By Pepe Escobar
[…] The US and its NATO allies will do – and spend – whatever it takes to implant military bases on the doorstep of both Russia and China and – Allah only knows – get their Trans-Afghan Pakistan gas pipeline on track.
From November 2001 to December 2008, the Bush administration burned $179 billion in Afghanistan, while NATO burned $102 billion. Former NATO head Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said the West would keep troops in Central Asia for 25 years. He was corrected by the British army’s chief of general staff, General David Richards: it will be 40 years. Expect the “evil”, fit Taliban – immune to global warming – to be fighting Enduring Freedom by 2050.