The Afghanistan Papers: A Reappraisal of an Appraisal

A little known agency, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), undertook the audit in 2014. The little-known government watchdog spent $11 million on the project, hired 600 staff. They recorded some 400 interviews. SIGAR’s mission: to assemble the Lessons Learned from the 18-year campaign in Afghanistan, 2,430 American soldiers dead, 775,000 deployed.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, the Washington Post demanded that the study of the war in Afghanistan be made public. The newspaper won. They dubbed the report the Afghanistan Papers. They have told SIGAR’s story. The findings ring with the force of truth finally spoken…[FULL STORY]

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