officials accuse each other of lying all the time, the country does not benefit from yet more of its trusted voices being wrongly demeaned and diminished.
[By way of an update, Oct. 3, 2021: It turns out that it was the Lawfare article that was off the mark.]
CBC article and CBC The Current broadcast about Washington Post report
A Dec. 11, 2019 CBC article is entitled: “U.S. documents describe an Afghan war on the cheap that cost Canada dearly: Everyone tried to fight the war on a shoestring. Soldiers – and Afghans – paid the price.”
A Dec. 11, 2019 CBC The Current article (which includes a link to the full transcript of the broadcast to which the article refers) is entitled: “Afghans will not be surprised by documents alleging U.S. failures in war, says activist: Orzala Nemat has lived under both Taliban rule and the U.S.-led war.”