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Afghanistan: Pipelines, Poppy, and the Political Cover of Terrorism

Have you ever heard of TAPI, the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, & India Pipeline? How about the IPI, the Iran, Pakistan, India Pipeline? Growing population and thus energy demands in India and China, and those who want to be the ones who supply it are definitely playing a major role in the mis-adventures in Afghanistan and Iran. Mix a few currency wars in with the energy wars, and you get what we have now...political cover to take out the "evil terrorists" and open markets for US and European corporations and financial institutions.

I'm looking for Condoleeza Rice to make some sort of move in the near future since she used to be a member of the board of directors for Chevron (a big player in TAPI), and also headed Chevron's committee on public policy until she resigned on January 15, 2001, to become National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.

I think our troops will remain in Afghanistan as long as necessary to protect "our" interests. I speculate all the activity in Pakistan has something to do with this too.

Here are a few relevant links for your intellectual's a lot to take in I know, but this should get you started!

The TAPI Natural Gas Pipeline: Status & Source of Potential Delays

IP and TAPI in the 'New Great Game': Can Pakistan Keep Its Hopes High?

Iran and Pakistan keep working on IPI gas pipeline project

Understanding Geo-Politics: The Oil & Gas Wars of Central Asia

Did We Declare Economic War on Iran? Connecting the NDAA, Iran, AIPAC, Netanyahu, OPEC, China, NATO & More!

Pipeline project a new Silk Road

IPI or TAPI for India’s Gas?

China’s Pipelineistan “War”

Now China may play spoiler to TAPI

Clinton praises TAPI pipeline

90% work on IPI pipeline complete within Iran

Okay...your head is probably spinning by now...I'm curious to know your opinions on the macro-view of the grand chess board that is Central Asia and the Middle East.

UPDATE: A commenter below, herbrp, also pointed out the opium trade, so I put together these interesting maps.

Afghanistan Opium Poppy Cultivation, 2002 (source)

Afghanistan Opium Poppy Cultivation, 2010 (source)

Russia blasts US over Afghan drug scheme

Russia accuses the United States of conspiring with Afghanistan's drug producers by refusing to eradicate opium plantations in the country.

US marines, stationed in the opium-growing Helmand province since February, told the villagers that they do not intend to cut the production, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Sunday.

ISAF Concept of Military Operations for Afghanistan - Fall 2011 and Winter 2012 (source) I'm sure it's just a coincidence that our military focus is conveniently in Silk Road alley and exactly where poppy production has increased and also near valuable minerals. Nothing to see here. Keep moving.

Minerals in Afghanistan (source)


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Uhhh, It's Been Around A Long Time

Read PNAC. I don't understand why all this is new to so many people.


It really makes you wonder about

Hamid Karzai's claim that the USG is working behind the scenes with the Taliban to ensure that our military is 'needed' and remains in Afghanistan to provide 'security'.


That's what triggered this post!

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what a complete research project !!

def deserves a BUMP!
so much juicy info....

"He's this eccentric Ghandi-Like figure that you cant touch with the normal bribes that people respond to."
the man Doug Wead on DR. RON PAUL

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Thank you for posting this, Rob.

This looks like a significant read. I have bookmarked for later viewing and I plan to share this with my group.

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Thanks Chris...

I thought about you the other day when I was going through some of my old posts. I'm sure you and your friends will appreciate this post I made a while back if you haven't already looked for yourself. In 2007, when I first started working for the company I work for, I saw a construction dictionary laying on my bosses desk. I couldn't resist looking up the word "pull" for myself. I shared my findings here at the DP:

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After the significant loss of life....

I just told them to "pull it".


Why is this man still walking free???

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

By the way, is been mined by

By the way, is been mined by Chinese corporations under the protection of our military.

Knowledge is the currency of the Universe.-
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

You are forgetting one more

You are forgetting one more piece of the puzzle. The huge deposits of different rare elements, including lanthanum, cerium and neodymium worth trillions of dollars.

Sixth largest in the world.

Knowledge is the currency of the Universe.-
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos

I do not think there is a common agenda.

Like workers do not have common "class" interests, capitalists do not have common "class" interests, other generalization may be misleading too. While some politicians do have personal investments in oil business, others persue their own interests. Wars provide gainful employment for millions of Americans. Each has its own interest to prolong a war or nations building.

For example, CIA agents who cary cash to warlords and trade unions at Lockheed Martin just LOVE it. A war machine can simply put a politician's relative on a payroll via some subcontractor to assure political support.

What's your point?

Workers/employees most definitely have common interests (job security, good pay, safe environment, guaranteed pay for services, etc.) as do capitalists have common interests (open/free markets, closed/restricted markets to their competitors, widely accepted and stable currencies, skilled laborers, protection from gov'ts, etc).

"Each has its own interest to prolong a war or nations building" there is the common interest, "prolonging war" for various reasons.

CIA - bureaucratic self preservation (to allow, as you describe, the perks of said bureaucracy.

I don't understand the point you're trying to make.

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I agree. I don't understand this AIPAC shill either.

Liberty_First' posts are legion and almost ALWAYS incoherent.

Misinformation...or more likely DISinformation.

Norfolk, VA

Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

Keep that Petrodollar alive!

The U.S. will maintain presence in the region to ensure artificial demand for our fiat currency continues. Everyday we talk about the collapse of the dollar ... however, demand is still high for U.S. dollars because we force other countries to sell oil for U.S. dollars. All these "pesky" countries in the "Axis of Evil" do not want to exchange U.S. dollars, so the U.S. has decided to use force, and continue using force, in order to get these nations to comply. Without other countries selling oil for U.S. dollars, it will quickly become obvious how worthless our currency has become.

Right down, the demand for U.S dollars is still sustained because we are using military force to ensure other nations comply with the petrodollar system. Non-compliance by nations with large oil reserves will result in a quick decrease of demand in dollars, and a quick devaluation of our currency.

I find it quite sad how little "supply and demand" we have in this nation. When talking economics, the word 'artificial' must be used too often. Economics is meant to be more of a science... there should be nothing artificial (regulation?) involved.

A lengthy but detailed 4 part read on the petrodollar system for those interested or lacking the background is below. This source also gives details around the pipelines discussed in the original post.

Great Post

Yet I think the West will have considerable competition there. China has been getting many contracts recently.


Great Post

Yet I think the West will have considerable competition there. China has been getting many contracts recently.


Great post

I hope people don't over look the Rothschild Sassoon connection.

The truth is always self evident.

Luke 3:38
Isaiah 43:3-5

This is a great post!

The maps are beautiful. Very informative. Here is video showing Obama in Afghanistan.

The REAL reasons behind The US led invasion of Afghanistan and Pakistan

Pull over... this is the grammar police...

Mix a little currency wars

Try "Mix a few currency wars"

The maps are very helpful to get a visual. It shows you why "we" are most interested in that border region around Kandahar. It also shows why the Taliban is attacking it most often.

We Patriots must unite with the Taliban and start using cash over here. We should also store more than 7 days worth of food and buy more than one gun. (That was for you Mark)

INCIDENTALLY - I am starting the "Mark Potuck Hate Group" officially... if anyone wants to join it.

One other note: The lithium is I believe the primary mineral they are after. I think it is very under-represented on the maps.


Typo corrected! :P

I try not to hate anyone. It takes too much energy to hate!

I think you're right about the Lithium deposits in Afghanistan. I just found this link confirming your belief...

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From the Golden Triangle to Northern Afghanistan...

...the proverbial s***storm never ends. :/ If anyone wants to explore this information (and sourced documents supporting it) further, I highly recommend checking out "The Truth and Lies of 9/11" by Michael Ruppert on YouTube. I owe that video a huge debt of gratitude, as it was my introduction into the "wilderness of mirrors".

I also did a podcast on my website detailing the great drug deception that includes an abridged version of Ruppert's lecture. Even if you don't care to listen, I recommend you check out the URL below if you end up watching "Truth and Lies," as I tried my best to provide links to sources and articles supporting Ruppert's claims.

"The state is the great fictitious entity by which everyone seeks to live at the expense of everyone else."
-Frederic Bastiat

HSBC subsidiary worked opium trade (opium flower logo?)

China Gold, Silver, & Opium Trade Wars

The New York Times, November 4, 1935, speaking of China going off the silver standard, said:

    "Banknotes issued by the government owned Central Bank of China become legal tender---debts payable in silver may be settled in the new legal tender and all holders of silver must surrender it to the Central Bank and accept notes in exchange at face value."
    First China had to accumulate silver in exchange for goods they had to offer, which they did; secondly, they were able to use silver acquired for exports to pay for imported goods.

Here's some historical data on the silver for opium business the British were leaders of (some Americans like the very dirty fur trader, central banker and real estate magnate John Jacob Astor, and French were involved):

    "In 1729, its import was 200 chests, and by 1790 it amounted to over 4,000 chests (256 tons) annually. In 1858, about twenty years after the first opium war, the annual import rose to 70,000 chests (4,480 tons)." ~

It seems incredible that Fekete didn't mention the British opium "trade" run out of British India, which was a scheme the British hatched to "recover" British silver, and silver paid to China by other nations. Speaking of the early 18th century:

    "Western nations are experiencing an outflow of silver bullion to China as a result of the imbalance of trade in China's favor, and they bring opium into China as a commodity to trade to reverse the flow of silver." ~
    China banned opium in 1726, but that was some 35 years before the British East India Company, with a charter from the Crown, undertook to initiate mass exportation of opium into China. Opium addiction soon spread to other areas of China as more ports opened to trade with Westerners. Imports of opium rose from 15 tons in 1730 to over 75 tons in 1773. The article also mentions:
    "By 1830-31, the number of chests of opium brought into China increased fourfold to 18,956 chests. In 1836, the figure exceeded 30,000 chests. In financial terms, trade figures made available by both the British and Chinese governments showed that between 1829-1840, a total of 7 million silver dollars entered China, WHILE 56 MILLION SILVER DOLLARS WERE SUCKED OUT BY THE SOARING OPIUM TRADE. Opium once supported the economies of several nations and that Britain in particular was responsible for the enslavement of millions of Chinese through their addiction to opium. It's hard to imagine that not one, but two wars were fought to force a sovereign nation to open its ports to accept opium. In one of the more shameful episodes of the British Empire, opium was used to balance their trade deficit with China - regardless of the human toll caused by their imports. The Emperor did not want European goods in exchange for tea, porcelain, silks and spices that the English imported from China. The only form of trade that China would accept was silver; but because Britain operated on the gold standard, they had to buy silver on the open market at great expense. This created a trade imbalance that was heavily weighted toward the Chinese. One of the largest opium traders of the day was Jardine-Matheson, a company still in existence today."

Jardine-Matheson: Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) subsidiary. Logo art seems to be an opium flower.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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"Opium War" Emperor History

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

I'd Like To See the Math

If you add up the value of all the mineral resources of Afghanistan, along with the proceeds of the oil pipeline for the next 30 years and then compare it to the amount of money we have already spent on our 12 year war there. The question is: "does the American taxpayer profit, break even, or lose money in the long run"?

No see I think you're missing the point...

the American taxpayer is SUPPOSED to take it in the rear... why are you calculating taxpayer PROFIT??? Silly rabbit... THERE ISN'T ANY!!! There NEVER IS!!!

Laundry Pickup. Got any laundry? Rick Shaw in the Alley.

NY Times: HSBC $2 B Settlement. Too Big to Indict December, 2012. Submitted by Mark Twain on Wed, 12/12/2012

NY Times Editorial: ~ It is a dark day for the rule of law. ~ Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC, the London-based bank, on charges of vast and prolonged money laundering, for fear that criminal prosecution would topple the bank and, in the process, endanger the financial system [the one w/ no Gold nor Silver].

--------------- Hong Kong Shanghai Sustainable Wars ---------------
For HSBC, being sustainable means managing our [opium & other] business across the world for the long term. That means achieving sustainable profits for our shareholders, building long-lasting relationships with customers, valuing our highly committed employees, respecting environmental limits and investing in communities.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

The war on brainwashing never ends...

Federal and state authorities have chosen not to indict HSBC

1) There are no federal and state AUTHORITIES... there are only federal and state SERVANTS.

2) Grand Jury of the PEOPLE are the ones who are supposed to issue the indictments/presentments - not some federal/state actor.

I'm sorry. You are correct.

I'm sorry, bank services & indictment avoided mention of brainwashing. Additional fees, terms or conditions may apply.

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Poppy Bush....

Poppy Bush....

Never be afraid to ask simple questions.

RobHino I don't know if this has anything to do with anything

But I thought of this when I read your piece and I thought I'd share it with you.

I interviewed Kurt Haskell - Underwear Bomber Witness - a while ago via Skype at the public library for my book club.

He related to us that when he started pushing for answers about the experience he and the passengers had on that flight, he started to get phone calls from someone telling him to shut up.

He went to tell us something about it and the Skype connection apparently cut out. I asked him again what he said and the Skype connect cut out momentarily again. (You can watch the youtube clip at the link above) I emailed Kurt after and asked him specifically about that. He said via email response that the guy who called him worked for THE ASIAN DEVELOPMENT BANK. He did not seem to recognize the name.

I relayed to him that the The Asian Development Bank is the company that is (or was at the time) funding the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline to the tune of 7.6 Billion USD.

L-3 is the company that conveniently had the full body scanners on hand for quick distribution to the airports.

I don't know exactly why. But I wanted to share that with you and the DP.

Thanks for sharing!

Yes, I'm a little familiar with those accounts of US complicity. Thanks for your comment. I'm watching the YT video now!

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