127,840 years ago the Plargons of Ceti Alpha VI set up a small basecamp in what was to become Afghanistan. They were here to study early human ancestors as a science expedition. The Plargons experienced a severe case of cerebral Grul-worms and the entire group (some 800) were quickly wiped out. Earth life was unaffected and the small camp was forgotten and over time the ship was buried under dirt, dust and detritus. Fast forward 127,810 years, during the Soviet invasion, American CIA agents working in Afghanistan discovered the ship buried under the Hindu-Kush mountains.
The vast cave network of the area and difficult-to-traverse terrain, ensured that all but the bravest and most adventureous would ever go into the area. Moreover, the original discovery was made within a cave that had been excavated for cover during Soviet bombing campaigns. The necessary individuals were immediately eliminated to keep the secret under cover. The USA had wanted to go back ASAP, but politics kept preventing the USA from getting in there.
A highly secretive CIA sub-agency known simply as "the bunker" was set up. No one in Congress was informed. Reagan was, but he conveniently forgot. The funds for the department were funneled in from Defense, Intel and from security kickbacks garnered from quick deals (made in 1982) with South American drug lords that totaled around $15 billion (annually) in 2013 adjusted dollars. The sub-agency, itself, didn't need mountains of cash because it had only one mission: secure the Plargon vessle. To that end, it was tasked with:
- Training an elite cadre of tactical assault officers capable of taking and holding the ship.
- Studying the limited technology brought back in the early 80's to gain a better understanding of what would be contained within the ship.
- Team Alpha was tasked with planning the geo-political events that would lead up to 9/11 and give the USA a foothold in the area.
- Ensure the absolute, unbending secrecy of everything to do with the Plargon vessel and "the bunker" itself. This requirement, unfortunately, resulted in the "suicide" and untimely deaths of several government officials spanning five administrations.
Because the discovery was so far from home, the USA couldn't go in there with anything but a full invasion, to prevent Russia, Iran, India or China (who have much closer proximity) from securing the find. A reason had to be concocted, but such a reason would take years. Meanwhile, the USA kept the secret under wraps and worked continuosly to destablize the entire region: Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, and even China, were continuously prodded by sub rosa actions from the USA and their attention was drawn away from the area. Also, during that time, the USA created a series of complex scenarios that secured that the Taliban would come to power.
Because the USA knew that the Taliban were their best bet to (a) scare the bajeezis out of people when it comes to scientific exploration, (b) scare the bejeezis out of foreign people from going there and poking around and (c) otherwise make Afghanistan stay in the 1800's and have no clue how to engage in a proper dig, more sub rosa efforts were undertaken to put and keep them in power in Afghanistan until such a time as the USA could enter therein without much opposition.
By the time of the fall of the Soviet Union (also orchestrated through American machinations) the CIA and US DoD were ready to begin the plot to create a casus belli for invasion. But again, this would take time. So, the USA continued its efforts at keeping India bottled up with Pakistan, Iran bottled up with Iraq. That's why George Bush (Sr.) secretly convinced Saddam Hussein to invade Kuwait, thus giving him a reason to invade and put the US military on the doorstep of Iran.
By keeping Iran's attentions focused on Iraq, and Russia's attention focused on both as well as the NATO expansion in the Balkans and the Caucuses, both Iran and Russia were diverted away from the continuing-to-spiral-out-
of-control Taliban controlled Afghanistan. Nobody was the wiser.
Russia, still smarting from her own "Vietnam" in Afghanistan, had no desire to go back. Clearly they had no clue what treasure lay beneath the Hindu-Kush mountains. If she did, she'd surely begin invasion plans to thwart the USA. Likely she'd do so with the aid of a proxy, like Iran, Pakistan or India. Either way, so far from home, the USA would stand little chance of securing the site if word got out.
But now all four were bottled up in other affairs.
Not to be forgotten, China was so focused on industrializing and was too worried about her growing hegemony to her east to worry much about Central Asia. Furthermore, the USA wheedled Japan behind the scenes to keep antagonizing China. Nothing serious, just the gentle funneling of money to people like Shintaro Ishihara
threatening to re-arm Japan and re-emerge as a power (and threat to China — clearly a risk worth taking, because Japan would never be a threat to the USA but would obviously unsettle Chinese leaders). The USA also made sure that South Korea kept North Korea making threats. Lastly, the USA signed a continuing series of arms deals with Taiwan
that kept Taiwan rattling her saber at China and China ever more frustrated with tensions in the straight. The Territorial disputes in the South China Sea
were fortuitous political issues, not of the USA's creation, though clearly it has played into the "Keep China Looking East" strategy.
The cherry on the top was the American petrol strategy. By arming Israel and Saudi Arabia (two friends of the USA but mutual enemies and, frankly, enemies with all their neighbors), the USA saw to it that the entire region would need the USA to keep it stable AND that the eyes of the world would look only upon that region. By keeping China and Russia focused on the Mideast, the USA had a free hand in Central Asia.Lockjaw!
The seeds were planted and the plan carried out. Evidence was securely placed all over Earth, the prime competitors to Afghanistan were diverted (China, India, Pakistan, Iran and Russia) and all the USA needed was a huge reason to send a quarter million troops and a sizable percentage of the US military might to Afghanistan to secure the Plargon vessel. Nothing short of absolute military domination of the area would work. Any nation—China, Russia or India especially—would go to war over technology a full order of magnitude more advanced than our own OR at the very least use nuclear weapons to ensure the USA didn't get herself a massive technological advantage.
On September 11, 2001, the USA made a massive sacrifice at home; one that—if most Americans knew of the importance—the public would surely have accepted as just and reasonable. The ship (as luck would have it) was perfectly sealed and, given its technological advancement, was in absolutely perfect condition inside. The Plargon ship contained both advanced scientific and weapons technology. The computing power alone exceeds at least 10 brontoflops and operates on a base 12 rather than binary system. The US could not have allowed that kind of technology into the Iranian, Chinese, Indian or Russian hands. The dig site, showing the nose cone of the Plargon vessel as it emerges from its tomb.
So, while the US military and CIA were loath to orchestrate a multi-year plot to strike the homeland with terrorist actions, it was decided that—given the technology of the Plargon vessel and that an enemy with said technology could wipe out the USA in short order—lives and history may well have been saved.