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Chapter : President and Defense Leaders on U.S. Engagement in Afghanistan : November 28 and December 12, 2019
President and Defense Leaders on U.S. Engagement in Afghanistan : November 28 and December 12, 2019
After a three-year legal battle with the federal government, on December 9, 2019, The Washington Post published the results of its investigation into the costs and consequences of U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. The six-part investigation, known as the Afghanistan Papers, recounted in detail how the U.S. government, including senior political and military leaders, systematically misled the public about the war’s true costs and the odds of victory. Military officials and President Donald Trump tried to downplay the report’s findings, noting ongoing successes in combating terrorist groups operating in the region along with progress on talks ...