Truth, Lies, and Afghanistan
Sun, 09/16/2012 - 09:50
One of the most telling bits (boldface mine):
A January 2011 report by the Afghan NGO Security Office noted that public statements made by U.S. and ISAF leaders at the end of 2010 were “sharply divergent from IMF, [international military forces, NGO-speak for ISAF] ‘strategic communication’ messages suggesting improvements. We encourage [nongovernment organization personnel] to recognize that no matter how authoritative the source of any such claim, messages of the nature are solely intended to influence American and European public opinion ahead of the withdrawal, and are not intended to offer an accurate portrayal of the situation for those who live and work here.”
In other words... if you actually work here in Afghanistan, don't pay attention to the Western media or politicians, because it's full of deliberate lies to manipulate public opinion.