The war in Afghanistan, one of the longest conflicts in U.S. history, was marked by extensive waste, fraud, and corruption, resulting in trillions of dollars being spent by American taxpayers.
The war was ostensibly launched to eliminate the threat posed by the Taliban and to find and capture Osama bin Laden, the purported mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. While bin Laden was eventually found and killed in Pakistan, the war continued for two decades, and the U.S. government, in conjunction with its allies, spent trillions of dollars on military equipment, infrastructure, and personnel.
But not everyone has suffered from the war. According to the U.S. government’s own reports, certain private military contractors and other companies made significant profits from the conflict. Some of these companies were contracted to provide various services to the military, such as transportation, security, and construction. The government’s reliance on these contractors for their services led to them receiving billions of dollars in payments.
Reports suggest that high-ranking officials in the Afghan government and military also benefited from the conflict. Corruption became widespread, and funds earmarked for military and infrastructure development were often siphoned off by officials. This behavior did not go unnoticed by the Afghan people, already suffering from a lack of basic services and economic stability.
The poorly planned recent withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has further complicated the situation. The Taliban has regained control of the country, and it remains unclear what will happen to the billions of dollars in military equipment and infrastructure left behind by the U.S. government. Additionally, there are concerns that the Taliban’s resurgence may result in an increase in violence and a decrease in the country’s stability.
Learn more about the Afghanistan War profiteers and more in Lee Camp’s latest video: You Won’t Believe Who Got The Richest From The Afghanistan War.
Lee Camp is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and activist. Camp is the host of Behind The Headlines’ new series: The Most Censored News With Lee Camp. He is a former comedy writer for the Onion and the Huffington Post and has been a touring stand-up comic for 20 years.