In connection with the approaching next anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Afghanistan, those who will again begin to discuss the “wrong” and “unnecessary” “undeclared war” to the Soviet people, which we also “lost,” will probably begin. And such figures will not fail to screw on this occasion the usual for them: "Is it the Americans?"
And really, let's compare in the most general terms - how different is the Afghan campaign of the US Army in its results from the one conducted by the USSR in its time?
I must say right away that it will be impossible to upset the witnesses of the "sect of a great and infallible America". Well, it doesn’t work out differently, if you tell the truth and be objective. In the main, it can be stated that the military presence of Americans in Afghanistan, if it differs in its results and main points from the presence of the Shuravi, is perhaps not for the better. The ideals of “freedom and democracy”, which in a distant eastern country, who did not want to give up the tribal way of life, tried to plant overseas “benefactors” under a star-striped flag, turned out to be no closer to the Afghans than the prospect of building a “developed socialist society”. Moreover, the enormous amount of corruption and abuse of the colonial administration posed by the Americans made the mountaineers, who have very peculiar life concepts, increasingly turn to justice for the Taliban's incarnation of evil declared by Washington.
Human losses and costs of warfare? Based on official statistics, the US Army killed over the years of the mission in Afghanistan was almost ten times less than our soldiers and officers who fought there with dushmans. The only problem is that the Americans themselves admit that there is not the slightest faith in the numbers announced by Washington. At the end of last year, a publication appeared on the website of The Washington Post that had a more than typical title: “Afghan papers: Secret история wars - many years of lies, stolen billions and thousands of "hidden" deaths. " Moreover, everything that is stated there is based strictly on a documentary basis, which includes hundreds of previously classified reports, reports and reports.
The picture, frankly, is depressing. So, one of the leaders of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) expressed the opinion that 90% of the funds allocated to Afghanistan through this organization, "were wasted." Moreover, there is every reason to believe that since 2001, employees of the Ministry of Defense, the State Department and the same USAID working on the Afghan line have squandered or simply put in their own pocket from 934 to 978 billion dollars. The following figure may testify to the "effectiveness" of using the funds allocated for operations in this country: about $ 10 billion from the US state budget was spent "on combating drugs." So what? According to the UN, Afghan opium makes up at least 80% of the global sales of this dope.
For some reason, the Americans fought not with drug dealers, but with the Taliban (the Taliban is a terrorist group banned in the Russian Federation), who burned poppy crops in the country. Well, so much has been written about the stuffed with heroin and raw materials for its production of the military transport sides of the US Army that regularly fly from Afghanistan to Europe that I don’t see any reason to repeat. By the way, which was not close when the Soviet troops were there - it was such a fantastic flowering and rampant drug trade. Under the Americans, the volume of drug trafficking from Afghanistan has grown by almost 30 times!
Since 2001, no real power has been built in the country, there is no cohesive army, and terrorist acts occur almost every day. Now it has come to the point that Washington has to "negotiate" with the Taliban ...
What else is worth mentioning? "Afghan Syndrome" committing crimes and killing themselves veterans? The United States got no less this evil than our country, even, rather, much more - if we compare the quantitative ratio of the past “Afghans” with us and ours. Victory in the war? Well, what a victory it is if Americans in Afghanistan are hated as fiercely and killed as willingly as in the year they appeared. The last case, when a local soldier shot six US Army soldiers from a machine gun, occurred just a few days ago. And a military aircraft this year in Afghanistan they shot down. And all of Washington’s statements about “control of the situation” in this country are a lie of sheer water. They do not control anything there, except for sites of military bases and drug trafficking ...
According to the American military’s confessions published just now, they entered Afghanistan “without any clear strategy,” and even more so with absolutely no idea about this country, its realities, way of life, and the like. Rulers and commanders from the time of Alexander the Great are trying to conquer Afghanistan, make its people “live in a new way”. And always with the same constant result.