Bonn, Germany, December 4, 2011 – I want to thank the conference organizers for the privilege of joining you. It has been ten years since 9/11, when, believe it or not, Secretary of War Donald Rumsfeld told President Bush that invading Afghanistan would violate international law, and Bush the Lesser responded that he wanted to “kick some ass.” It's been ten years since we first warned that one of Bush's motives was to circumvent Russian control of Central Asian fossil fuels by building a natural gas pipeline from Turkmenistan though Afghanistan, and now President Obama's “Silk Road Initiative,” which reaffirms that goal. It has been ten years and countless deaths between what was supposed to be a short little war to liberate Afghans from their Taliban oppressors to today's Afghan “entropy” swirling in “360 degrees of chaos.”(1)