Just recently, the Pentagon announced that Afghanistan possesses vast mineral reserves, including iron ore, copper, cobalt, gold and even lithium. Wow! Talk about fantastic luck, this is like America winning $1 trillion in the Afghan lottery. Sure those resources may, technically, be the property of Afghanistan but, then again, we just happen to be the caretakers of that nation; that would seem to give us the responsibility to "manage" them, would it not?
If we previously could not find a reason for invading and occupying that country, it now becomes very easy to explain. We can say that we are there for the purpose of helping the people of Afghanistan to develop these newfound resources and to, most importantly, guarantee that no opportunistic, unscrupulous nation is allowed to come in and take them for its own. Our government will certainly be commended for undertaking such an honorable, humanitarian task.
But there is actually more to this story. These resources were not just recently discovered as the reports out of the Pentagon would have us believe. Actually, the Russians, who had invaded and occupied Afghanistan in 1979, made this discovery. Then after they were expelled from Afghanistan by those dreaded insurgents who had decided to protect their nation from invaders, the issue just died out until 2007 when the U.S. Geological Survey, after a thorough study, confirmed their existence.
This discovery appears to be an excellent justification for America to stay in Afghanistan almost indefinitely; after all, we simply cannot let these backward, uncivilized people develop these rich resources by themselves, can we? Of course not; that would not be the honorable thing to do, and so we must stay. And this situation gets even better as some experts indicate that the projected value could be as high as $3 trillion; if that's true, the U.S. must never, ever leave Afghanistan.