And even Jimmy Dore (I get my news from other sources too, promise!) made out it was a failed attempt to get rid of al-qaeda, unchallenged by Aaron Mate, though they did at least rubbish the women's rights claim:
Had a brief look at Mark Curtis' website but recent history only seems to look at atrocities committed by US/UK troops and diplomatic cables showing disagreements with the Afghan govt, not reporting anything on the underlying geopolitical motives for being there as far as I could tell: markcurtis.info/2018/01/25/afghanistan-declassified/
I'd like to know if anyone's aware of any evidence that has emerged for these real motives? We all know that the US empire doesn't spend so much money & effort occupying such a distant corner of the globe without getting something significant back in return. Was it to control pipelines, make money off the opium or other resources, give the military & corporate contractors something to do, or simply another reiteration of the Great Game, occupying a strategic place to stop other powers muscling in and exert control over the region? Any high-level leaks let the mask slip yet? It's been 20 years, surely something should have come out by now...