Perhaps the single weirdest part of Trump’s incoherent rambling during that “cabinet meeting” yesterday was his diatribe about Russia and Afghanistan. He actually claimed that losing in Afghanistan is why the Soviet Union had to “go back” to being Russia. Other than that the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, virtually every word of it was not just wrong but straight out of Trump’s fantasy world.
And they didn’t go back to being Russia because they never were Russia. Russia was one of seven different countries that were part of the Soviet Union. But this part is truly the one that takes the cake:
“Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. Russia. … And literally they went bankrupt; they went into being called Russia again, as opposed to the Soviet Union.”…
As for Afghanistan’s role? It was perhaps among the many reasons the USSR collapsed. But it was not the reason.
“I think most scholars would agree that Afghanistan was a contributing factor in the Soviet collapse, but I don’t think anyone would go so far as to pin sole blame for the collapse on Afghanistan or to say that the Soviets went ‘bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan,’ ” said Sarah Cameron, a historian who studies Russia and the Soviet Union at the University of Maryland.
“The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia.”
This is simply not true. The Soviet Union ventured into Afghanistan as part of its effort to prop up communism abroad, not because terrorists were striking the Soviet homeland.
“The most shameless Soviet propagandist never claimed that Afghan terrorists were attacking Russia,” said Barnett Rubin, an Afghanistan expert at New York University. “You can read all Soviet media in the 1980s and never find anything this ridiculous.”
As near as I can tell, precisely one person on the entire planet believes this to be true. And he’s the damn president. Dunning and Kruger to the white (supremacist) courtesy phone.