Is it geo-politics or oil, or....? Can you have it both, or all ways?<quoted text>
Why would Afghanistan be "ANY" threat to the second most powerful nation on earth?
It is Geopolitics plain and simple.
The Cold War started right after WWII so it goes back way before Vietnam.
Afghanistan is mostly dirt and mountains so again why would the Soviets want it?
IMO it had much to do with the OIL STANS and future pipelines and an easy route to the sea.
Example 101 Qwerty:
Remember Douglas J. Feith immediately after September 11, 2001 he recommended invading South America "Venezuela" for OIL.
THESE PEOPLE IN POWER NEVER WANT TO WASTE A CRISIS!
The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism
http://tinyurl.com/2aqdqh September 17th, 2007
Pinochet's coup in Chile. The massacre in Tiananmen Square. The collapse of the Soviet Union. September 11th, 2001. The war on Iraq. The Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Award-winning investigative journalist Naomi Klein brings together all of these world-changing events in her new book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." In her first national broadcast interview since the publication of "The Shock Doctrine," Klein joins us in our firehouse studio for the hour. Klein writes, "The history of the contemporary free market was written in shocks." She argues that "Some of the most infamous human rights violations of the past thirty-five years, which have tended to be viewed as sadistic acts carried out by anti-democratic regimes, were in fact either committed with the deliberate intent of terrorizing the public or actively harnessed to prepare the ground for the introduction of radical free-market reforms
You must be making your head spin with all this flipping around.
The Great Game preceeds all your recent history review, BTW.
In terms of Afghanistan, again, the TAP pipeline has never been built, and never will be, twenty years later.
But even the Soviets had done mineral analysis, VDubya.
Now it was I who indicated the Soviets wanted a warm water port.
Too bad they didn't get Karachi when they had the chance.
The area would be more "stable".