After reading the story below I kinda wish our country would have went to war for oil like so many finatic and un-educated ultra-lefties accused us of doing.
The U.S. has spent a decade, $500 billion and 1,863 lives trying to square away Afghanistan. Yet China – which has done nothing in the past 10 years to bring stability to that troubled land – has just become the first foreign country to ink a pact with the Afghan government to try to tap into its oil and gas reserves. It could be worth billions.
Not sure the notion of the U.S. making the world safe for U.S. oil drilling makes sense, or is wise politically. But there is something unsettling about the world’s most populous nation sitting on the sidelines, waiting for the IED-triggered dust to settle, then swooping in to stake its claim on soil soaked in American blood.
I mean at least we would have benefited as a country from it. To think that the Chinese of all the people in the world are now going to swoop in and start exploiting the resources of Afghanistan for profit, is a tad upsetting. Yes it could be good for the country to have income from something besides our handouts, but that is assuming Afghanistan as a whole will benefit from it and not a select few corrupt politicians. Corruption is so bad in Afghanistan I am not sure a venture like this can get around it.
I realize that the goal is for Afghanistan to stand on their own, generate their own revienue, and survive as a functioning government and country. However to ink deals like this with a country that did nothing to help while our sons and daughters continue to bleed out and lose limbs on the same soil which may have a Chinese oil rig on it soon isn’t right. I mean even if the Brits, Aussies, Italians or heck even the Germans had first dibs because they helped liberate the country, that would be better than China.