Interesting article here.
Marines gone rogue or leading the fight against counterinsurgency?
See how that title sets the parameters for your thinking?
It gives you, your either/or- way to think. And don't you even consider anything else!
Clever distraction and an attempt to mislead? Absolutley.
What if the marines have not gone rogue and are not fighting a counterinsurgency.
Dismiss that nonsense and the reality will fall into place.
The Marines are very busy in Delaram, in the Nimruz province of Afghanistan.
Just, all sorts of activity.
Building, a vast base on the outskirts of town that will have two airstrips, an advanced combat hospital, a post office, a large convenience store and rows of housing trailers.
All this in ' uninhabited desert' in an area described as "the end of the Earth."
Well, we can dismiss the counterinsurgency. Nothing and no one to fight in uninhabited desert at the end of the earth.
Marines gone rogue? In the middle of nowhere? That makes no sense either.
So what is all the hustle and bustle about in Delaram, in the Nimruz province?
US Marine Commanders say "They see controlling this corner of remote Nimruz province as essential to promoting economic development" Economic Development?
Of what? For Whom?
This is where a map will come in handy.
You can see where Delaram is located.
In the middle of nowhere but, vital for economic development?
Now for another map
Click on that one, at the originating article Pipeline opens new front in Afghan war to enlarge the image. This article, from 2008, is about the TAPI pipeline.
Energy economist John Foster says the pipeline is part of a wider struggle by the United States to counter the influence of Russia and Iran over energy trade in the region."
The so-called Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline has strong support from Washington because the U.S. government is eager to block a competing pipeline that would bring gas to Pakistan and India from Iran.
The pipeline proposal goes back to the 1990s, when the Taliban government held talks with California-based Unocal Corp. – and its U.S. government backer – while considering a competing bid by Argentina's Bridas Corp.(recall that, prior to the convenient and timely 9/11 attacks, the justification to invade Afghanistan?)
"There is a “historic opportunity … of having an open Afghanistan that can act as a conduit for energy, ideas, people, trade, goods from Central Asia and other places down to the Arabian Sea.”
And consider this, when thinking about the urge to attack Iran
“From the U.S. viewpoint, the idea of blocking Iran is of paramount significance,” he said.
And finally- "the project is seen as a key part of Afghanistan's strategic development plan, which Canada and its NATO partners have endorsed as critical to establishing its political stability"
If you put the two maps together, it looks to me as if the pipeline, the TAPI pipeline crosses very near to the brand new huge base at Delaram, that we are supposed to believe is being built by soldiers who have either gone rogue or are fighting a non-existent bunch of insurgents.
One more point to make- when you go to the article and click on the picture there is an interesting little heading above it, just a little blurb.
The natural gas pipeline is slated to run through Afghanistan and into the 'volatile Baluchistan region' of Pakistan, of course, made all the more volatile by US drones and bombs.
Clearing people for pipelines is a dirty business