Sunday, June 13, 2010
Now we’ll never pull out of Afghanistan—minerals discovered
by Larry Geller
Yup. They’re doomed. We’ll never leave now.
The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. [New York Times, U.S. Discovers Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan, 6/13/2010]
Now, remember, we discovered it. Specifically, the Pentagon brought in geologists. That’s right, the Pentagon brought in geologists. So what’s next, do they claim the place in the name of the American President?
The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
I wonder if Karzai is celebrating. I wonder if the Taliban is celebrating. Reading the article, the writers slipped in that the Marja thing has not gone so well for the US, despite all the propaganda delivered to the mainstream press (which they dutifully printed, of course).
Soon, the Pentagon business development task force brought in teams of American mining experts to validate the survey’s findings, and then briefed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Mr. Karzai.
“Pentagon business development task force?” ?? ??