re: #11 mr.ja
1st Problem with that logic: Kuwait already understands we’re only there because they have oil and they still want us there.
2nd Problem: If we were in Afghanistan with resource extraction as a goal, we’d behave differently. We wouldn’t be concerned with local corruption unless it impeded extraction effects and the Inspectors General of various agencies would not get involved when they found companies hosting rape-parties for local bigwigs. It would all be about getting the mines open and the natural gas wells drilled. Afghanistan does have shale, but it cheaper to frack within the US right now. Mountaintop removal for shale extraction isn’t possible there, due to the lack of railroads.