A liberal newspapers publishes documents that reveal a long history of deceit, war crimes, and wasted blood and treasure by the US military in Afghanistan. So of course immediately after publication Congress gives the military still more money. From Darius Shahtamasebi at themindunleashed.com:
We can’t let the Afghanistan Papers obscure itself into nothingness.
If you need more proof that lawmakers in the U.S. couldn’t care less about America’s woeful commitment to human rights abroad—or even care about the public who vote them into office—look no further than the recent Afghanistan papers and the reaction to the publications from Congress.
According to the Washington Post, the outlet had obtained 2,000 pages of notes from interviews with more than 400 generals, diplomats, and other officials directly involved in the war. The documents showed that U.S. officials were lying about the progress being made in Afghanistan, lacked a basic understanding of Afghanistan, were hiding unmistakable evidence that the war had become unwinnable, and wasted close to $1 trillion in the process.
Barely a few hours following the Post’s publication, Congress rewardedthe Pentagon for its stellar efforts with a $22 billion budget increase. How can we as a society justify this?