Modern Afghanistan is ancient Buddhist India, Gandhara, in the northwest frontier. It is possibly the location of the Buddha's hometown, the Shakyan Kingdom, even as official history tries to maintain that the extent of the Shakyan world was all in Nepal.
The MIC (military-industrial complex) will not settle for less than total spectrum dominance in the region. Iran is next. And it will never leave Iraq, even as B.S. Obama brags about the murder of Osama bin Laden, secretly bombs Pakistan (and its CIA equivalent the ISI), and launches drone attacks throughout the Islamic world, most notably in northern Africa and the geopolitical Middle East (Libya, Sudan, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria...)
Mes Aynak Afghan Buddhist Monastery: future Chinese copper mine (time.com)
By further impoverishing war-torn Afghanistan, the formerly Buddhist country (a cosmopolitan center along the Silk Route that took Buddhism to Greece, Siberia, Central Asia, and China) has little choice but to accept mining money over preserving remnants of its lost Buddhist heritage.
Warlord buyer and warlord sellout: Sec'y of War and former CIA Director Leon Panetta and Afghanistan's puppet President Hamid Karzai, Kabul, Dec. 14, 2011.
US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, presents Purple Hearts to military personnel of the 172nd Infantry Brigade Task Force Blackhawks at a forward operating base in Sharana, Afghanistan, Dec. 14, 2011.
Panetta: US Winning War [on] Afghanistan
Voice of America (VOA.com)
U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday that the U.S.-led coalition is winning the war [on] Afghanistan as foreign troops continue to transfer [police state control] of the country to Afghan forces ahead of a 2014 deadline.
Panetta told U.S. troops stationed in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika that they face significant challenges in the "very tough conflict." But he promised to establish a safe, self-governing country where the [CIA-created] Taliban and al-Qaida cannot find refuge.
The defense secretary is on a two-day visit to Afghanistan to check on the progress of U.S.-led counterinsurgency efforts, which he says reached a "turning point" this year after a decade of fighting the Taliban.
Panetta is expected to meet later Wednesday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Secretary Panetta has been meeting with U.S. military commanders and Afghan officials to discuss the ongoing transfer of security to Afghan forces. More
(MarzuqVision) Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari publicly admitted that the Taliban was created and financed by American (CIA) and Pakistani (ISI) intelligence services in an interview that aired on NBC's "Meet The Press" (The Rabbit Hole).