The Washington Post reported Monday the Pentagon officials told a watchdog for many years about their profound concerns regarding the U.S. war plan in Afghanistan, for example, senior officials that were more optimistic.
The Washington Post got thousands of records from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, the government’s watchdog about the war, which interviewed over 600 individuals. The Post got the interviews via a Freedom of Information Act and also two federal lawsuits.
The revelation comes as U.S. President Donald Trump and the Pentagon seem to draw down the number of forces from Afghanistan to concentrate more on combating al Qaeda and Islamic State since the government hopes to get a peace agreement with the Taliban.
America went to Afghanistan in 2001 and ousted its Taliban leaders when they refused to hand over members of their al Qaeda militant group supporting the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.
Around 2,400 U.S. service associates are murdered in the Afghan conflict and several thousands more injured.
“We had been devoid of a basic comprehension of Afghanistan — we did not understand what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star general who had been given a central part in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. President George W. Bush, told Reuters in 2015, the Post said.
Army commanders during the war openly discussed their hopes that the battle in Afghanistan has been turning into a corner as the Taliban held on to big areas of the nation and murdered U.S. and Afghan forces — without even needing any air combat capacity.
However, the U.S. military leaders have occasionally discussed their concerns regarding the war, especially when looking for increases in troops or in capacities required to combat the Taliban.
Flynn afterward served as Trump’s national security advisor.
“We’re not likely to have the U.S. Army from Afghanistan unless we are careful to realize that something is happening that will offer the stability that’ll be crucial for us to depart,” Rumsfeld stated in one outdated 2002.