Any of you who have read this blog previously know that I jumped on the bandwagon concerning the real reason we fight in Afghanistan years ago. Here is a post from 2010. As time goes by, more and more people are asking the question “why are we still in Afghanistan?”. Is it really to eradicate the Taliban and Al-Qaeda? Could it be the vast mineral riches buried there? I never bought into the Iraq logic in that we were there to take the oil. Strategic reasons however? Hmmm. We aren’t in Afghanistan to secure all the minerals for ourselves either. We do, however, need those mineral deposits on the world market and not secured by nations such as Russia or China.
Lew Rockwell has a link up today from WhoWhatWhy.com who has also been reporting on this idea for years. Seems the New York Times is also getting in on the questioning. The Soviets started mapping the mineral deposits in the 60’s. The British began in the 1800’s. American geologist’s discounted the value of the minerals back in the 40’s and 50’s leaving others to step in. The DOD has had a task force in place since 2006 to promote economic opportunities. Congress has heard testimony on the Hill since the late 90’s concerning accessing Afghanistan’s riches. Point is that knowledge of the deposits has been around for a long, long time. Of course, today’s mapping technologies are vastly improved to further pinpoint the location and quantities available.
The bottom line is that we are essentially in a strategic war with Russia and China and precious metals, minerals, oil and gas play a big role. We can’t publicly admit that, however, as blood for minerals is not acceptable to the average American. The fact remains that if we pull out and allow the country to descend into another civil war with the Taliban as the arbiter of who gets the spoils, we risk placing ourselves at a tremendous disadvantage on a number of fronts. Your military personnel are not dying in the wastelands of Afghanistan for no reason, just not for the reasons advertised. Only the families can decide the legitimacy of that.
It would seem that the narrative is changing regarding Afghanistan as you’re now seeing the likes of Gen. David Petraeus going public with the notion that we can’t afford to pull out now. He points out in the clip that a “foundation of security” is a prerequisite for extracting Afghanistan’s mineral wealth. Who better to provide it than the world’s cop? I think we’ll continue to see a shift toward this reasoning to explain our ongoing presence. Once enough time has passed, it’s an easier sell to say that our mission there has evolved. I’ve always been a strong believer that U.S. foreign policy has been very Rahm Emanuel like in that we don’t allow a good crisis to go to waste. Iraq and Afghanistan are perfect examples. Despite the lip service, I say we’ve had our agenda in place all along.