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.
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.”