Supporting the troops does NOT mean supporting the defense contractors with trillions of dollars.
October 2011 Scientific American has an article, “Afghanistan’s Buried Riches”, showing the US Marines did geologic surveys of Afghanistan that showed it has enough strategic mineral wealth – including rare earth metals – to make a trillion dollars look like chicken feed.
Iron, Gold, Cobalt. Rare Earths, A pentagon memo calls Afghanistan “The Saudi Arabia of Lithium”. All there for the taking. Maybe, instead of trying to have the Army steal it from the Afghans (like Iraqi oil) you could have just paid for it.
Read it and weep….“The Pentagon’s Map of Afghanistan: An Eldorado of Mineral Wealth and Natural Resources”
And all the billions the unaudited Dept of Defense can steal.
I believe AMERICAS past presidents kiss the Saudis rings and bow just FOR that purpose. $$$$$$$$$$$$$
Amazes me that we are spending all this money on the military when the enemies are being welcomed into the oval office with open arms and gushes of praise
Shades of Vietnam…???
“You can’t fix stupid.” Ron White.
Leaving aside the “trillions” in mineral wealth that supposedly exist in Afghanistan, which, like the oil in Iraq, America had neither claim nor right to; Afghanistan has been log known as the “Graveyard of Empires” because due to it’s government and it geography, it is almost impossible to either conquer or hold and the historians in the pentagon “think tanks” knew this going in.
The “surgical strike” against bin Laden’s camp was one thing, and, quite possibly would have worked, had not Bush/Chaney and their generals not been distracted by a desire to exact revenge on the ruler of Iraq/ seize Iraq’s oil fields, but the attempt to conquer and hold massive amounts of territory quite another.
That NEVER works against a country and a society such as Afghanistan. Some of the would-be invaders in the history of Afghanistan include the Maurya Empire of ancient India, Alexander the Great of Macedon, Umar, an Arab Caliphate, Genghis Khan of Mongolia, Timur of Persia and Central Asia, the Mughal Empire of India, various Persian Empires, the British Empire, the Sikh Empire, the Soviet Union, … That last, lengthy enumeration of would-be “conquerors” is from “Wikipedia”, an excellent source of practically any information you might need (and “Wikipedia” could certainly use a tiny bit of financial assistance, right now, people…)
The real cost of that goes far beyond the mere waste of money that could be better spent. It is in the tragic loss of the lives of so many members of the Military sent on that fool’s errand. Add to that the physical and mental damage inflicted on the survivors who will have to deal with that for the rest of their lives.
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