Fridays the LA Progressive features a comment that was particularly noteworthy. This week we are featuring a comment submitted by Dr. Stephen R. Keister, commenting on "Feting a Fetid War," by Ivan Eland. Here's Stephen's comment:
Let us backtrack a bit. The original purpose of the Afghanastan invasion was to “catch Bin Laden”–obviously an absurdity to think that this very wealthy Saudi would sit in a cave for 8 years or more. Then came the excuse of doing away with Al-Quaeda—all 100 of them! Nowhere in the mainstream media, or even in the ‘liberal press’ has the matter of the mineral treasures available in Afghanastan been discussed (of course little has been said about Iraq’s oil ). A full discussion of the resourses within the country was discussed in the Financial News of Monday March 16, 2009 as per a Reuter’s dispatch.
In short in the field of minerals,Afghanastan is the richest country in the region, much more, hundred of times more. You have all the other minerals that you find in nature, save for diamonds. This in addition to 25 million tons of oil in four basins. Why were the British in India and the Dutch in the Spice Islands?
One should be interested in Professor Stephen Tanner's Afghanastan. A Military History From Alexander The Great To The War Afainst The Taliban. One does not understand the total absurdity of the Obama administrations excuses of our attempted occupation without a background in the history and geopolitics.