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by Sudhama Ranganathan
Email: uconnharassment (nospam) gmail.com
03 Apr 2013
It has become all but too obvious that politicians will gladly give our taxpayer money away to wealthy corporate interests without the slightest flinch or moment's hesitation. Whether it's this interest or that, it seems as though the main objective is to find ways to make us swallow the bait to hook us on whatever wealthy corporate interests wish us buy into shelling over our hard earned cash at any given time. The last thing they are interested in is us. How much of what they have done over the last twenty years has benefitted the majority of Americans vs the minority of wealthy corporate interests? (http://money.cnn.com/2011/09/21/news/economy/middle_class_income/index.h)
Like helping people find freedom. I mean, it's always in countries that have what former Defense Secretary referred to as our national interests. By that of course we mean things that translate to money. It could be minerals and other resources, for example, that mining concerns and related industries would like to get a hold of. There are many places around the world where such commodities are to be found, and many have governments that have been purposefully destabilized by wealthy corporations, that pay corrupt government officials off, so they can get what they want without being beholden to the many people of the respective nation and their government.
If a government begins to solidify, they simply pump money into a "rebel force," and that country is ripe for plunder once again. While the government and rebels are shooting at each other, the wealthy corporations can still get their hands on the bounty where rebels control land and also where the government controls it. When things settle, the nation is in shambles and destabilized. Good to go for more unabated plunder.
We have been told that Afghanistan is about the Taliban and Al Qaeda. But on March 14, 2002, just six months after the attacks of 9/11, then President Bush said regarding Bin Laden, "We haven't heard from him in a long time, I truly am not that concerned about him." (http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Bush-says-bin-Laden-no-threat-Options) They let the guy get away, then waged an eight year war over a "mistake". (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soohikNdbWs) How much of a threat could it have been?
Come on now. We know what it was about. Once the oil was secure in Iraq, then we turned our attention to Afghanistan. Why? The Taliban? That would be laughable, if it wasn't so sad. We actually gave them $43 million in May of 2001, the equivalent of $215 billion to our economy. We knew Al Qaeda had training camps there and that they were sheltering them then. (http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-washington-funded-taliba) We knew Al Qaeda had attacked American Navy vessels and embassies already. Also, they had no plans to stop, and that we also knew.
People might say they have heard Afghanistan has nothing, and is just a pile of rocks. Not true. As the New York Times reported in June of 2010, "The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
"The previously unknown deposits - including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium - are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.
"An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the "Saudi Arabia of lithium," a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys." (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html)
"The Saudi Arabia of lithium." Why would the Pentagon be so concerned? How is that in our "national interest"? How does that benefit you and me? Do you own a mining company that would be digging in Afghanistan? Does anybody you know own one? Does anyone you know get flown to other countries by mining companies to work in their mines? How many decades do you think it's been since American mining concerns stopped hiring Americans and started hiring $0.15 a day locals?
We don't get one dime from those mines. Nothing, yet they expect us to foot the bill to go in and bomb the places until they feel it's safe enough for them to go get more fabulously wealthy than they already are. They want your hard earned tax dollars to go to them so the task can be accomplished, and it does. They are planning on leaving 9,000 troops in Afghanistan, if not more, when we pull out indefinitely. In fact they are not calling it a withdrawal, but an "extended mission".(http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57577620/top-u.s-commander-talks-e/) We got Bin Laden, the war is over. What mission that's of importance to you and me?
We have over 45,000 troops in Germany, and over 9,000 troops in the UK. We have over 10,000 troops in Italy and 1,600 in Spain. We have over 52,000 troops in Japan and over 28,000 in South Korea. We have 15,000 troops in Kuwait and despite the cover, the plan is to leave 8,000 troops in Iraq and quietly pay for 5,000 private security personnel. And in addition to all that and much much more they now want us to foot the bill for 9,000 more troops on an indefinite post in Afghanistan with only God knows how many security personnel.
We pay for that, but get nothing back. We know it is not how the war on terror is won. We killed Bin Laden and the vast majority of the high level terror figures we have through drone strikes, surgical air strikes and Special Forces teams. The muscle is to protect the goods for wealthy corporations that neither you nor I own.
They took from us when they forced us to bail out Wall Street. They took from us when they voted to go into Iraq, for those that did. They took from us when they said Bin Laden was no longer a threat, then changed their minds after the oil was secure.
See that's what "stabilize" the Middle East means. It ain't about terrorists, the American economy or Palestine and Israel. It's a marketing catch phrase. What it really means is to get the place on lock down, so wealthy corporations can go in there and get more wealthy. And it means that we are going to have to foot the bill and die, having never received a dime for the hard earned tax dollars they have swiped from our children, and ourselves. Do Palestine and Israel seem to you like they plan to "stabilize" any time soon? They workin overtime to do that? It seems to me like each side is diggin in for the long haul like petulant teenagers adamant on living off mommy and daddy forever if they can. They'll suck us dry, then let us blow away when they are done.
It is about a bunch of wealthy corporate princesses that expect us to spoil them just because they are who they are. We should fall head over heels for them because they are just so fabulously special. Well they need to get the message, they have nothing we want and are of no use nor interest to us. Get a life!!! Enough's enough!!! Plllleeeease, would you goooo away??!!!!
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