Saturday, December 05, 2009

The Facts Are Fixed Around the Policy

Pentagon's War Pitch Belied by Taliban-Qaeda Conflict

"U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen argued in Senate Testimony Wednesday that the 30,000-troop increase is necessary to prevent the Taliban from giving new safe havens to al Qaeda terrorists.

But that argument is flatly contradicted by the evidence of fundamental conflicts between the interests of the Taliban and those of al Qaeda that has emerged in recent years, according to counterterrorism and intelligence analysts specializing in Afghanistan."

Just as we saw a surge of lies leading up to the invasion and subjugation of Iraq and occupation of Iraqi oil fields, now we see The War for Oil, Act II, a carpet of lies, half-truths and obfuscation justifying escalation of the Battle for Our Pipeline in Afghanistan.

One need not look to the future for wars over scarce resources. It's happening right now and Our President is in charge.

Tell him to stop!


  1. Beau Peyton5:48 AM

    Afghanistan is just piece of a larger puzzle. A strategic, regional control issue. What's happened in Afghanistan is a convenient excuse to carry out an even larger objective.

    There are proven reserves of between 17 and 44 billion barrels of oil and 232 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Caspian region where Afghanistan borders some very important states. It's a strategic piece of real estate. A nexus, so to speak, of the region.

    As I understand it, in 2002 Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan signed an agreement to build a 1,500 kilometer long Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (called TAPI) that could deliver 30 Billion cubic meters of natural gas a year. Washington actually started promoting this in the 1990's. In 2007, Richard Boucher, U.S. assistant secretary of state, said: "One of our goals is to stabilize Afghanistan," and to link South and Central Asia "so that energy can flow to the south."

    The big issue to getting it done has been lack of stability in Afghanistan.

    Regionally, the most important country is Kazakhstan, with three-fourth's of the region's oil reserves and about half of its gas reserves.. Second most important is Azerbaijan, with one-sixth of the region's oil reserves and 10 percent of its gas reserves. Finally, Turkmenistan has five percent of the regions oil reserves and close to half of the gas reserves. Yet, the Caspian regions estimated potential oil and gas reserves are only about four percent of the world's proven reserves. Still big money, though, and critical in a Peak Oil world.

    The sad part is this information is so easily and readily available, yet most Americans (being the good Americans they are) don't do any research and just let some blabber mouth on FAUX NEWS tell them what to think. It's absurd.

    But it is what it is. There's no stopping it. We're going to control that region and the oil supply so we can maintain our way of life when shit really hits the fan. At least for what, ten or twenty years?

    And then it won't matter what you do. You'll have to find another way to live or cease to live. We won't be here to see that, but our children and grandchildren will be left to deal with our mess.

  2. Beau Peyton4:50 AM

    As a follow up, the NY Times reported today (front page) that the U.S. is telling Pakistan to "either get with the program or get out of the way." That we will cross their border to do our work.
    That's really an amazing development as it extends our unilateral objective in the world to yet another country.