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America's Resource Wars Are Working! A $1 Trillion Bonanza Discovered in Afghanistan

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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.

However, these riches in Afghanistan are just one part of the overall plan to eventually establish control over the entire Central Asian region that also has immense stores of critical resources, including oil and natural gas. The U.S. cannot allow Russia, China, Iran or any other nation to establish a controlling interest in that region of the world. And that is why America will let no nation or obstacle stand in the way of its ambitious military expansion into Central Asia.

The role of the U.S. military has changed dramatically since World War II. Since that time it has steadily evolved from a defensive force to protect the people of America from attack by some invading nation to a military force that initiates offensive actions in many parts of the world. In other words, the Defense Department has now become the Offense Department. And, under today's world conditions, this military force is taking the lead in what now is commonly referred to as America's resource wars.

These resource wars represent a new chapter in America's military history. Why must our military be involved in resource wars? It's because America has arrived at the point that it can no longer sustain its collapsing economy that has been stripped of its manufacturing base by transnational corporations that have outsourced millions of jobs overseas. Our monumental debt, our crumbling infrastructure, our deteriorating education system and the rapidly approaching bankruptcy of our states has America on the ropes. So what is the long term answer to our critical problems? It's Central Asia and its fabulous stores of critical resources.

Anyone who thinks that the U.S. will, voluntarily, withdraw a sizable portion of its military forces from either Iraq and the Middle East, or Afghanistan and Central Asia, just doesn't get it. There is no way that America is going to walk away from those two regions of the world that contain the majority of the world's remaining resources. That is simply not going to happen.

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