Shame On You, Charlie Savage

Ashamed man

We all know you know better than to write such garbage as this.

Someone says that “intelligence” says that the Russians are paying to have Americans killed in Afghanistan, huh? And you put your name on that? I mean sure, if you were David Sanger, but you’re Charlie Savage and that means that you have really done a terrible, terrible thing here.

And in paragraphs 5 and 6 you admit that you don’t know that it’s true at all.

“An operation to incentivize the killing of American and other NATO troops would be a significant and provocative escalation of what American and Afghan officials have said is Russian support for the Taliban, and it would be the first time the Russian spy unit was known to have orchestrated attacks on Western troops.

“Any involvement with the Taliban that resulted in the deaths of American troops would also be a huge escalation of Russia’s so-called hybrid war against the United States, a strategy of destabilizing adversaries through a combination of such tactics as cyberattacks, the spread of fake news and covert and deniable military operations.”

“Would.” If actually true, you mean? C’mon, now.

Jeez, they really gave you nothing huh?

“Islamist militants, or armed criminal elements closely associated with them, are believed to have collected some bounty money, the officials said. Twenty Americans were killed in combat in Afghanistan in 2019, but it was not clear which killings were under suspicion.”

How come Thomas Gibbons-Neff’s name isn’t on this article? Would he have tried to verify it or something?

We have all come to expect such dishonesty from the New York Times, and especially people like Eric Schmitt. But Charlie. Oh Charlie. This is a new low for you. Have some self-respect for chrissakes.

Update: The WSJ and Washington Post have posted the same assertions, also with no evidence whatsoever.

Update: Savage’s NYT co-conspirators follow-up with slightly more detail, but still no reason to believe.

Cross-posted over at the Institute.

Author: Scott Horton

Scott Horton is editorial director of, director of the Libertarian Institute, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from He’s the author of the 2017 book, Fool’s Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan and editor of The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019. He’s conducted more than 5,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, investigative reporter Larisa Alexandrovna Horton. He is a fan of, but no relation to the lawyer from Harper’s. Scott’s Twitter, YouTube, Patreon.

7 thoughts on “Shame On You, Charlie Savage”

  1. I recall when the USA shipped $3 billions in weapons to arm thousands of Arabs in Afghanistan who killed thousands of Russians.

    1. Yeah Really. We were responsible for viritually EVERY dead Russian shot down with Stingers I believe. Didn’t we worry later on that some may have fallen into the “wrong hands” and could be used for terror attacks on “civilian avaition” … Isn’t arming a killer who kills illegally being an accomplice in murder. Or do the rules change when the shining city on the hill kills socialists…??? Or if G-d tells us it’s O.K. Just checking…

  2. As delicious as this rumor is, it doesn’t actually make sense. The Russians no doubt want us out of Afghanistan, but we are heading towards the door. Why o why would they pull some nonsense and risk disrupting that process? I loath the mango maniac in charge of our country but this one really does have a “deep state” feel about it.

  3. The MIC and CIA will not give up thier slush funds from the drug trade anytime soon.

    October 26, 2019 Cocaine, Heroin, Cannabis, Ecstasy: How Big is the Global Drug Trade? First published in May 2014

    Of relevance to the current debate on Heroin addiction and opioids in the USA. Narcotics is big business. 90 percent of the heroin consumed in the US comes from Afghanistan.

Comments are closed.