- Feb 6, 2014
A Marine veteran has gone viral after 'exposing' what he believes are lies the US military leaders have allegedly been telling Americans along with the rest of the world...Lucas Kunce...wrote an elaborate essay for the Kansas City Star...
Kunce, who describes himself as a "13-Year Marine Veteran, Afghanistan/Iraq Vet, Arms Control Negotiator, National Security Expert" and antitrust advocate, is also a Democratic candidate for US Senate. Kunce claims that the current situation in Afghanistan... shouldn't come as a shock. Kunce claims 'DC military leaders' have lied to the general people for 20 years, and instead of leaving in 2021, they should have left back in 2003 itself…
"What we are seeing in Afghanistan right now shouldn’t shock you. It only seems that way because our institutions are steeped in systematic dishonesty," Kunce opens in his essay, continuing: "It doesn’t require a dissertation to explain what you’re seeing. Just two sentences. One: For 20 years, politicians, elites and DC military leaders lied to us about Afghanistan. Two: What happened last week was inevitable, and anyone saying differently is still lying to you."
..."I know because I was there. Twice. On special operations task forces. I learned Pashto as a US Marine captain and spoke to everyone I could there: everyday people, elites, allies and yes, even the Taliban. The truth is that the Afghan National Security Forces was a jobs program for Afghans, propped up by U.S. taxpayer dollars — a military jobs program populated by nonmilitary people or “paper” forces (that didn’t really exist) and a bevy of elites grabbing what they could when they could."
Kunce then highlights: "You probably didn’t know that. That’s the point. And it wasn’t just in Afghanistan. They also lied about Iraq. I led a team of Marines training Iraqi security forces to defend their country. When I arrived I received a “stoplight” chart on their supposed capabilities in dozens of missions and responsibilities. Green meant they were good...red said they couldn’t do it at all. I was delighted to see how far along they were on paper — until I actually began working with them. I attempted to adjust the charts to reflect reality and was quickly shut down. The ratings could not go down. That was the deal. It was the kind of lie that kept the war going."
...The right call was getting out in 2002. 2003. Every year we didn’t get out was another year the Taliban used to refine their skills and tactics against us — the best fighting force in the world. After two decades, $2 trillion and nearly 2,500 American lives lost, 2021 was way too late to make the right call. You’d think when it all came crumbling down around them, they’d accept the truth. Think again…
..."Elitist hacks are even blaming the American people for what happened last week. The same American people that they spent years lying to about Afghanistan. Are you kidding me? We deserve better. Instead of politicians spending $6.4 trillion to “nation build” in the Middle East, we should start nation building right here at home…
...For 20 years, politicians, elites and DC military leaders lied to us about Afghanistan. What happened last week was inevitable, and anyone saying differently is still lying to you...”