Discussion in 'The Grand Chessboard' started by Angroid, Aug 23, 2017.
I don't necessarily subscribe to all his views but his articles provide some food for thought.
Regarding Afghanistan, the official narrative is obviously BS as it had been from the start. There are multiple, complex reasons for US policymakers ( thinktanks, Neoconservatives, Neoliberals) to engage in endless war in Afghanistan. These are:
- Opium trade and profits. Enormous amounts of easy money (for Generals, CIA and their various associates) is made through controlling the global distribution of Afghan produced opium.
- Mineral exploitation. There are a number of covert mining operations producing rare and valuable resources which is being flown out of the country.
Most importantly, it's about geostrategic schemes.
- It presents a springboard from which to keep an eye on Pakistan.
- It presents a springboard from which to export terrorism not only to Afghanistan (via CIA proxy ISIS / Daesh) but also to Iran. Occupying Afghanistan is very much about maintaining options from which to attack & destabilise Iran.
- It presents a springboard from which to export terrorism to, and destabilise Central Asian countries bordering on Russia. This strategy is being actively pursued by the US.
- It presents a springboard from which to undermine Chinese influence in the region and Chinese trade expansion throughout Central Asia.
The US won't be leaving Afghanistan unless something dramatic changes. US Leadership will continue citing "terrorism", "nation building", "freedom and democracy" type excuses to maintain the occupation but the real reasons for it are listed above.