By Ben Norton – Aug 24, 2021
The Grayzone’s Ben Norton launches his show Propaganda Today discussing US war profiteering in Afghanistan and how the CIA gave birth to the Taliban and al-Qaeda.
Propaganda Today is a weekly show that Ben hosts at the independent video platform Rokfin.
In his first stream, he talks about corporate war profiteering in Afghanistan, and debunks media myths claiming Washington supposedly “spent $2 trillion and got nothing for it.”
In reality, 80 to 90% of US war spending in Afghanistan returned to the US economy through private for-profit US contractors. And the top five weapons-manufacturing military contractors received more than $2 trillion in US government funding during the war.
In the rest of the video, Ben documents the history of US meddling in Afghanistan, going back to the 1970s, showing how the CIA gave birth to the Taliban and al-Qaeda as part of Washington’s campaign to undermine and destroy socialist, communist, and left-wing nationalist movements in Muslim-majority countries by supporting far-right Islamist extremist groups.
You can watch the full 2-hour stream at Rokfin: “How US created Taliban & al-Qaeda, and behind Afghanistan war profiteering”
I did a livestream at @theRokfin discussing the history of how the CIA gave birth to the Taliban and al-Qaeda, and how 90% of US war spending in Afghanistan came back to the US economy because the vast majority went to private for-profit US contractors https://t.co/ktvC4v3fQc
— Benjamin Norton (@BenjaminNorton) August 20, 2021
Featured image: Ben Norton in his show Propaganda Today
Benjamin Norton is the founder and editor of the independent news website Multipolarista, where he does original reporting in both English and Spanish. Benjamin has reported from numerous countries, including Venezuela, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras, Colombia, and more. His journalistic work has been published in dozens of media outlets, and he has done interviews on Sky News, Al Jazeera, Democracy Now, El Financiero Bloomberg, Al Mayadeen teleSUR, RT, TRT World, CGTN, Press TV, HispanTV, Sin Censura, and various TV channels in Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Ecuador, and Bolivia. Benjamin writes a regular column for Al Mayadeen (in English and Spanish). He was formerly a reporter with the investigative journalism website The Grayzone, and previously produced the political podcast and video show Moderate Rebels. His personal website is BenNorton.com, and he tweets at @BenjaminNorton.