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“The Fake News continues to push the narrative that I had Covid before my first debate. My chief of staff, Mark Meadows, confirmed that I did not have covid before or during the debate. Biden goes around coughing on people all over the place, and the Corrupt News does not even cover it. They continue to shield Biden, who has been a disaster not only on covid but on the Border of the Economy, Inflation, Afghanistan, gas prices, and everything else.”
Trump’s obnoxious jibe at U.S. general
Erstwhile President Donald Trump made headlines for all the wrong reasons yet again on Monday by calling a top U.S. general “a f**ing idiot.”
The remark came as part of Trump’s backlash regarding the U.S. exit strategy from Afghanistan.
Trump referred to the end of the U.S. war in Afghanistan, launched in the wake of Al-Qaeda’s attacks on the World Trade Centre in New York and the Pentagon in Washington DC.
The chain of events
While speaking about the military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Trump made the obscene remark directed at General Mark Milley.
In a video posted on Twitter, Trump criticized the U.S. military’s exit strategy from Afghanistan. He said that he wanted it to be done while securing all of the American equipment when he planned the withdrawal.
“I said, the moment we get out, I want every nut, every bolt, every screw … we’re taking everything,” Trump said.
Trump then recounted a story in which General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supposedly told him it was cheaper to leave the equipment than to fly it back.
“That’s when I realized he was a f**ing idiot,” Trump said.
Trump minces words
In his speech at Palm Beach, Trump supported the false claims that the U.S. left behind $85 million worth of equipment in Afghanistan.
The truth of the affair
The cost quotation is, however, heavily exaggerated. The $85 million figure is, in reality, the amount spent by the U.S. on developing Afghanistan as a state since 2001. This includes training of troops posted there, remuneration, and other infrastructure costs over two decades of U.S. involvement.
The actual figure is only $18 billion was spent on equipping Afghans between 2002 and 2018, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction in June 2019. The defense policy analyst also added that most of the machinery would have become obsolete.
Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie was quoted in August saying that Americans disabled 27 Humvees and 73 aircraft never to be used again. U.S. forces also disabled the Counter Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar System as their last actions.
Milley himself called the war a “strategic failure” in a testimony made to a Congress Committee and said the U.S. needed to consider whether it made the Afghan government too dependent on foreign aid.
“We helped build a state, but we could not forge a nation,” Milley told the Senate committee. “The fact that the Afghan army, our partners, and we trained melted away – in many cases without firing a shot – took us all by surprise. It would be dishonest to claim otherwise.”
An Undercover War with the Truth
According to a report by the Washington Post, senior U.S. officials concealed the truth about the events that transpired regarding the war in Afghanistan. They also allegedly hid irrefutable evidence that the war was a waiting game headed towards a defeat for the U.S.
“The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials,” the report quotes.
After a three-year legal battle, the Washington Post won the rights to release the documents under the Freedom of Information Act.
“We were devoid of a fundamental understanding of Afghanistan — we didn’t know what we were doing,” Douglas Lute, a three-star Army general who served as the White House’s Afghan war czar during the Bush and Obama administrations, told government interviewers in 2015. He added: “What are we trying to do here? We didn’t have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.”
“If the American people knew of the magnitude of this dysfunction… 2400 lives lost,” Lute added, blaming the deaths of U.S. military personnel on bureaucratic breakdowns among Congress, the Pentagon, and the State Department. “Who will say this was in vain?”