War! What is it good for? Profit and power.
Twelve years in Afghanistan down the memory hole.
An in-depth look at the civilian toll of America’s longest war.
A key to The Nation's interactive database.
A recounting of three horrific US/ISAF civilian massacres, the procedures implemented to prevent such events from happening again—and why those procedures were inadequate.
Coalition forces sometimes pay compensation to civilian victims and survivors of the suffering we have inflicted—but ISAF keeps no comprehensive records, and the US military denies all responsibility.
Even among staunchly antiwar politicians and pundits, few bother to mention the cost of the war to civilians.
If you want stats from the government, you better be prepared to pay.
Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself put it best: “Because of civilian casualties, I think we have just about eroded our credibility here.”
Despite rules of engagement to the contrary, such targeting pervades the entire chain of command—up to the Oval Office.