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Ex-Afghan finance minister Payenda blames
‘ghost soldiers’ for Taliban victory

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Posted By: Ribicon, 11/12/2021 8:21:10 PM

Afghanistan’s former finance minister is blaming hundreds of thousands of “ghost soldiers” for letting Kabul fall into Taliban hands as America withdrew all military personnel from the country. Khalid Payenda, who stepped down from his post shortly after the Taliban takeover in August, told the BBC that nearly 300,000 soldiers and police were invented by corrupt officials to fill government books so generals could pocket their wages and accept payment from the Taliban.(Snip)“It ran all the way to the top. Unfortunately, they did not see the urgency.” The US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) said in a 2016 report that “neither the United States nor its Afghan

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You can bet that American tax dollars subsidized the salaries of these nonexistent soldiers, and provided them with arms and uniforms and whatever else. The Pentagon is generous that way, while keeping us safe from foreign aggressors.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Stencil 11/12/2021 8:46:03 PM (No. 975832)
Subsidized? More likely totally paid for by us. The Afghans aren’t that stupid. Ghost soldiers, indeed.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Come And Take It 11/12/2021 8:46:44 PM (No. 975835)
The Afghans are little more than a gaggle of tribes run by warlords. They are not capable of forming a working society on their own, and will revert to type as soon as a stabilizing power such as the US leaves. I suppose China will try next, and they will eventually meet the same fate as America, Russia, and Great Britain before it. You are not going to civilize these inbreds, no matter how much blood and coin you expend trying to.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone 11/12/2021 8:48:29 PM (No. 975836)
How could all the be medaled US Generals who commanded the US and NATO troops in Afghanistan for twenty years not know about the corruption of the Afghan armed forces and even how many Afghan soldiers even existed, as the US and NATO militaries were supposedly training the Afghan Army during those years? Both the current US Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are two of those Generals.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: kono 11/12/2021 10:42:59 PM (No. 975918)
A finance minister named Payenda?
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Reply 5 - Posted by: MDConservative 11/12/2021 11:50:39 PM (No. 975942)
Exactly what were we doing over there but enriching everyone involved, from puppet Afghan government to the Taliban and tribal warlords? It took 20 years to figure this out? Of course not. We wasted American lives on these criminals, rug merchants who laughed up their sleeves at our apparent stupidity. The American public was duped thinking this was about "freedom"...it never was.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Strike3 11/13/2021 4:40:06 AM (No. 976022)
Once Biden pulled our troops out, it didn't matter if their soldiers were ghosts or real. Twenty years fighting over a piece of rock populated by goat farmers does not seem like a wise use of our armed forces.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Kumoan 11/13/2021 1:31:07 PM (No. 976482)
Amazing that 17 security agencies had no clue about the actual stste of affairs in Afghastlistan.
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