Afghanistan war made US military contractors wealthy: Writer


According to renowned author Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the war in Afghanistan has largely been “a wealth transfer” to American military contractors.

Press TV: The influential contemporary writer, who weighed in on the truth behind the US debacle in Afghanistan, said in a tweet on Saturday that it was a transfer of money from taxpayers to the military contractors.

Afghanistan: largely a wealth transfer from U.S. taxpayers to military contractors.

— Nassim Nicholas Taleb (@nntaleb) August 21, 2021

The war on Afghanistan was “largely a wealth transfer from US taxpayers to military contractors,” Taleb explained in simple terms as the reason behind the bloody occupation

The comments by the Lebanese-American scholar and businessman, who wrote one of the most influential books in recent decades leaving a huge impact, The Black Swan, resonated with what other analysts had earlier said about the role of military contractors in the US war of Afghanistan (2001-2021).

Saqib Qureshi, a visiting fellow at the London School of Economics, wrote a recent Newsweek op-ed entitled “Taliban Didn’t Win in Afghanistan, the Defense Contractors Did.”

On Twitter, many responded to Taleb’s post by noting that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had pointed out years ago that the real objective behind the US war on Afghanistan was “to have an endless war, not a successful war,” to “wash money out of the tax bases of the United States…into the hands of the transnational security elite.”

While resonating with Assange’s fact-based viewpoint, Taleb also clarified that his comments were rooted in his mathematical perspective and epistemological assessment, insisting on having no relation to conspiracy theories spread in some circles.

“I am not claiming conspiracy, just facts,” Taleb said responding to one of the commentators who said that Julian Assange said a similar point.

— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 21, 2021

“I am not claiming conspiracy, just facts,” he said.

In the meantime, US government agencies sources directly engaged in the war, including the US Department of Defense, the State Department, USAID, and the like, have spent roughly $887 billion in the country; however, with indirect expenses added, it is estimated that the full cost of war on Afghanistan to be more than $2.26 trillion.

US President Joe Biden decided to end America’s longest war and withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by August 31, 2021, after Americans realized that the taxpayers had got nothing in return to pay for the 20 years of occupation.

“Not only did the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq make bad situations worse, but the fact that no one in Washington was able to define ‘victory’ and think in terms of an exit strategy has meant that the wars and instability are still with us. In their wake have been hundreds of thousands of deaths and trillions of dollars spent to accomplish absolutely nothing,” according to former American counter-terrorism specialist and military intelligence officer of the CIA, Philip Giraldi.

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    • Will never see the light of day on MSM. The neocons were determined not to make same mistakes as Nixon. If the young people don’t raise a ruckus, no one will. Unfortunately, they believe the BS and keep buying war themed video games. Then, when they come out of parents basement, they enlist.

  1. When Ike was warning the nation on his way out he was saying it’s too late already. What he was saying about staying vigilant meant that he knew that it was out of control.

    “The prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever present and is gravely to be regarded.”

    He warned enough because he created it and knew where it was going.

  2. This is the type of image of USA that the world (particularly ME) hates. Selfish bastards that sell arms, kill innocents people and ruin countries – all in the name of “democracy”! But what goes around comes around.

  3. Rip off the band aid, and shut down the gravy.

    Profiting off war is despicable. It was made practically illegal in ww2 and should have stayed that way. Not what we sign up for. Only demons would do that.

    If we don’t make it a ballot issue, get ready for more. We are dealing with spoiled children.

  4. What? Contractors are only in it for the moolah? Who would have thunk it? I suppose next you’re going to tell me that it wasn’t 19 Arabs and Osama bin Laden who did 9/11. That would make all the wars of this century wars of aggression and every president since 2001 a war criminal. Wake me up when they all have one-way tickets to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Actually, don’t wake me up. I’m enjoying this dream way too much.

  5. As a former D/Army procurement slug, it is my opinion that many contracts were written for weapon systems that were never used or were inappropriate for warfare in the Middle East. Bottom line justification. “It’s for the Warfighter.” On top of everything, there was very limited competition among these contractors many of whom were populated by good old boy military. A real inside game.Sort of like the vaccine production scenario. Taxpayers be damned.

    • If you don’t bid high enough, you are laughed at and sent away. That is the gravy.
      When a new supplier gets their first contract, they cannot stop drooling.
      It is an addiction, and the people who do not vote against war are the pushers.
      Supply needs to be shut down. Fix what they have, and deal with it.

    • What closes the loop is Congress critters pressuring you to give contracts to their inept constituents. Dems and GOP both. The DOD budget is obscene but they ALL approve it. No one since Fulbright even asks questions except Ron Paul. The MICC is out of control and feeds off taxpayer’s misguided perception of patriotism. We can buy “smart” bombs to kill phantom terrorists but grunts have relatives sending them toothpaste. It really is unreal.

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