Here's a 2009 piece I did for Counterpunch and the Future of Freedom Foundation on the lies that permeated the first 8 years of the Afghan war. The New Yorker cartoon at the left is from 1988. Unfortunately, Washington didn't learn.
October 9, 2009
It seems like only yesterday that President George W. Bush was bragging about having given "freedom and democracy" to 25 million Afghans. This was a key theme of his second inaugural address, and it helped Bush preen as the conqueror of the world.
For 8 years, the American people have been fed one big lie after another regarding Afghanistan. Now, when the Pentagon is saber-rattling to vastly increase the number of U.S. troops sent there, a refresher course on the Biggest Lies is in order.
In his State of the Union address on January 29, 2002, Bush frightened Americans with a bogus nuclear threat: "Our discoveries in Afghanistan confirmed our worst fears. . . . We have found diagrams of American nuclear power plants and public water facilities" in caves used by Al Qaeda.