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Official says Afghan war is plagued by 'mendacity'

Jan 16, 2020 - The Washington Post

The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction told Congress on Wednesday that U.S. officials have routinely lied to the public during the 18-year war by exaggerating progress reports and inflating statistics to create a false appearance of success.

'There's an odor of mendacity throughout the Afghanistan issue . . . mendacity and hubris,' John F. Sopko said in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee. 'The problem is there is a disincentive, really, to tell the ...