I served in Afghanistan as a US Marine, twice. Here’s the truth in two sentences

Afghanistan has been a lie from beginning to end. From Lucas Kunce at kansascity.com:

Lucas Kunce in Sangin, Afghanistan, with local security forces in 2014.
Lucas Kunce in Sangin, Afghanistan, with local security forces in 2014. Courtesy of the Lucas Kunce campaign

What we are seeing in Afghanistan right now shouldn’t shock you. It only seems that way because our institutions are steeped in systematic dishonesty. It doesn’t require a dissertation to explain what you’re seeing. Just two sentences.

One: For 20 years, politicians, elites and D.C. military leaders lied to us about Afghanistan.

Two: What happened last week was inevitable, and anyone saying differently is still lying to you.

I know because I was there. Twice. On special operations task forces. I learned Pashto as a U.S. Marine captain and spoke to everyone I could there: everyday people, elites, allies and yes, even the Taliban.

The truth is that the Afghan National Security Forces was a jobs program for Afghans, propped up by U.S. taxpayer dollars — a military jobs program populated by nonmilitary people or “paper” forces (that didn’t really exist) and a bevy of elites grabbing what they could when they could.

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