In a wry but spot on article published at Global Research, Felicity Arbuthnot demonstrates through her 9 year old world atlas, the real reasons for US invasions--oil, precious minerals, rare earths, and other valued commodities.
Satellites can detect mineral deposits from space. The presence of rare minerals in Afghanistan is really old news.
The War on Terror is a convenient cover for invading resource rich nations.
The US populace may still believe in the principle of self-determination, but our government and our largest corporations certainly do not.
The article is definitely worth a read--it is quick but makes the point well...