OT:Would 9/11 NOT Happened & Resulting 20 year US occupation without US Intervention in Afghanistan Affairs in 1979?

In 1978 Afghanistan was liberated from its dictator largely led by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA).

Foreign journalists in Kabul, reported The New York Times, were surprised to find that “nearly every Afghan they interviewed said [they were] delighted with the coup.” The Wall Street Journal reported that “150,000 persons … marched to honor the new flag … the participants appeared genuinely enthusiastic.”

The Washington Post reported that “Afghan loyalty to the government can scarcely be questioned.”

The new government instituted free medical care for the population and a mass literacy program for Afghanis.
Every girl/woman could go to high school and university. And wear western clothing.

For the United States, the problem with the PDPA government was that it was supported by the Soviet Union. Yet it was never the “puppet” derided in the West, neither was the coup against the monarchy “Soviet backed,” as the American and British press claimed at the time.

President Jimmy Carter’s secretary of state, Cyrus Vance, later wrote in his memoirs: “We had no evidence of any Soviet complicity in the coup.”

In an interview with French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur in January 1998, former U.S. National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski recounted that “according to the official version of history, CIA aid to the mujahideen began during 1980, that is, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan on December 24, 1979. But the reality, kept secret until now, is quite different: Indeed, it was on July 3, 1979, that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul.” This admission—corroborating previous disclosures by the CIA’s Charles Cogan and Robert Gates—was quite innocuous on its own, but Brzezinski was further quoted alleging that “on that day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid would lead to a Soviet military intervention.” He admitted that the administration had “knowingly increased the probability” that the Soviets would intervene militarily, and maintained that he had no regrets as the “secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap.”

The CIA under the US president’s authorization armed Muslim zealots & jihadists &fundamentalists to overthrow the PDPA government. They were trained in Pakistan. They would evolve into the Taliban.

The above was an operation to entice and trap the Soviet Union into a Vietnam type war. It worked! But with a blowback of 9/11 and 20 year US occupation of Afghanistan that was part of the War Against Terror. In other words: a BIG CLUSTERF*#&!

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But why stop at 1979?

Pete

Well the Afghanistan adventure ended up costing the US $8 trillion plus many deaths and permanent disabilities. Plus we drove millions of refugees into the EU many of which did not wish to assimilate to their culture.
IMO we took the Iran adventure to stratospheric heights in 1979!
Ah the hubris of the USA.

But if we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.
Madeleine Albright–1998
See into the future–My *ss!

Part of the story, offered as entertainment, of leveraging hysteria about “Commies”.

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It worked so well we tried it again on ourselves.

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