Afghanistan: The Endless War for Resources

Afghanistan Poppy Field

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Abby Martin writes on Media Roots:

Last year marked the tenth anniversary of America’s invasion of Afghanistan, officially making it the longest war in US history. Now that Osama Bin Laden is finally confirmed dead, the federal government’s logic of continuing the occupation remains unclear.

Initially, the Bush administration irrationally insisted that any sovereign nation harboring terrorists was itself complicit in “terror” and therefore open for pre-emptive US military action. This rationale is absurd — just because one criminal might be living inside of a particular country doesn’t make that entire country guilty of the criminal’s crimes.

In 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was quick to tell CNN that US forces had successfully pushed the Taliban and Al Qaeda out of the region, and reports reveal that Osama Bin Laden hadn’t even been in Afghanistan since 2001. Additionally, a White House spokesperson recently admitted that there hasn’t been a terrorist threat in the country for the last eight years.

So what has the US been doing in Afghanistan for the last decade?

War has always been about two things: resources and control. Alongside the supposed surprise discovery of Afghanistan’s $1 trillion wealth of untapped minerals, it’s more than coincidental that before the US invasion, the Taliban along with the UN had successfully eradicated the opium crop in the Golden Crescent. Now 90% of the world’s heroin comes from Afghanistan.

As reported by Global Research:

Heroin is a multibillion dollar business supported by powerful interests, which requires a steady and secure commodity flow. One of the “hidden” objectives of the war was precisely to restore the CIA sponsored drug trade to its historical levels and exert direct control over the drug routes.

Immediately following the October 2001 invasion, opium markets were restored. Opium prices spiraled. By early 2002, the opium price (in dollars/kg) was almost 10 times higher than in 2000.

In 2001, under the Taliban opiate production stood at 185 tons, increasing  to 3400 tons in 2002 under the US sponsored puppet regime of President Hamid Karzai.

While highlighting Karzai’s patriotic struggle against the Taliban, the media fails to mention that Karzai collaborated with the Taliban. He had also been on the payroll of a major US oil company, UNOCAL. In fact, since the mid-1990s, Hamid Karzai had acted as a consultant and lobbyist for UNOCAL in negotiations with the Taliban.

In today’s globalized world, one can’t discount the role that multinational corporations play in US foreign policy decisions. Not only have oil companies and private military contractors made a killing off the Afghanistan occupation: big pharmaceutical companies, who collectively lobby over $250 million to Congress annually, need opium latex to manufacture drugs for this pill happy nation.

Read full article by Abby Martin on Media Roots.

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  • Hadrian999

    we are in the longest war in u.s. history but it isn’t Afghanistan it is the war of manifest destiny, all these wars are merely fronts in a larger war that has been going on for most of the history of the united states, the war with mexico over territory, the war with spain over territory, the world wars that set up the united states as a super power then the covert, overt, and proxie wars ever since the end of ww2, all battles in a larger war for domination of elites over all aspects of life. the U.S. has been involved in unending total war for over a century and most people don’t even realize what the fighting has been about

    • DeepCough

      Actually, we’re still fighting the Opium Wars to this very day, and the Opium Wars started in the 19th century.

    • MoralDrift

      Yeah I agree….those who live by the sword..ahhhhh fuck it, you know the rest

    • Tuna Ghost

      I would describe it more as a mafia-esque protection racket, making sure other countries have a government that’s “good for them”, i.e. one that caters to US military and financial interests.  See Central America in the 80′s as an example.  Armed and trained by the US army, mercenaries toppled governments and did horrifying shit for years and years.  

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        Throw the 60s and 70s in there as well…our history in central and south america go back longer than most people realize…shit…throw in the late 1800s as well. Fuck it…make it the last 200 years just so the numbers are nice and round.

  • Hadrian999

    we are in the longest war in u.s. history but it isn’t Afghanistan it is the war of manifest destiny, all these wars are merely fronts in a larger war that has been going on for most of the history of the united states, the war with mexico over territory, the war with spain over territory, the world wars that set up the united states as a super power then the covert, overt, and proxie wars ever since the end of ww2, all battles in a larger war for domination of elites over all aspects of life. the U.S. has been involved in unending total war for over a century and most people don’t even realize what the fighting has been about

  • DeepCough

    Actually, we’re still fighting the Opium Wars to this very day, and the Opium Wars started in the 19th century.

  • BuzzCoastin

    The “war” in Bumphukistan has so many useful functions for the Homeland elites:
    * it creates bizmess profits for the Military Industrial Bankster Complex
    * it creates terrorism and thereby necessitates Homeland Security
    * it helps the CIA and Big Pharma with the drug trade
    * it keeps the “news” bizmess supplied with “news”
    and last but not least
    * it provides the Homeland with battle hardened troops for any Homeland insurrections

    • Redacted

      Mmmm… you know, battle hardened troops like me just can’t wait to turn our guns on American citizens and unload. Maybe we’ll defile and eat the corpses afterwards?

      • BuzzCoastin

        Soldiers do what they are told and not what they think is right. Mix-up Pavlovian obedience conditioning with battle inflicted PTSD and you have a winning combination for Kent State on steroids.

        You may be a soldier who can reject a superiors orders, but most are conditioned to do what they are told without questioning orders. There is the right way, the wrong way and then there is the Army way.

        “Maybe we’ll defile and eat the corpses afterwards?” It wouldn’t surprise me.

        • Redacted

          Well. Meat is meat.

          I’d have to be pretty damn hungry though.

          Anyway, quit hanging around Marines. They’re the only ones programmed like that.

          • BuzzCoastin

            It’s not just the Jarheads who get programed; though they are the extreme fer sher.
            Sempra Fee Fi Fo Fum bro!

            This just in:
            Soldier kills four, found dead in Pennsylvania
            http://x2t.com/BuzzCoastin

          • Anarchy Pony

            Marines are the worst when it comes to that shit, one of my high school buddies joined up with the meat head patrol after graduation, I can’t even talk to him anymore.

          • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

            No kiddin dude…it took me decades to reprogram my jarhead buddy after he came home…but that was back in the pre Gulf1 era…he was a Grenada boyo back in the day. But I swear…getting that dudes head screwed back on as a civilian was a mission of freakin mercy. 

      • Hadrian999

        before i was discharged I was actually on a “homeland civil unrest” QRF detail, what a pain in the ass

        • Redacted

          They actually have that for active duty? Whata bout Posse Commitatus?

          • Hadrian999

            it’s basically like being on alert for deployment with gear packed and ready to go, if the units on that duty actually do get deployed then they would need the authorization for posse commitatus but not if they are just on standby

          • Redacted

            I never heard of that, but it takes a month to get a Heavy division spun up and another month to get us ready to go anywhere.

          • Hadrian999

            most of our gear wasn’t going anywhere, we got training on how to do shield walls and how to bash people with clubs, we weren’t taking bradleys or our gun tracks anywhere

          • Redacted

            email me at windowsliveid32@live.com

            The guys I knew who went through that training objected on principle. Let these faggots have fantasies about the military, but when the time comes we need to make sure we got a straight story.

        • Tuna Ghost

          Holy shit, that’s a thing?  I haven’t heard that, and I hang around a bunch of military guys.  I mean, we’re in South Korea so they other shit to worry about, but still.  Frightening.

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    The “war” in Bumphukistan has so many useful functions for the Homeland elites:
    * it creates bizmess profits for the Military Industrial Bankster Complex
    * it creates terrorism and thereby necessitates Homeland Security
    * it helps the CIA and Big Pharma with the drug trade
    * it keeps the “news” bizmess supplied with “news”
    and last but not least
    * it provides the Homeland with battle hardened troops for any Homeland insurrections

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I agree….those who live by the sword..ahhhhh fuck it, you know the rest

  • Anonymous

    Mmmm… you know, battle hardened troops like me just can’t wait to turn our guns on American citizens and unload. Maybe we’ll defile and eat the corpses afterwards?

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Soldiers do what they are told and not what they think is right. Mix-up Pavlovian obedience conditioning with battle inflicted PTSD and you have a winning combination for Kent State on steroids.

    You may be a soldier who can reject a superiors orders, but most are conditioned to do what they are told without questioning orders. There is the right way, the wrong way and then there is the Army way.

    “Maybe we’ll defile and eat the corpses afterwards?” It wouldn’t surprise me.

  • Anonymous

    Well. Meat is meat.

    I’d have to be pretty damn hungry though.

  • Hadrian999

    before i was discharged I was actually on a “homeland civil unrest” QRF detail, what a pain in the ass

  • Anonymous

    They actually have that for active duty?

  • Hadrian999

    it’s basically like being on alert for deployment with gear packed and ready to go, if the units on that duty actually do get deployed then they would need the authorization for posse commitatus but not if they are just on standby

  • Anonymous

    I never heard of that, but it takes a month to get a Heavy division spun up and another month to get us ready to go anywhere.

  • Hadrian999

    most of our gear wasn’t going anywhere, we got training on how to do shield walls and how to bash people with clubs, we weren’t taking bradleys or our gun tracks anywhere

  • Hadrian999

    most of our gear wasn’t going anywhere, we got training on how to do shield walls and how to bash people with clubs, we weren’t taking bradleys or our gun tracks anywhere

  • Ikonoklaszt

    Wait a minute, wasn’t the America ‘officially’ involved in Vietnam conflicts from 1965-1975?

  • Ikonoklaszt

    Wait a minute, wasn’t the America ‘officially’ involved in Vietnam conflicts from 1965-1975?

  • Anonymous
  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    It’s not just the Jarheads who get programed; though they are the extreme fer sher.
    Sempra Fee Fi Fo Fum bro!

    This just in:
    Soldier kills four, found dead in Pennsylvania
    http://x2t.com/BuzzCoastin

  • Tuna Ghost

    Additionally, a White House spokesperson recently admitted that there hasn’t been a terrorist threat in the country for the last eight years.

    Not that the US government gives a flying fuck about terrorist attacks, of course.  When given reports that there were rumors of a terrorist plan, they did nothing.  When told that invading Iraq would almost certainly increase terror attacks at home and abroad, they went ahead anyway.  

  • Tuna Ghost

    Additionally, a White House spokesperson recently admitted that there hasn’t been a terrorist threat in the country for the last eight years.

    Not that the US government gives a flying fuck about terrorist attacks, of course.  When given reports that there were rumors of a terrorist plan, they did nothing.  When told that invading Iraq would almost certainly increase terror attacks at home and abroad, they went ahead anyway.  

  • Tuna Ghost

    Holy shit, that’s a thing?  I haven’t heard that, and I hang around a bunch of military guys.  I mean, we’re in South Korea so they other shit to worry about, but still.  Frightening.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I would describe it more as a mafia-esque protection racket, making sure other countries have a government that’s “good for them”, i.e. one that caters to US military and financial interests.  See Central America in the 80′s as an example.  Armed and trained by the US army, mercenaries toppled governments and did horrifying shit for years and years.  

  • RonPaul2012

    “One of the ‘hidden’ objectives of the war was precisely to restore
    the CIA sponsored drug trade to its historical levels and exert
    direct control over the drug routes.” And this is why I am voting for Ron Paul. Not only does he want to bring home ALL of the troops, but he also wants to end the so-called “war on drugs” by legalizing across the board. If he were to only do one of those things, it would solve this particular problem…but of course if he were able to do both then it would also solve a lot of other problems, too :-) 

    • Anarchy Pony

      Yeah he’s also anti-choice, anti gay marriage(says its state’s rights, but personally against it), racist, and a christian reconstructionist, which is in league with dominionism. And is a proponent of rightist libertarianism which gives even further power to the already powerful plutocracy.

      • RonPaul2012

        He also doubts the theory of evolution…trust me, he is FAR from being a perfect candidate, though I have not seen any evidence that he is a racist? Regardless, he is still the ONLY candidate who wants to bring home ALL of the troops, asap; the ONLY candidate who wants to end the so-called “patriot” act; and the ONLY candidate who would end the so-called “war on drugs”. Comparatively, abortion and gay rights are minor side issues…distractions. His economic policies are disturbing yet interesting…it would definitely shake things up significantly but who is to say whether it would be for better or worse in the long-term? 

        • Hadrian999

          but he wouldn’t have the power to do any of those positive things but would have the power to do his many negative things, it seems like a bad gamble to me

          • RonPaul2012

            He could easily end both the “patriot” act and the “war” on drugs within hours of being sworn in. And he could attempt to bring home all of the troops, though the military-industrial complex might try and have him assassinated for interfering. The Federal Reserve could be a issue…they are not just going to roll over and play dead because he desires it.

            Abortion is a non-issue for me (if we had parental licensing then there would never be any need for abortion, except for medical emergencies, which are exceedingly rare) and as a gay man, I could personally care less about gay marriage. Paul has made no comments – at least of which I am currently aware – indicating that he would push for the teaching of intelligent design in classrooms, though knowing him, he would probably say: “leave it up to the states to decide”, which seems to be his solution to just about everything.

            I dunno. He is a mixed bag (and that is quite an understatement!) but I still prefer him over Obama, a man who continues to lie to us on a daily basis and who is completely owned by both Wall Street and the military-industrial complex. Do we prefer a puppet or a man who truly wants to change the status quo? Or will Paul simply become another puppet once sworn into office? 

          • Hadrian999

            wanting to change things and changing them are 2 different things, he may try to recall troops but you can bet as soon as he did one of our spook shops would create a terror attack that could be traced back to Afghanistan to damage him, congress wouldn’t start repealing drug laws or sentencing guide lines or defund the DEA so the war on drugs would largely remain in place, If he tried to reighn in the fed or wallstreet the elites there would crash the market in order to hang that on him. the only thing he would receive party support for would be his under the table social conservative beliefs. without huge bloodletting(figerative) in the house and senate as a shot across the bow to get attention of the political parties one man won’t be able to create any substantial change.

          • RonPaul2012

            I hear you…believe me! And it depresses the hell out of me. But again…would you rather see a puppet in office who willingly bends over for Those In Control (ie: Obama) or an individual who would thrash about and stir up a ruckus in order to try and raise awareness about these issues, even if he was ultimately unable to change any of it?  

          • Hadrian999

            actually I believe such a person would act as a safety valve to preserve the status quo by preserving the illusion that working inside the system changes things when in fact the few mavericks and independents are rendered impotent by the institutionalized 2 party system.

          • DeepBreath

            “the few mavericks and independents” Who do you consider to be a maverick, if not Ron Paul?? And he ran as an independent the last time and may do so again this time, assuming (as most do) that he does not stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the Republican ticket…

            Somewhat random…but I agree with you about the brokenness of the two-party system…and am wondering if you think that abolishing the electoral college AND forcing everyone to vote would make a difference? I imagine there would be numerous different parties sprouting up all over the place, but who knows? It could be a huge success or a disaster of epic proportions…just like a Paul presidency, for all anyone knows :-)

          • DeepBreath

            Whoops…you did not actually say that Paul was not a maverick or an independent…just that he and others like him (in spirit, if not in policy) would be rendered impotent by our current system…sorry…read your post too fast and am also somewhat stoned and sleepy. 

  • RonPaul2012

    “One of the ‘hidden’ objectives of the war was precisely to restore
    the CIA sponsored drug trade to its historical levels and exert
    direct control over the drug routes.” And this is why I am voting for Ron Paul. Not only does he want to bring home ALL of the troops, but he also wants to end the so-called “war on drugs” by legalizing across the board. If he were to only do one of those things, it would solve this particular problem…but of course if he were able to do both then it would also solve a lot of other problems, too :-) 

  • RodneyLee

    Maybe the US Gov. should make war on itself, I am sure they can get approval and funding

  • RodneyLee

    Maybe the US Gov. should make war on itself, I am sure they can get approval and funding

  • Anarchy Pony

    Wasn’t there a report about a year ago that claimed that Afghanistan had will over a billion dollars worth of mineral wealth, mostly in the form of rare earths like lithium and such?

  • Wanooski

    Wasn’t there a report about a year ago that claimed that Afghanistan had will over a billion dollars worth of mineral wealth, mostly in the form of rare earths like lithium and such?

  • Wanooski

    Marines are the worst when it comes to that shit, one of my high school buddies joined up with the meat head patrol after graduation, I can’t even talk to him anymore.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No kiddin dude…it took me decades to reprogram my jarhead buddy after he came home…but that was back in the pre Gulf1 era…he was a Grenada boyo back in the day. But I swear…getting that dudes head screwed back on as a civilian was a mission of freakin mercy. 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No kiddin dude…it took me decades to reprogram my jarhead buddy after he came home…but that was back in the pre Gulf1 era…he was a Grenada boyo back in the day. But I swear…getting that dudes head screwed back on as a civilian was a mission of freakin mercy. 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    No kiddin dude…it took me decades to reprogram my jarhead buddy after he came home…but that was back in the pre Gulf1 era…he was a Grenada boyo back in the day. But I swear…getting that dudes head screwed back on as a civilian was a mission of freakin mercy. 

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Throw the 60s and 70s in there as well…our history in central and south america go back longer than most people realize…shit…throw in the late 1800s as well. Fuck it…make it the last 200 years just so the numbers are nice and round.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Throw the 60s and 70s in there as well…our history in central and south america go back longer than most people realize…shit…throw in the late 1800s as well. Fuck it…make it the last 200 years just so the numbers are nice and round.

  • Ironaddict06

    I agree.  Why isn’t CNN, FOX, CNBC, ABC, NBC, etc asking BHO when are the U.S. troops coming home.

  • Ironaddict06

    I agree.  Why isn’t CNN, FOX, CNBC, ABC, NBC, etc asking BHO when are the U.S. troops coming home.

  • Wanooski

    Yeah he’s also anti-choice, anti gay marriage(says its state’s rights, but personally against it), racist, and a christian reconstructionist, which is in league with dominionism. And is a proponent of rightist libertarianism which gives even further power to the already powerful plutocracy.

  • Dueyv9

    keep that opium growing!

  • Dueyv9

    keep that opium growing!

  • RonPaul2012

    He also doubts the theory of evolution…trust me, he is FAR from being a perfect candidate, though I have not seen any evidence that he is a racist? Regardless, he is still the ONLY candidate who wants to bring home ALL of the troops, asap; the ONLY candidate who wants to end the so-called “patriot” act; and the ONLY candidate who would end the so-called “war on drugs”. Comparatively, abortion and gay rights are minor side issues…distractions. His economic policies are disturbing yet interesting…it would definitely shake things up significantly but who is to say whether it would be for better or worse in the long-term? 

  • Hadrian999

    but he wouldn’t have the power to do any of those positive things but would have the power to do his many negative things, it seems like a bad gamble to me

  • RonPaul2012

    He could easily end both the “patriot” act and the “war” on drugs within hours of being sworn in. And he could attempt to bring home all of the troops, though the military-industrial complex might try and have him assassinated for interfering. The Federal Reserve could be a issue…they are not just going to roll over and play dead because he desires it.

    Abortion is a non-issue for me (if we had parental licensing then there would never be any need for abortion, except for medical emergencies, which are exceedingly rare) and as a gay man, I could personally care less about gay marriage. Paul has made no comments – at least of which I am currently aware – indicating that he would push for the teaching of intelligent design in classrooms, though knowing him, he would probably say: “leave it up to the states to decide”, which seems to be his solution to just about everything.

    I dunno. He is a mixed bag (and that is quite an understatement!) but I still prefer him over Obama, a man who continues to lie to us on a daily basis and who is completely owned by both Wall Street and the military-industrial complex. Do we prefer a puppet or a man who truly wants to change the status quo? Or will Paul simply become another puppet once sworn into office? 

  • guest

    Let’s just buy up the opium.  There’s a medical morphine shortage, and we could use it.  (Model law for the process here: http://www.acceler8or.com/2011/07/saying-%E2%80%98maybe%E2%80%99-to-drugs/)

  • guest

    Let’s just buy up the opium.  There’s a medical morphine shortage, and we could use it.  (Model law for the process here: http://www.acceler8or.com/2011/07/saying-%E2%80%98maybe%E2%80%99-to-drugs/)

  • Hadrian999

    wanting to change things and changing them are 2 different things, he may try to recall troops but you can bet as soon as he did one of our spook shops would create a terror attack that could be traced back to Afghanistan to damage him, congress wouldn’t start repealing drug laws or sentencing guide lines or defund the DEA so the war on drugs would largely remain in place, If he tried to reighn in the fed or wallstreet the elites there would crash the market in order to hang that on him. the only thing he would receive party support for would be his under the table social conservative beliefs. without huge bloodletting(figerative) in the house and senate as a shot across the bow to get attention of the political parties one man won’t be able to create any substantial change.

  • RonPaul2012

    I hear you…believe me! And it depresses the hell out of me. But again…would you rather see a puppet in office who willingly bends over for Those In Control (ie: Obama) or an individual who would thrash about and stir up a ruckus in order to try and raise awareness about these issues, even if he was ultimately unable to change any of it?  

  • Hadrian999

    actually I believe such a person would act as a safety valve to preserve the status quo by preserving the illusion that working inside the system changes things when in fact the few mavericks and independents are rendered impotent by the institutionalized 2 party system.

  • DeepBreath

    “the few mavericks and independents” Who do you consider to be a maverick, if not Ron Paul?? And he ran as an independent the last time and may do so again this time, assuming (as most do) that he does not stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the Republican ticket…

    Somewhat random…but I agree with you about the brokenness of the two-party system…and am wondering if you think that abolishing the electoral college AND forcing everyone to vote would make a difference? I imagine there would be numerous different parties sprouting up all over the place, but who knows? It could be a huge success or a disaster of epic proportions…just like a Paul presidency, for all anyone knows :-)

  • DeepBreath

    Whoops…you did not actually say that Paul was not a maverick or an independent…just that he and others like him (in spirit, if not in policy) would be rendered impotent by our current system…sorry…read your post too fast and am also somewhat stoned and sleepy.