The real reason for Operation Enduring Freedom emerges after our American prospectors haveWell if it's not gold, maybe it's lithium. Or maybe it's bauxite. Igneous-related lead and zinc?
sacrificed squandered their blood for eight (8) years in this barren and remote land.
Tell me Reader(s), if we weren't there already, would we go to Afghanistan for its Clay?
How about its potentially lucrative glass sand & stone quarries?
These newly revealed riches make it more palatable and understandable as to why we have poured the blood of 6,700 American KIA's and WIA's into this rich soil of Afghanistanam? And $400,000,000,000? Is that it?
If we need lithium for our Blackberries, wouldn't be a little cheaper to obtain it the old-fashioned way? By buying it from the Talibanistan corporate government?
Because - bet your ass - that's what we'll be doing in twenty years, whether or not Obama has a second term. Because it's looking like it's like LBJ-deja vu all over again, as Yogi would say.
It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam, as Daniel Ellsberg says.