Douglas Wissing's in-depth reporting on the ongoing war in Afghanistan is drawing some wide-ranging attention from media outlets throughout the country. Here's a quick round up of the recent notable appearances.
Wissing appeared Thursday on the Reuters War College podcast, speaking about the chances of the war ending and how the United States got into this situation in the first place.
The Week also profiled Wissing as a part of its coverage of the war. In that interview, Wissing said an intelligence officer told him privately that the powers that be consider Afghanistan to be "the perfect war." Perfect, that is, for making money.
One really smart intelligence officer one day in Laghman Province, he was on an embattled forward operating base and he clearly had been up all night. We were standing outside and he started telling me that he had been a narcotics detective in Las Vegas. "You know, this war is just like the Mafia. It's just like Las Vegas, you know. Everybody gets their cut," he said. "It's the perfect war. Everybody makes money."
I took that and started talking to more officers and began to learn about things like how our money helps finance the Taliban. I started doing hundreds of interviews with everybody from security soldiers who had been on the ground to generals and ambassadors and congresspeople, and I began to understand that there was this toxic network that connected ambitious American careerists who profit on military development and industrial development corporations, corrupt Afghan insiders, and the Taliban. It was as the soldier said: It was the perfect war. Everybody was making money. Everybody was benefiting — everyone, of course, but the American taxpayers and the Afghan people.
Finally, Wissing made a local appearance on the WFHB program Big Talk! w/ Michael Glab this week. That interview is available for your listening pleasure here.