What are we doing there anyway.. and why? Motivation, motivation, motivation.
Opium production in Afghanistan in 2001 was decimated to near zero by the Taliban's anti-drug measures... and was quickly restored after the coalition invasion of November 2001.
Then there was the issue of the projected Unocal pipeline from the Caspian to the Indian Ocean
oil terminals.. and the Taliban was playing hardball... "which did not go down all that well".....
Then, we got the issue of Afghanistan's huge and largely unexploited mineral wealth
. Did the Taliban have the means, and the motivation to exploit these resources on their own? No way.... huge foreign investment was essential.. and that required a western friendly government.
Just prior to the invasion, the Taliban dynamited the Bamiyan Buddha statues
. For some reason that eludes logic, the US (and European) corporate media jumped onto this story with the same degree of fervor that characterizes coverage of a royal wedding or the Academy Awards... except this Bamiyan Buddha issue was all over the headlines for weeks. This was out of pattern: since when did the desecration of a group of obscure archeological artifacts in the mountains of a remote part of a country, 10,000 miles away, that 80% of Americans were unable to locate on a global map .. suddenly become a hugely newsworthy item... and since when did the US powers that be give two shits about Buddhist relics? Gimme a break already.
This story was all about the relentless demonizing of the Taliban, and the effect on the national psyche. Before the Bamiyan incident the Taliban was an obscure group of religious extremists... mention the Taliban to Joe Public and the chances were that a 'glassy eyed stare' would be forthcoming. After the Bamiyan media blitz, the Taliban were Public Enemy Number One. This just one more factor to prime and soften the US (and world) public, in the support for the already planned invasion of Afghanistan. Saving Buddhist statues? Yeah, right. Puhlease....
Then there was that issue of planes hitting buildings in NYC and DC, and the instant linking of such with Afghanistan .... timing.
Follow the money. OIL, DRUGS, MINERALS, WAR.