NYT Still Joking Around About Dead Americans in Afghanistan

Do they have editors at this paper anymore, or it’s all just pre-packaged in Langley?

In an article about three marines who should have never been in Afghanistan in the first place getting killed there in a suicide truck bombing last year, they 1 try to push their Russian bounties hoax some more, while 2 admitting that they’ve got no case to make even though this is their 9th or 10th article in a series on this obvious lie:

“American intelligence agencies are investigating whether that car bomb was detonated at the behest of a Russian military agency paying bounties to Afghan militia groups for killing American troops. Such a possibility, if true, would be a staggering repudiation of Mr. Trump’s yearslong embrace of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. Thus far, there is no conclusive evidence linking the deaths to any kind of Russian bounty.”

Yeah, yeah. “If true”; the story of the last four years of Russiagate lies in two words.

They then helpfully remind us:

The investigation into the deaths of the three Marines continues. Although Mr. Trump has dismissed the suspected Russian payments as “fake news,” Congress has begun hearings into the matter. Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that while the government so far lacks proof that any Russian bounties caused specific military casualties, “we are still looking.”

As that famous liar Donald Rumsfeld said about Iraq’s unconventional weapons, “absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” Good enough for the newspaper of record, of course.

Cross-posted at the Institute.

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.

Scott Horton Week on the Tom Woods Show

Libertarian author and podcaster Tom Woods hosted Antiwar.com editorial director Scott Horton on his show all week this week as a fundraiser to support the writing of Scott’s upcoming book on the terror wars.

Listen to the interviews here:

Day One: Current War on Terrorism Overview

Day Two: Somalia

Day Three: Iraq War II

Day Four: Iraq War III and Syria

Day Five: Yemen

Send a Message to the White House!

Complaining to them doesn’t usually do much good, but when Donald Trump does something right and important like order troops out of Syria and some out of Afghanistan, he needs to be told that the American people out here in the country agree and support this decision. Especially when all of TV is against it.

Just think, what if all he hears is complaints from the war party and crickets from the people? It would be a catastrophe.

Call the White House at 202-456-6213 or send them an email at https://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

It takes hardly any effort and can really help on the margin here yall, so c’mon.

Hey and why not add you’d like to see the troops home from Yemen, Somalia and Iraq too.

Fool’s Errand EPUB Now Available

The electronic version of my book is now available on Barnes and Noble, Apple Books (no link, but it’s there on the app), KoboSmashwords and very soon will be on Google Play books as well.

The paperback and Kindle versions and all these above are the very latest version of the text with some typos fixed and things. So all of you who’ve already read it, buy it again!

Audiobook here.

Thanks very much to Mike Dworski and Grant Smith.