During the 1980s, the U.S. financed, armed, and trained the Mujahideen in what proved to be their successful campaign to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan. In other words, they paid the Mujahideen to kill Soviet soldiers.
The Taliban, which held the country during the 90s, was removed in 2001 by the U.S. and its allies in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Then, having occupied the country – and precisely as did the Soviets two decades earlier – the occupier set up a Quisling regime and instructed it to invite it to stay. And the Taliban have been fighting a low-grade war ever since, in an effort to drive the Americans out of the country.
Just as Soviet troops being in Afghanistan in the 80s were inimical to American interests, American troops there now are inimical to the interests of the Russians. And so, not unlike the Americans vis a vis the Mujahideen in the 80s, they’re financing and arming and training the Taliban in their campaign to drive the Americans out. One way to say this, were one so disposed, is that the Russians are putting a bounty on American soldiers, just as one way to have said it, had one been so disposed, was that the Americans were putting a bounty on Russian soldiers.
This is what enemies do. It’s what enemies are supposed to do. To whinge when one’s enemy does what one’s enemy is supposed to do isn’t just churlish. It’s downright unmanly.
The media is all abuzz right now about what members of the Trump Administration knew and when they knew it. This is silly. They’ve known it for almost two decades. Who did they think they were fighting the last nineteen years?!
The bounty story isn’t so much fake news as it is not news at all. But the way it’s being spun, it’s proving to be yet another nail in poor Donald Trump’s coffin. Covid 19, George Floyd, and now this. The man just can’t seem to catch a break.