For almost 17 tears the US and its allies have been fighting and dying in Afghanistan. In all that time has anyone actually asked the question……why?
In the beginning it was nothing but retaliation for the 9/11 attacks…..and then we slowly wound down into a “trench warfare” mindset….that is just do not lose this fight…..no matter how long it takes.
In 2010 a report about the mineral wealth of Afghanistan came out….
Untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan may be worth more than $1 trillion, a finding that could reshape the country’s economy and help U.S. efforts to bolster the war-battered government, Pentagon officials said on Monday.
Afghanistan has significant deposits of copper, iron ore, niobium, cobalt, gold, molybdenum, silver and aluminum as well as sources of fluorspar, beryllium and lithium, among others, a task force studying the country’s resources found
Some estimates have the figure at $3 trillion……
Once I read that report I then predicted here on IST that this war would never end until the last drop of wealth was pulled out of Afghanistan….
A couple of days ago the prez made his now not so famous speech on what to do in Afghanistan and guess what came up in his deliberation?
Trump has his eye on valuable minerals under the Afghan soil, perhaps as much as $1 trillion worth of copper, iron, and other metals, reports Foreign Policy. He recently met personally with Michael Silver, CEO of American Elements, and heard the mining pitch. “Trump wants to be repaid,” says one source, referring to the billions that the US has spent in the nation. “He’s trying to see where the business deal is.”
And there is the real reason we remain….$$$$$$$$$