Wednesday, 2 December 2009

“hope” and “change” and the "afghanistan pipeline"


Catching up with the preparations in respect to Afghanistan and the Obama choice to deliver the 7th Cavalry, reminds me of the so-called left here in Britain who were hoping, praying for his election as if it were a divine heavenly deliverance from evil and, I suppose compared to the last administration, it’s the lesser of two evils.
But the decision to send 30,000 additional troops comes as no big surprise, despite the length of time that Obama has taken to contemplate his options, which were always going to be what he decided in the end. He may be the Commander in Chef but at the end of the day he’s merely a puppet to the rich and influentially powerful who own, control the profit making apparatus.

So I’m just remembering “hope” and “change” promised by the Obama campaign.

Most of us know that the Middle East is a centre of activity for world oil production. Some of us have heard about the Caspian Sea, and the touted possibilities for great oil resources there. But few would think that rocky, war torn Afghanistan might be part of this energy production picture. Yet it most certainly is. And the information about Afghanistan's role is readily available on the World Wide Web to anyone who wants to investigate. The vast energy reserves in Central Asia and vast energy reserves in Central Asia and the Caucasus have made the region a priority for the United States.

The United States has to get that oil and will make a deal with whatever governments are there in place that is willing to work with
them.

The US government Energy Information fact sheet on Afghanistan dated December 2000 says that, "Afghanistan's significance from an energy standpoint stems from its geographic position as a potential transit route for oil and natural gas exports from Central Asia to the Arabian Sea. This potential includes a multi-billion dollar oil and gas export pipelines through Afghanistan.




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