Cultocracy note :
The ongoing issues surrounding Afghanistan clearly show the modern Western corporate template of rampant state corruption , corporate greed , lies , fraud , racketeering , military jingoism , murder and terrorism .
At the core is Afghanistan’s purported $trillions in untapped mineral reserves , which were mapped in detail by the Soviet Union in the 1970’s and led to the occupation of Afghanistan by Soviet forces . The Soviets were forced out of the country by the US backed Mujahideen which paved the way for the Osama Bin Laden’s Taliban . Since the Soviet withdrawal other countries have looked upon Afghanistan whilst drooling , waiting for an opportunity . A timely and convenient opportunity arose after the 9/11 terror attacks , the country was the first to be invaded by US controlled NATO forces . Other NATO countries have since pulled their forces out of the quagmire , wounded but wiser .
Do you still think that the ‘War on Terror’ was about defeating ‘Islamic Terrorism’ ?
Afghanistan and the wider ‘War on Terror’ was always a US war for corporate profits and ongoing global military supremacy .
As a bonus Afghanistan’s geostrategic location also helps to contain a resurgent China . Or is this the prime motive .
At some point it will become obvious to a future US administration that the financial cost outweighs the potential profits . At this juncture there will be several options: a) Complete withdrawal , leaving other countries to fill the vacuum b) Cooperation between the various factions and the carving up of resources .
Afghanistan also reveals the vastly different approaches to global looting deployed by China and the US .
To simplify the problems facing the country the general mindset is ‘If the US corporate powers don’t grab the resources first , Russia and China will’ .
Last throw of the dice ?
It seems that the new ‘US Afghanistan policy’ is really the old policy . The US forces have turned so many corners that they are now chasing their own tail .
- More American Troops to Afghanistan, To Keep the Chinese Out? Lithium and the Battle for Afghanistan’s Mineral Riches
- Donald Trump eyes Afghanistan’s $1 trillion mineral reserves to pay for reconstruction after 16 years of war
- Top US general in Afghanistan says Taliban fight has ‘turned the corner’
- Dellusional top US commander: Trump’s Afghanistan plan a ‘game changer’
- Turning The Corner In Afghanistan
- Has Trump’s Afghanistan policy destabilized South Asia even more?
Afghanistan has always been of geostrategic importance .
Afghanistan supposedly holds vast amounts of untapped resources .
- USSR and Afghanistan mineral resources
- Geologic and Mineral Resource Map of Afghanistan
- ‘Afghanistan’ Maps Natural Mineral Resources
It should be noted that any mineral reserves existing in Afghanistan are not verified , they will be costly to extract and transport . The US has conducted geographical surveys of the whole country . Other commentators suggest that the surveys are being used as a carrot to justify continued occupation .
- Trillions of Dollars of Minerals? Misusing Geology and Economics to the Detriment of Policy
- New USGS Report and Maps Highlight Afghanistan’s Mineral Potential, But Obstacles Remain
- Afghanistan’s Mineral Wealth: Gold Mine, Curse, or Illusion?
Current events in Afghanistan suggest that the US administration is losing ground to the Taliban .
- The war America can’t win: how the Taliban are regaining control in Afghanistan
- Taliban Support Increasing, Holds 72 % Of Afghanistan: Report
It is also evident that the US is losing allies .
A foot in the door ?
It would appear that diplomacy and trade , not bombs and bullets , are preferred by the Pakistani government .
- China, Pakistan, Afghanistan agree on terror cooperation in Xinjiang region
- China Pakistan Economic Corridor
Planning for the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) includes Afghanistan , it has been suggested that this initiative involving trade and cooperation could stabilize the region .
- China, Pakistan to look at including Afghanistan in $57 billion economic corridor
- China’s Role in the Stabilization of Afghanistan
It is clear that certain people are not happy with the planned CPEC trade corridor .
It is also clear that certain people are not happy with any non-conformity by the Pakistan government .
- Top US general says Taliban ‘living in comfort’ in Pakistan
- ‘Trump has put Pakistan on notice,’
- US threatens Pakistan as part of new Afghan war drive
Not to worry , we can find new allies in an attempt to divide and control .
- India’s objections to CPEC
- Why Does India Want Pakistan And China’s CPEC To Fail?
- India’s Participation in CPEC: The Ifs and Buts
- USA follows India’s line on CPEC
- CPEC passes through disputed territory: US
We might as well make a few bucks whilst we’re here .
- EXCLUSIVE: China concerned by US-India surveillance drones deal
- US set to be India’s biggest arms supplier
- US pips Russia as top arms supplier to India
- $950M Pakistan-U.S. Arms Deal Heightens Concerns Over ‘War On Terror’ Profiteering
- Pakistan to spend $12 billion on arms in 2016-2024
Might as well make a few yuan as well .
- Beijing eyes bigger arms exports after Pakistan deal, experts say
- Pakistan eyes Chinese jets to counter IAF dominance
Maybe a few rubles as well while were at it .
- Russia confirms arms deal with Pakistan
- Pakistan, Russia sign landmark defence deal
- Russia-India arms deal
The usual suspects are also suspected of ‘interference’ .
- Russia, Iran Supporting Taliban to ‘Undermine’ U.S. Mission in Afghanistan
- Is Putin supporting the TALIBAN?
China has also been talking to the ‘enemy’ . It would appear , not surprisingly , that diplomacy , not bombs , is preferable to the ‘terrorists’ .
- What to Make of China’s Latest Meeting With the Taliban
- Afghan Taliban’s political negotiators visit China
China was awarded a mining contract by the Afghanistan government several years ago .
- The Story Behind China’s Long-Stalled Mine in Afghanistan
- Copper in Afghanistan: Chinese Investment at Aynak
It is a risky venture .
The whole area is now suddenly becoming riskier for China .
- Two Chinese nationals kidnapped from Quetta
- Pakistan confirms death of 2 kidnapped Chinese nationals
The response from China was directed at the countries Muslim Uighurs , this may not go down well with Muslims from other countries .
- China Collecting DNA From All Uyghurs in Xinjiang Under Guise of Free Physicals
- Chinese authorities collecting DNA from all residents of Xinjiang
Although then again , when looking at recent history it might go down well .
- China Blames Foreign-Trained Separatists for Attacks in Xinjiang
- Pakistan says will help China fight Muslim Uighurs
- Pakistan says ‘almost all’ Uighur militants eliminated
Meanwhile……back in Afghanistan…….
- Afghanistan: Taliban won’t talk because it is winning
- Analysis: Afghanistan must recognize Taliban are winning
- US’s war in Afghanistan — a fight James Mattis has said ‘we are not winning’
- U.S. ‘not winning’ in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary tells Congress
It should be clear by now that no foreign power is ‘winning’ in Afghanistan , apart from the arms dealers , the Afghan people will always lose , as will the taxpayer .
Hold on though , wait a minute , there are a few people who are winning .
- U.N.: Afghanistan Nearly Doubles Opium Production in One Year
- Afghanistan’s opium production soaring, says UN
- Opium production has set another record in Afghanistan — here’s where it increased the most
Perhaps it is not about ‘winning’ but the ‘taking part’ , plus of course the profitable side deals that can be made in the meantime , a very long meantime .