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"The military-industrial complex is the biggest winner in the war in Afghanistan"

News 9 Live reported:

Julian Assange speaking in 2011: “The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war” #Afghanistan

In 2011, Julian Assange, the prolific founder of Wikileaks, released a compendium of some 91,000 leaked reports labelled The Afghan War Diary.

At a time when the US leadership was not interested in sharing the ground realities of the US war on terror, the leaks by Assange painted a grim picture.

The Afghan War Diary was a shameful documentation of all the varied failings of the US-led coalition in Afghanistan. War crimes, lies and a complete lack of accountability to US administrators were all part of the revelations contained in these documents.

While there is plenty to unpack in the documents, the significant part for the current discussion is the role of the so-called military-industrial complex in not only sustaining the war but also profiting off it.

Indeed, if allegations are to be believed, the military-industrial complex is the biggest winner in the war in Afghanistan with the war funnelling trillions of dollars of taxpayer money directly into the pockets of five big US defence companies that were involved in the American war effort...

... the entire US military apparatus is concealed in what can only be referred to as an unnecessary mystery.

In 2018, the Pentagon faced its first-ever audit and it failed miserably. Over 1,000 external auditors carried out 21 individual audits of which the Pentagon only managed to pass five.

Up until that point, the US military had persistently dodged efforts to audit its spending and its assets, often claiming that the scale of the Department of Defence made any such effort entirely unfeasible.

After the 2018 audit, the Pentagon failed two more audits with no expectation of passing one any time soon.

This meant that effectively speaking, the US military did not have a paper trail to prove how equipment much it owned, where it spent its cash and even how many bases it actually owned worldwide.

But there may now be an opportunity to change all of this. As the US winds down its war in the ‘Middle East’ and refocuses its attention to China and the Indo-Pacific, there is an opportunity to finally bring accountability into the military-industrial complex. []



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