December 2010 Truth is always war's first victim. After nine years of war in Afghanistan, costing over $100 billion in taxpayer money, Americans still don't know the full truth about this murky conflict. Three reports about Afghanistan emerged last week in Washington. First, a political whitewash issued by the Obama White House claiming the war was going well and some US troops might be withdrawn next year. Second, the Red Cross issued a grim report showing that Afghans were suffering widespread malnutrition and serious health problems under Western occupation. So much for US-led nation-building.
Third, there were leaks about a new National Intelligence Estimate (NIE), the combined findings of all 16 US intelligence agencies. This key intelligence report is explosive and may not be fully revealed.
The NIE reportedly asserts that the $13 billion a month Afghan War is at best stalemated; at worse, Western occupation forces are on the defensive and their vulnerable supply lines increasingly threatened. Taleban is expanding its control.