...or ".[w]hy Afghanistan matters... (Hint: It has nothing to do with the liberation of Afghan women.)"
Pepe Escobar, via Tom Dispatch, has this excellent primer on the new (old) Great Game, Pipelineistan, and the Liquid Wars.
Tomgram: Pepe Escobar, Pipelineistan Goes Af-Pak
Read it and weep.