Americans actually wonder why the people of the Middle East hate the USA. Americans are being kept in complete ignorance by their media, which is highly centralized and almost completely dominated by a small number of large corporations pushing their political agendas. The media in the USA gives scant attention to the wars currently being waged by United States forces in Latin America. The coverage in the middle east is almost completely one-sided, manipulating public opinion to whatever is convenient for the large American corporations. While the USA is currently cooperating with several brutal dictators, the media demonized the dictators that have fallen out of favor. Less than two years ago, the USA was sending captured prisoners to be tortured and interrogated in Syria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maher_Arar In Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the USA, six women were beheaded for the crime no greater than driving a car in defiance of the country's ban against women driving. The country is not a democracy, and women are literally stoned to death for adultery. Christian churches are banned, and there are severe penalties to tourists that try to bring a bible into the country. Yet the USA continues to sell guns and military aircraft to the country. It is all about oil. The West needs Afghanistan to build and control an oil pipeline from oil-rich "stans", which are situated in the center of the Asian continent. The USA does not want Russia to have complete control over the export of this oil, as Russia already uses its gas pipelines to Europe to exert political influence, sometimes shutting off the gas supply to disobedient eastern european nations. This link goes into more detail and has a map showing the location of the "stans" and the oil pipelines: http://www.heartson.com/Politics/background.html Turkmenistan ranks fourth in the world (behind Russia, Iran, and Qatar) in natural gas reserves. Construction of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan pipeline has begun at a cost of nearly one and a half billion US dollars. Turkmenistan and Afghanistan signed an agreement in August 2010 on construction of the Trans-Afghanistan (TAPI) gas pipeline for the transfer of Turkmen gas through Afghanistan. The project secured strong support from the USA after the American offensive ended the Taliban’s five-year rule over Afghanistan in 2001. Turkmenistan had previously estimated the cost of the project at $3.3 billion. Natural gas to fill the pipeline could be drawn from the massive South Yolotan deposit and the Dovletabad field.The planned pipeline would have initial capacity for 33 billion cubic metres a year and would run for nearly 2,000 km (1,250 miles), including 735 km across Afghanistan and another 800 km through Pakistan. The pipeline, which must go through conflict torn-Helmand and Kandahar in Afghanistan and Quetta in Pakistan, has been held up by security problems. Before the occupation of Afghanistan, president Bush visited the dictator of Uzbekistan to discuss an oil trade deal, despite the leader having just previously boiled his political opponents alive in the capital! Our Presidents New Best Friend Boils People Alive: Kazakhstan has "the largest oil and gas reserves in the Caspian Sea basin, and is producing 1.5 million barrels of oil a day." Did you know the USA already has a large base in Kyrgyzstan? neweurasia.net » American Military base in Kyrgyzstan. Afterthoughts You have to ask yourself why the USA would want a base far away out in the middle of nowhere, unless it is to protect the potential oil reserves from encroachment by China.