June 17, 2010

POWER WATCH: "THERE IS STUNNING POTENTIAL HERE"

There is stunning potential here,” General David Petraeus, head of the United States Central Command fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, was quoted as saying in the article by James Risen. The Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter wrote that the purported discovery, by a Pentagon-led team of geologists in a comprehensive survey, could transform Afghanistan’s struggling, opium-based economy into (per a leaked Pentagon memo) “the Saudi Arabia of lithium.”
Okay, barring the whole "this has been known for years, if only you hadn't been this fucking lazy to find it", let us think about that little quote (I took it from the Daily Beast, and not from thr NYT itself)...

... let us think about what this means, right?

(1)  A Pentagon-led team of geologists...

Why, I didn't know they had time to do geological surveys in the first place! Nor was I aware that it's part of the Pentagon's remit! To hunt for minerals! What? Are they part-timing for BP? Isn't there a war going on? Aren't we looking for Osama? Trying to stabilize the country? Making it impossible for the Taliban to... nope, apparently, the US Army has become the fucking East India Trade Company!

(2) "There is stunning potential here"

Ex-fucking-scuse me? David Petraeus, that most awesome of all generals, the man with the plan, Stan, they guy who is so close to Bin Laden, he might as well be a fucking hemorrhoid in Bin Laden's ass... he has the time to comment on this? Write memos? Be all over those minerals like a honey-covered whore in a gangbang at Studio 54, roughly 1979? How is that fucking war going, David? Oh, that is right. Not really well, is it? Gosh, maybe you should have asked the Russians. They know a little bit about that part of the world.

In this context, the flap of German President Horst Köhler just a few weeks ago can be seen in an entirely different light, can it? Yes, we are at war to protect the trade interests, but not the interests of our countries. It's the interests of those corporations who have to gain enormous amounts of money by exploiting these "pacified" regions.

While the tax payers have to front the wars themselves.

Wait. It's called... something.

Ah, yes.

Corporate Communism.