The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there.
His falsehoods about allies and the Soviets reach a new low.
As reprehensible was Mr. Trump’s utterly false narrative of the Soviet Union’s involvement there in the 1980s. He said: “The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there.”.
Right to be there? We cannot recall a more absurd misstatement of history by an American President. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan with three divisions in December 1979 to prop up a fellow communist government.
The invasion was condemned throughout the non-communist world. The Soviets justified the invasion as an extension of the Brezhnev Doctrine, asserting their right to prevent countries from leaving the communist sphere. They stayed until 1989.
The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a defining event in the Cold War, making clear to all serious people the reality of the communist Kremlin’s threat. Mr. Trump’s cracked history can’t alter that reality.
In 1979, during the Cold War, the Soviets invaded Afghanistan to shore up a Communist regime that had seized power the year prior in a coup. The Communists were extremely unpopular, and insurgents backed by the US were trying to topple that government. The Soviet invasion had absolutely nothing to do with terrorism.
Russians themselves have long regarded the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan as a terrible mistake, but now, under Putin, there is a push to revise history. Not even Fox News has signed on to this revisionism. It's just Putin and now Trump.