The Good War: Pentagon’s “BUSINESS Task Force” Announces Plans to Steal Afghanistan’s Natural Resources

by Scott Creighton

Ah, the Good War in Afghanistan. You know, Iraq and Pakistan and Yemen and soon Iran… all those “wars” were based on lies… we know that. But at least we know “The Good War” was about 9/11, right?

They aren’t even trying to continue the charade anymore. The marriage of the corporation and the government is right out in the open in today’s New York Times as they pretty much announce that the Pentagon is nothing more than the enforcement division of the combined mergers and acquisitions department of a few hundred of the nation’s leading businesses. 

Apparently we have stuck it out in Afghanistan longer than any other war in history because, hell, the Pentagon Business Task Force found trillions of dollars worth of minerals like lithium, copper, and GOLD littered all over the country and goddamn it, they are going to get it no matter how many poor people have to die in the process.

But Afghanistan is The Good War… and don’t you ever say otherwise.

In 2004, American geologists, sent to Afghanistan as part of a broader reconstruction effort, stumbled across an intriguing series of old charts and data at the library of the Afghan Geological Survey in Kabul that hinted at major mineral deposits in the country…

There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday…

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

Armed with the old Russian charts, the United States Geological Survey began a series of aerial surveys of Afghanistan’s mineral resources in 2006

The data from those flights was so promising that in 2007, the geologists returned for an even more sophisticated study…

The handful of American geologists who pored over the new data said the results were astonishing.

 In 2009, a Pentagon task force that had created business development programs in Iraq was transferred to Afghanistan, and came upon the geological data. Until then, no one besides the geologists had bothered to look at the information — and no one had sought to translate the technical data to measure the potential economic value of the mineral deposits.

Soon, the Pentagon business development task force brought in teams of American mining experts to validate the survey’s findings, and then briefed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Mr. Karzai. New York Times

Now let’s see… I wonder who decides “who gets what”?  Do you think there MAY have been a “mining rights law” set in place when we came in and took over? Do you think there might be one? And who would have written it? The people of their country perhaps?  Let’s see…

Endless fights could erupt between the central government in Kabul and provincial and tribal leaders in mineral-rich districts. Afghanistan has a national mining law, written with the help of advisers from the World Bank, but it has never faced a serious challenge.  New York Times

I see. We had the World Bank help write the mining laws for a country we were in the process of invading. Ah, that makes sense. And who runs the World Bank right now?  Ah yes, Robert Bruce Zoellick.

Senior International Advisor to Goldman Sachs.

Zoellick signed the January 26, 1998 letter to President Bill Clinton from PNAC that advocated war against Iraq.

During 1999, Zoellick served on a panel that offered Enron executives briefings on economic and political issues

In the 2000 U.S. presidential election campaign, Zoellick served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush as part of a group, led by Condoleezza Rice, that called itself The Vulcans.

James Baker designated him as his second-in-command—”a sort of chief operating officer or chief of staff”—in the 36-day battle over recounting the vote in Florida

He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Now Zoellick took over for the previous World Bank head… what was that guys name? Did he have anything to do with helping format George Bush’s foreign policies which ended up getting us into the war with Afghanistan?  let’s see…

Wolfowitz attended the University of Chicago where Leo Strauss was teaching.

In the 1970s Wolfowitz served as an aide to Democratic Senator Henry M. Jackson, who influenced several neoconservatives, including Wolfowitz and Richard Perle.

In 1982, the new U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz appointed Wolfowitz as Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

From 1986 to 1989, during the military-backed government of President Suharto, Wolfowitz was the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Indonesia. (Wan’t Barack Obama’s Mother still there at the time? Small world)

1992. Many of the ideas in the Wolfowitz Doctrine later became part of the Bush Doctrine

Wolfowitz served as a foreign policy advisor to George W. Bush as part of the group led by Condoleezza Rice calling itself The Vulcans

In 2000, while working with the neocon Project for the New American Century, Wolfowitz participated in a project to write a document called “Rebuilding Americas Defenses” in which they made the statement…

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor.

So in 2000 the guys who met with Condi Rice and Dick Cheney and Dov Zacheim (his company made remote control systems for passenger planes, by the way), Zoellick and Wolfowitz, to plan George Bush’s foreign policy (just in CASE he got elected) and BOTH end up becoming head of the World Bank, which helps write the “mineral law” for a country we invaded…

and it just so happens the Pentagon Business Task Force has been looking for buried treasure since at least as long as 2004. Now they have mapped all the goodies and they are about to help divi it all up…

Oh, did I happen to mention that the “New Pearl Harbor event” they wrote about just HAPPENED to be what got us into Afghanistan in the first place?  Did I mention that?

31 Responses

  1. Ahh the good war to protect the opium poppies?

  2. it don’t get much “gooder” than that… oil pipelines, heroin, a central bank, copper, lithium, and gold. that’s a balanced diet for a globalist banker

  3. Now that is first class conspiracy theorizing. Nice job Scott. I just read this article myself and thought I would look to see if you had covered it yet. Holy shit, said I. The neo-liberals must be chomping at the bit to get into Afghanistan and show those ignorant savages how to rape and pillage the land Allah gave us (I mean them). No wonder they’re so desparate to eliminate the Taliban (impediment to control) and so set against trying to talk with any of them.

    Yes, they have apparently known about this for quite some time. The question should be asked though, Why at this particular time should they decide to disclose this “startling revelation” that they would like us to believe had been stuck on a shelf and forgotten about?

  4. Off topic, but uh, SOUND THE ALARM!
    The Feds are claiming that civilians are clamoring for drones to fill the skies and monitor every aspect of their lives. Sadly they will have to wait for the logistics to be worked out. Patience people. They are working on it.

    Headline: Feds under pressure to open US skies to drones

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  6. I think you DID mention that at least once.

  7. Buelahman;

    Ok good. I would hate to think that I forgot to mention that.

  8. Shawn;

    You know, I was just saying to myself the other day, I would really like to see some drones flying through the air carrying out secret black-bag type operations here in America…

    because god knows we want to make sure we fight them “over there” rather than “over here”… and by “ovr there” I mean over in the bad section of town near the train tracks and the high school…

  9. Shawn;

    “Why at this particular time should they decide to disclose this “startling revelation””

    I wonder if it has anything to do with the Wikileaks/State Department communications scandal going on.

    I mean, if they lost control of a bunch of communications that seem to focus on raping Afghanistan of their mineral deposits, this just might be a way of trying to reclaim control of the narrative before they come out.

  10. I see that google is all over this revelation.

    Your latest ad ….

    Ads by Google
    Lithium Mining Stock
    This Little-Known Company is Set to Skyrocket. New Investor Report.

  11. are you kidding? why do they hide the Google ads from the owner of the webpage? how tacky is that?

    Jesus. My numbers are back to where they were prior to the Cheonan coverage… why the hell are they still running ads on my site?

  12. and for those of you who don’t know yet, with the help of a reader here, Victor, I put together a slight update to the Sinking of the Cheonan: We Are Being Lied To story.

    Though I know I had come to believe that my analysis was flawed due to another drawing having been used in the presentation in South Korea, turns out, I was correct all along; the drawing I compared to the evidence was in fact what they claim to have been the North Korean torpedo that sunk the Cheonan.

  13. I read that Kucinich on June 7, called for the end to ‘the longest war’,

    maybe that is why they are revealing the ‘gold’ and mining possibilities….
    also ‘American Jews’ (probably Israel) is openly pushing against Kucinich about a letter he wrote demanding the US takes action against Israel for the murders on the fotilla.

    looks like their is a war trying to emerge in congress.
    we need to back Kucinich or they will probably kill him.

  14. Reclaiming control of the narrative line might run something like, “Well, we ought to get compensated something for what we spent rescuing Afghanistan.”

    And, protests I’ve been to are, lots of times, over in the bad sections of town, near the tracks…

    r ap

  15. I’ve been out on road switching between different radio stations and this mineral story is one of the top ones, especially on NPR. It’s being hinted at as new information.

    So I called my mother to have her look up in my 1960 World Book encyclopedia where it stated about Afghanistan’s vast mineral resources, mentioning all of them except for lithium. That does beg the question why now? It’s sort of like them saying that the Iraqi oil would pay for the war.

    As for those drones over America, I’m sure glad the census people have taken GPS readings for every front door in the country, it’ll be so much easier hitting the ‘bad guys.’

  16. I think the drone pilots are more interested in targeting the wedding parties in Vegas at the “Elvis’ Lil Chapel O Luv” Repeption Hall, Gas Station, and Bingo Parlor

  17. The drone story serves at least two purposes.
    1. A test to see what level of indifference or panic and paranoid outcry the public will respond with to such an eventuality.
    2. It may be a Republican plant story to incite the teabaggers and boost NRA membership. Texans would likely vow to shoot those bastards down themselves if they are used for any purpose other than border security.

  18. just put up nets and capture the little ones….. then sell them at the flea market….. 🙂

  19. I’m pretty certain some extremely clever college students will figure away to hack these drones and take over control :p


  21. What a riot. Thanks for the laughs guys. Where did I put that butterfly net? The comments section of that article does contain an interesting mix now. Everything from “great idea” or “That’s nothing new” or “this is nothing to worry about” to “we will not tolerate this” and “Run, it’s a government takeover”

  22. Guess we are all getting ‘slap happy’……. old saying….

  23. […] The Good War: Pentagon’s “BUSINESS Task Force” Announces Plans to Steal Afghanistan’s Natural Resources (via American Everyman) Posted on June 14, 2010 by Orwell's Dreams  Ah, the Good War in Afghanistan. You know, Iraq and Pakistan and Yemen and soon Iran… all those “wars” were based on lies… we know that. But at least we know “The Good War” was about 9/11, right? They aren’t even trying to continue the charade anymore. The marriage of the corporation and the government is right out in the open in today’s New York Times as they pretty much announce that the Pentagon is nothing more than the … Read More […]

  24. Well, I for one have no problem with drones. I know the government will keep us safe from whomever we need to be kept safe from. What’s all the fuss about? /sarcasm

  25. That’s the problem, AJ… they gonna tie us little sheepies in a closed pen to keep us safe from the mighty wolf who may be extinct but just in case it arises from the dead, we will be safe and secure even if they have to murder us to keep that mighty wolf from slaughtering us….. but ‘it’ can feast off our decomposing bodies and grow so fat that it will explode……. Argh!!!!!

  26. Had it explained to me this morning by somebody in the State Department–the ‘good’ part of this good war: It’s good that we are in a position to help Afghanistan manage this wealth–like, the ‘good’ in greed is good.

    He didn’t say nothing about the ‘war’ part, but he probably knows we already know that it’s always good to war against the poor. Can’t count the times I’ve heard it said: “I work hard for my money, so why should I have to support those who don’t.”–and always said with the jaw sticking out, like daring an argument.

    Well, that’s not going to get many arguments here, in America. Never has. Here in America, we throw our poor into pens, like Jan talks about–teach them a lesson.

    But, now that those pens can’t keep up, we’re working out a way for our drones to help out.

    r ap

  27. Why now if this have been known for many years?

  28. Well done your highness jlennoon, king of Youtube video posting. This video addresses my previous query perfectly. I think this guy, whoever he is gets one thing right. This announcement is likely an appeal to our NATO allies not to pull out before the big payoff. His speculation that they are grooming Patraeus for president (our next McArthur) seems a bit out of left field though. I don’t think he could get elected solely out of confidence that he would be more aggressive in Afghanistan wealth extraction. The current administration is already working on it actively.

    What this guy misses from the story is the subtle inference that there is also mineral wealth to be had in Pakistan. The article mentions that a significant portion of the deposits in Afghanistan are near the Pakistan border, hence the subtle inference. Couple this with renewed U.S. assertions that Pakistan is protecting, funding, and cooperating with Afghani Taliban operating from within their borders and we have both a military and economic motivation to escalate operations in Pakistan without Pakistani cooperation.

  29. Thanks Shawn!

    However there were some comments by Ex Congressman Massa on a possible Cheney’s Coup.
    He says Cheney asked Petreous to be the next president or perhaps next Dictator-Emperor.

    Possible. why Not?

    I don’t doubt ANYTHING about Dick Cheney

  30. This British Member of Parliament is quite open about the fact that the British Establishment is making a lot of money out of this war:

    “I declare an interest in relation to the next issue that I want to raise: I have shareholdings in Shell and Rio Tinto Zinc. During our visit, we heard about the country’s resources, which include the second largest reserves of copper in the world. What training and guidance are being given to the Government of Afghanistan to ensure that they get the best benefit from their mineral resources and do not end up being exploited when those resources are developed? What advice and development will be given on negotiating contracts and ensuring that they are effective?”

    Don’t blame me, I did not vote for Sir Robert Hill Smith MP, third baronet Crowmallie.

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