Let our position be absolutely clear: an attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.
President Jimmy Carter, State of the Union Address, 20 January 1980
The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives,Zbigniew Brzezinski,1997
"A Geostrategy for Eurasia," Foreign Affairs, September/October 1997, Council on Foreign Relation
"US made plans for a major assault on Afghanistan before WTC attacks"
9/18/01, BBC, George Arney, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/1550366.stm
US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11
Iran, Afghanistan Sign Security Accord
The interior ministers of Iran and Afghanistan signed a security agreement March 12 to increase cooperation between their nations regarding border security. The agreement also calls for collaboration on surveillance of their shared border and fighting drug trafficking. (full article subscribers only)
Afghan-Iran pact will not affect U.S. postwar plans, says top U.S. diplomat
."At this point I would not attach a lot of importance to it," Ambassador James Dobbins, U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told the Senate Foreign Relations panel Outside of Tehran, "there is a quite a ...consensus" from regional powers for US troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Dobbins said.
United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy