Monday, June 14, 2010

This might splain a few things...

Oh my! And here we thought it was just the pipeline thing and the CIA's heroin!

From Cryptogon:
U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Deposits Worth $1 Trillion in Afghanistan; “The Saudi Arabia of Lithium”; Eventually “One of The Most Important Mining Centers in The World”; Pentagon “Helping” Afghan Government to Prepare to Seek Bids on Mineral Rights

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.
—Fight Club

The Soviets knew about it! They did geological surveys during their occupation of Afghanistan.

Which makes you wonder… Did the U.S. actually know about it all this time? This piece says otherwise, but it’s the New York Times.

Was this part of the internal narrative, part of the reasoning, for carrying out the 9/11 spectacle? CIA asset Bin Laden… Operating in the “Saudi Arabia of lithium.” Tell me another one.

Did China know about this all along? Without Chinese funding, the U.S. wouldn’t be in Afghanistan.

Questions, questions…

I hesitate to call this the coup de grâce, because, no matter how nuts or incredible I think a situation is, decade in and decade out, They always manage to raise the bar just a bit higher.

Anyway, the full text is below. At a minimum, it’s a keeper.

Via: New York Times:
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.
An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
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.
While it could take many years to develop a mining industry, the potential is so great that officials and executives in the industry believe it could attract heavy investment even before mines are profitable, providing the possibility of jobs that could distract from generations of war.
“There is stunning potential here,” Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of the United States Central Command, said in an interview on Saturday. “There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think potentially it is hugely significant.”
The value of the newly discovered mineral deposits dwarfs the size of Afghanistan’s existing war-bedraggled economy, which is based largely on opium production and narcotics trafficking as well as aid from the United States and other industrialized countries. Afghanistan’s gross domestic product is only about $12 billion.
“This will become the backbone of the Afghan economy,” said Jalil Jumriany, an adviser to the Afghan minister of mines. Read the rest.


Blogger Anna Van Z said...

Why does a country have to bid on its own mineral rights? Isn't it their own country?!

2:41 PM  

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