By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
Published: 13:27 GMT, 9 December 2019 | Updated: 13:44 GMT, 9 December 2019
US officials repeatedly lied to the public about the war in Afghanistan for its 18 year duration by hiding the fact that it was unwinnable and troops were out of their depth, The Washington Post has claimed.
In a lengthy article published on Monday, the Post claims that top officials knew the military's chances were slim but that they routinely hid the grave reality and made 'rosy pronouncements' about it instead.
The cache of documents includes interviews that the government carried out with senior military personnel which the newspaper obtained through a Freedom of Information request.
Among the interviewees is General Douglas Lute, who served under Bush and Obama.
He blamed the 2,400 lives lost in the war to 'bureaucratic breakdowns' and said the problems began because the US lacked a 'fundamental understanding' of Afghanistan.
In a lengthy article published on Monday, the Post claims that top officials knew the military's chances were slim but that they routinely hid the grave reality and made 'rosy pronouncements' about it instead. US troops are shown in Afghanistan in August 2018
He told government interviewers in 2015: 'What are we trying to do here? We didn't have the foggiest notion of what we were undertaking.
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