If you thought we would be leaving Afghanistan anytime this century, then I suggest letting that thought go. Apparently, there was a discovery of minerals in Afghanistan that sounds akin to the discovery of oil in Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, over at Huffington Post, Paul Jay (Real News) points out that we have known about the potential for massive amounts of minerals in Afghanistan since '07.
Though President Bush did not go into Afghanistan with this information in mind, I wonder if President Obama will keep us in Afghanistan to protect and ultimately exploit resources that our corporations (the real power of our nation) could use. If it goes as I suppose it will, then the United States will be tethered to yet another Asian country that doesn't exactly welcome us with open arms.