‘Our friends didn’t have to die’: Afghanistan Papers surface pain and familiar frustrations

Rob Williams, a former Army infantryman who served in two deployments to Afghanistan, said the mission wasn’t any clearer years after Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld himself couldn’t identify the enemy. “We didn’t know who we were fighting,” Williams told The Post on Monday, describing deployments in 2007 and 2011.

Williams and other veterans wondered if the revelations in the report were obvious to veterans the entire time.

Kelly, the Marine Corps veteran, saw through one common Pentagon talking point — that fierce fighting indicated the desperation of insurgents — once his unit understood their Afghan mission was to essentially become a tourniquet on a war that had gone from bad to worse.

“Nobody could have possibly looked at that and thought, ‘Yeah, we’re winning,’ ” he said.

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