Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Real Reason Behind the Drum Beats for War with Iran and Expanded Military Presence in Afghanistan

Today's article titled "The Demise of the Dollar" which we posted earlier provides a reminder as to the real reason why America and Britain are increasing hostilities towards Iran, and looking for increased military presence in Afghanistan. The article by Robert Fisk which appeared in The Independent states:

Iran announced late last month that its foreign currency reserves would henceforth be held in euros rather than dollars. Bankers remember, of course, what happened to the last Middle East oil producer to sell its oil in euros rather than dollars. A few months after Saddam Hussein trumpeted his decision, the Americans and British invaded Iraq.
Sun Bigan, China's former special envoy to the Middle East, has warned there is a risk of deepening divisions between China and the US over influence and oil in the Middle East. "Bilateral quarrels and clashes are unavoidable," he told the Asia and Africa Review. "We cannot lower vigilance against hostility in the Middle East over energy interests and security."
So the real reason Iran and Afghanistan have suddenly moved center-stage is not to clean up the "nuclear threat" or the “Al Qaeda/Taliban threat”, but to have a military base in the oil rich Middle East. That way, the U.S. keeps a hold on oil (critical to maintaining the USD as a reserve currency, as we explore in our upcoming article) and to counter the growing influence of China, Russia and India.
After the Iraq war became too much of a quagmire and the U.S. was forced to retreat, the army need a new military base...and it found one conveniently next door in Afghanistan. President Obama has already proclaimed that the U.S. is not leaving Afghanistan. This means that despite Obama playing up appearances of deep thought and deliberation, an increased troop presence there is only a matter of time.

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