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Talking Points on the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline

American troops will not be back home from Afghanistan until after 2014. That is when the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is scheduled to be operational.

In the mid 1990s, Unocol [Union Oil Company of California, which merged with Chevron in 2005] began plans for an oil and a gas pipeline from rich oilfields in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan, that would run from the Caspian Sea through Afghanistan and Pakistan and finally to India. A route through Afghanistan is the shortest route to the sea and has relatively favorable terrain for a pipeline.

The Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline is the reason the Taliban rose to power. Unocol and the CIA helped to put the Taliban in power, thinking that the new regime would permit them to build the pipeline. Once in power, the Taliban failed to keep its part of the bargain.

[In October 2001, the United States responded to the 9/11 attacks by invading Afghanistan to depose the Taliban.]

On December 22, 2001 a US-backed interim government headed by Hamid Karzai took office in Kabul, Afghanistan. Hamid Karzai had formerly functioned as a Unocal Corporation consultant.

Almost immediately, talks resumed about the planned Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline. The new deal on the pipeline was signed on 27 December 2002 by the leaders of Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The 1,680 kilometre (1,040 mi) pipeline will run from the Dauletabad gas field to Afghanistan. From there TAPI will be constructed alongside the highway running from Herat to Kandahar, and then via Quetta and Multan in Pakistan. The final destination of the pipeline will be the Indian town of Fazilka, near the border between Pakistan and India.

The pipeline is expected to be operational by 2014. In order to build that pipeline, the U.S. needs to subdue the Taliban.

[Excerpts of an article by McCamy Taylor]

See: What are we fightin’ for?


18 Responses to “Talking Points on the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline”

  1. As a further confirmation, this from Craig Murray, the rector of the University of Dundee in Scotland and until 2004 the UK’s ambassador to Uzbekistan:

    Murray said after his stint as ambassador, “I was absolutely stunned — it changed my whole world view in an instant…”

    Murray asserts that the primary motivation for US and British military involvement in central Asia has to do with large natural gas deposits in Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. As evidence, he points to the plans to build a natural gas pipeline through Afghanistan that would allow Western oil companies to avoid Russia and Iran when transporting natural gas out of the region.

    Murray alleged that in the late 1990s the Uzbek ambassador to the US met with then-Texas Governor George W. Bush to discuss a pipeline for the region, and out of that meeting came agreements that would see Texas-based Enron gain the rights to Uzbekistan’s natural gas deposits, while oil company Unocal worked on developing the Trans-Afghanistan pipeline.

    “The consultant who was organizing this for Unocal was a certain Mr. Karzai, who is now president of Afghanistan,” Murray noted.

    “There are designs of this pipeline, and if you look at the deployment of US forces in Afghanistan, as against other NATO country forces in Afghanistan, you’ll see that undoubtedly the US forces are positioned to guard the pipeline route. It’s what it’s about. It’s about money, it’s about oil, it’s not about democracy.”

  2. Theres only one way to do that, to subdue the Taliban and That is to Fight them on the Ground where the Pipelines will be running. For they[WE] would have to stop, Construction all the Time, or loose the Battle with Time. For the Afghan and Pakistan Public will be enjoying the Revenue without any Taliban Input or Interest in a War at all. The Taliban’s have already killed the Public interest, in their way of doing Business, this makes the War more affordable and more accurate with The Intel Business which will Yield some Major Victories too. Just keep the Heat on The Taliban, as well as Al-Qaeda and they will Panic enough Times, to erase, all the Opportunities to ever gain a Victory, this happens by leaps and Bounds, every time they Kill some More Pakistani’s and Afghan’s. They will loose more and more Support, as they literally Discendegrate before Our Eyes Too.

    • Since your thoughts so well illustrate the type of reaction far too many typical Americans have — ignoring the real facts about these “wars of democracy” etc that corporate interests have drawn us into — I “welcome” your post here, simply as a case in point.

      And this is not to speak of the “facts” you create out of thin air (eg “For the Afghan and Pakistan Public will be enjoying the Revenue without any Taliban Input…”)

  3. […] of the Bush administration, were desperately trying to work out a deal with the Taliban to build an oil pipeline through Afghanistan. The Caspian oil reserves are of top strategic importance in the quest to control the earth’s […]

  4. The pipeline is perhaps part of the reason but it contradicts the Taliban dismay at America’s refusal to help the Taliban rebuild Afghanistan once it had thrown out the USSR.

    America would have to be extremely naive to assume they could ignore the Taliban once it had defeated the USSR AND allow the pipeline to proceed uninterrupted.

    Militarily it doesn’t explain why President Bush choose to turn his sights on Iraq before American troops had secured the planned pipeline. The logic is inescapable but it doesn’t tell the whole story.

  5. I don`t care who the taliban think they are but they are just a bunch of criminal Druglords that wanted to rule the world. From the drug infestation of the sixties and seventies till now the druglords have steadily and ever increasingly want to seduce the whole world in a massive drug induced orgy and war that they so ignorantly thought they could do by empowering their narcocrimminal terrorist networks and involve the religious views and many lies to include the whole worlds money making machines of the mafia`s of the world. By so doing they have harnessed many sycho-social views of a vagrant world of poor people that blame God and the whole world for their own demise. The blame gaame is important to the Psycological Warfare of the Evil Jihads. There is probably nothing short of their extermination which we did to Nazi Germany in WWII thatwill destroy this vermin.

    • I agree that drugs, in particular the hard stuff like heroin, are a menace to society at large. The question though is: Who are the real drug lords?

      And as a second question, is your statement “the taliban … are just a bunch of criminal Druglords that wanted to rule the world” accurate?

      The former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan (country nearby Afghanistan) quoted in an earlier comment, wrote of Afghanistan:

      “The key question is this: what are our servicemen dying for? There are glib answers to that: bringing democracy and development to Afghanistan, supporting the government of President Hamid Karzai in its attempt to establish order in the country, fighting the Taliban and preventing the further spread of radical Islam into Pakistan.

      “But do these answers stand up to close analysis? The occupation of Afghanistan has wrought one massive transformation, a development so huge that it has increased Afghan GDP by 66 per cent and constitutes 40 per cent of the entire economy. The achievement is the highest harvests of opium the world has ever seen.

      The Taliban had reduced the opium crop to precisely nil. I would not advocate their methods for doing this, which involved lopping bits, often vital bits, off people. But one of the things the Taliban were vehemently against was opium.

      “Now we are occupying the country, that has changed. According to the United Nations, 2006 [when this was written] was the biggest opium harvest in history, smashing the previous record by 60 per cent. This year will be even bigger. And Afghanistan no longer exports much raw opium at all. It now exports heroin.

      “How can this have happened, and on this scale? The answer is simple.

      The four largest players in the heroin business are all senior members of the Afghan government, the government that our soldiers are fighting and dying to protect.”

  6. […] power’. The assumption is that ‘the Taliban would bring stability to Afghanistan and permit the building of oil pipelines from Central Asia through Afghanistan to Pakistan’. US companies involved in the project included UNOCAL and ENRON. As early as May 1996, UNOCAL […]

  7. There is still keen interest in the pipeline.

    ‘Since the US-led offensive that ousted the Taliban from power,’ reported Forbes in 2005, ‘the project has been revived and drawn strong US support’ as it would allow the Central Asian republics to export energy to Western markets ‘without relying on Russian routes’.

    Then-US Ambassador to Turkmenistan Ann Jacobsen noted that: ‘We are seriously looking at the project, and it is quite possible that American companies will join it.’

    The problem remains that the southern section of the proposed pipeline runs through territory still de facto controlled by Taliban forces.

  8. The Taliban needs Badly to Hold this Ground or Lose this War. They will be concentated here the Heaviest for they must maintain there control of the Pipeline Strategy as well as the Fertile Fields for growing their Poppies.. Right now that is all they can Masterand if they Fail they cannot enter into Pakistan either for the Paakistani Forces are tired of doing all the pllanning and maitenance work for the Taliban.. al-Qaeda cannot get their Operations off the ground either so they are too visable when they plan anything. So the Talibban is the last stronghold of the terrorists operations and they aare stalemated and one move away from checkmate. The longer they linger the worse their publicity will be till they ca no longer recruit anyone and they fall apart. Defeated and Humiliated. They are now dawning on the fear that they will be /it with the biggest attack ever and not know when it will come.

  9. can we get some info on how chevron is to share the profits from the pipe line with the aghans and paks? there must be some kind of agreement between the american oil co and those govts. but how is the profit going to benefit the PEOPLE?
    cant we boycott chevron? or insist that they do not make an excessive profit? ALL the money from the pipeline should go to the people considering how we’ve destroyed their lives and sucked on their blood.
    i want to see bigger anti war demonstrations! what is wrong with those jerky college kids. they r supposed to be society’s activists. they probably all hope to get jobs with chevron.

  10. […] that pipeline, the U.S. needs to subdue the Taliban. [Excerpts of an article by McCamy Taylor] Talking Points on the Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline Moral Outrage Attached Thumbnails   Last edited by Cancer_Researcher; Today at 03:04 […]

  11. These economic wars to support U.S. business monopolies have been going on for at least a 100 years. This is just another such war which I want to say I do not support. Another reason for the war is to surround Iran from two sides to protect Israel by surrounding Iran and taking over Iraq. I do not see what Israel has ever done for the U.S. that would support these wars. I would not support the Israeli’s at all. This country will end up getting into the equivalent of WWIII to protect Israel. If there is a God and he is on their side I cannot believe he absolutely must have our help. For the U.S. to be held hostage by Israeli nuclear bonbs is revolting. ” Well you know what will happen if we are against the wall militarily and must defend ourselves in the last ditch.” So because of nuclear bombs we in effect gave to the Israelis we must now do what they say or else. We will be in the Mideast in force from here on out, in effect forever, because we want to be there for business reasons and to help out our religious friends who are blackmailing us.

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  13. How do you feel about protesting this pipeline? What real steps can we take?

  14. The only proper way for the oil companies to protect their investment is to hire their own armies. Private contractors, such as Blackwater, have been used from the beginning, but only in a minimal capacity. Unocal had enough influence with congress to get the American taxpayers to pay for all of this without public knowledge (under the guise of “chasing al Qaida”) while using our troops against the wrong enemy. (They signed up to go after Osama Bin Laden.) I can see what a boon it would be for any business to get tax money and military personnel for free, but it’s time for the troops to come home. Let the oil barons pay for the protection they’ve been getting at our expense for over 10 years. It’s long past due.

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