The war on Afghanistan is a profit driven "resource war".
Under US and allied occupation, this mineral wealth is slated to be plundered, once the country has been pacified, by a handful of multinational mining conglomerates. According to Olga Borisova, writing in the months following the October 2001 invasion, the US-led "war on terrorism [will be transformed] into a colonial policy of influencing a fabulously wealthy country." (Borisova, op cit).
So, that's what our kids are fighting, getting maimed, and dying for in Afghanistan: the potential profits to be realized from oil, minerals, and drugs.
I wish the people in Congress, the White House and the Pentagon had the "male attributes" to tell every single grieving friend and family members of those killed or maimed in this war the truth: they don't, of course.