It has been said “Buy them”
Ok, let the United States buy them all, one-by-one. Cheaper than 10 years of war. We’ve got a history of buying lands that became States. We also have a history of getting territories after we win wars. We’ve all ready spent over 900,000,000,000 ( NINE HUNDRED BILLION DOLLARS ) (647,000,000,000 in Iraq; and 224,000,000,000 in Afghanistan from http://costofwar.com) since 2001.
Let’s split it in half: $450,000,000,000 for each. Yes, One-Half a TRILLION for each, just buy the whole country outright. Stop the War(s) and just buy them outright. First you need an appraisal.
For Iraq, that would be easy. Lots of oil, so maybe that would be a good buy. But Afghanistan? 174th poorest nation out of 180? We’d be overpaying for it, but maybe it could come in handy sometime. Now Pakistan, that’s another question.
Big U.S. Land Purchases:
1. Louisiana Purchase http://www.answers.com/topic/louisiana-purchase The acquisition, for $15 million, of the vast territory (approximately 900, 000 square miles, or 2.3 million square km) by the United States from France in 1803, during Thomas Jefferson‘s first administration. The territory extended from the Mississippi River west to the Rocky Mountains, and from the Gulf of Mexico north to the Canadian border. Eventually, all or part of fifteen states were formed within that region.
2. Alaska Purchase
Acquisition in 1867 by the U.S. from Russia of 586,412 sq mi (1.5 million sq km) at the northwestern tip of North America, comprising the current U.S. state of Alaska. The territory, held by Russia since 1741, was considered an economic liability, and in 1866 it was offered for sale. Pres. Andrew Johnson‘s secretary of state, William Seward, negotiated its purchase for $7.2 million, or about two cents per acre.
Land Added by Winning a War:
1. California, New Mexico, given up after the Spanish-American wars, Texas was given the lands north of the Rio Grande. Just win the war and get the land.
2. Hawaii, just make it a State, no cost to us. The United States annexed Hawaii and it became a U.S. territory in 1900. Following the war’s end in 1945, the state took a long journey toward statehood. On August 21, 1959, Hawaii was admitted to the union as our 50th state.
3. Puerto Rico: In 1898, during the Spanish–American war, Puerto Rico was invaded and subsequently became a possession of the United States. The Foraker Act of 1900, which established a civil government, and the Jones Act of 1917, which granted Puerto Ricans U.S. citizenship.
4. Guam Island: Guam was formally claimed by Spain in 1565 and remained Spanish until it was ceded to the U.S. in 1898 after the Spanish-American War. In 1950 it was made a U.S. territory and placed under the Department of the Interior.
We are the best business negotiators in the world. Let’s set up a team to buy Afghanistan and Iraq, followed by other lands around them. We put in the contract that any minerals discovered will be shared 25% by the U.S. and 75% by the countries that on which the minerals are located. We add clauses to benefit lands that only host pipelines. Be fair, there’s plenty to share. Stop the killing of innocent civilians.
BUY AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ NOW. SAVE MONEY AND LIVES. THE UNITED STATES OF ISLAMIC CENTRAL ASIA IS READY TO BE FORMED.