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    Vast riches discovered in Afghanistan

    burgundia
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    Post  burgundia Mon Jun 14, 2010 9:48 am

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?no_interstitial

    WASHINGTON — 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.
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    Post  hobbit Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:32 pm

    burgundia wrote:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?no_interstitial

    WASHINGTON — 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.
    Lithium will be one of the most important elements in all of this.
    With HAARP the Americans KNOW where everything is located.
    They will thus set up the adjenda driven confrontations to justify their imperialistic manouvers.
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    Post  enemyofNWO Tue Jun 15, 2010 1:52 am

    burgundia wrote:http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/14/world/asia/14minerals.html?no_interstitial

    WASHINGTON — 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.


    Problem with that it that those mineral deposits belong to the Afghans. Unless the USA government plan to steal from the Afghans as they are doing it in Iraq ?
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    Post  burgundia Tue Jun 15, 2010 6:56 am

    Problem with that it that those mineral deposits belong to the Afghans. Unless the USA government plan to steal from the Afghans as they are doing it in Iraq ?[/quote]

    Do you have any doubts? They've been doing that for years all over the world.
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    Post  TRANCOSO Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:43 pm

    What's Behind the Convenient Timing of the Afghanistan Mineral Story?

    Why publicize information that's been public for months? Might it have something to do with the fact that Afghanistan is the longest war in U.S. history?

    Vast riches discovered in Afghanistan Blogteaser_afghan

    June 18, 2010
    |WASHINGTON, Jun 14, 2010 (IPS) - The timing of the publication of a major New York Times story on the vast untapped mineral wealth that lies beneath Afghanistan's soil is raising major questions about the intent of the Pentagon, which released the information.

    Given the increasingly negative news that has come out of
    Afghanistan - and of U.S. strategy there - some analysts believe the
    front-page article is designed to reverse growing public sentiment that
    the war is not worth the cost.

    "What better way to remind people about the country's potential
    bright future - and by people I mean the Chinese, the Russians, the
    Pakistanis, and the Americans - than by publicising or re-publicising
    valid (but already public) information about the region's potential
    wealth?" wrote Marc AmBinder, the political editor of 'The Atlantic'
    magazine, on his blog.

    "The way in which the story was presented - with on-the- record
    quotations from the Commander in Chief of CENTCOM [Gen. David Petraeus],
    no less - and the weird promotion of a Deputy Assistant Secretary of
    Defense to Undersecretary of Defense [Paul Brinkley] suggest a broad and
    deliberate information operation designed to influence public opinion
    on the course of the war," he added.

    The nearly 1,500-word article, based almost entirely on Pentagon
    sources and featured as the lead story in Monday's 'Early Bird', a
    compilation of major national security stories that the Pentagon
    distributes each morning, asserted that Afghanistan may have close to
    one trillion dollars in untapped mineral deposits. These include "huge
    veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and critical industrial metals like
    lithium", the story said.

    Afghanistan's total annual gross domestic product (GDP) last year
    came to about 13 billion dollars.

    One "internal Pentagon memo" provided to the Times' author, James
    Risen predicted that Afghanistan could become "the 'Saudi Arabia of
    lithium,' a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops
    and Blackberrys".

    "There is stunning potential here," Petraeus told Risen in an
    interview Saturday. "There are a lot of ifs, of course, but I think
    potentially it is hugely significant," he said of the conclusions of a
    study by a "small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists".

    The government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, whose recent
    efforts to begin a reconciliation process with the insurgent Taliban
    have been criticised by the Pentagon, quickly seized on the report.

    In a hastily arranged press briefing Monday, Karzai's spokesman,
    Waheed Omar, said the report was "the best news we have had over many
    years in Afghanistan".

    Other commentators, however, suggested the news about Afghanistan's
    underground wealth was not all that new.

    As noted by Blake Hounshell, managing editor at 'Foreign Policy'
    magazine, the U.S. Geological Service (USGS) already published a
    comprehensive inventory of Afghanistan's non-oil mineral resources on
    the internet in 2007, as did the British Geological Survey. Much of
    their work was based on explorations and surveys undertaken by the
    Soviet Union during its occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980's.

    The nearly trillion-dollar figure is based on a simple tabulation
    of the previous estimates for each mineral according to its current
    market price, according to Hounshell.

    So, the question for many observers was why the article, which
    dominated much of the foreign news in the network and cable broadcast
    media during Monday's news cycle, was published now.

    Risen himself suggested an answer in his story, noting "American
    and Afghan officials agreed to discuss the mineral discoveries at a
    difficult moment in the war in Afghanistan."

    Indeed, U.S. and NATO casualties have risen sharply in recent
    weeks; a four-month-old counterinsurgency offensive to "clear, hold, and
    build" in the strategic region around Marja in Pashtun-dominated
    Helmand province appears to have stalled badly; and a planned campaign
    in and around the critical city of Kandahar has been delayed for at
    least two months.

    The latest polling shows a noticeable erosion of support for
    Washington's commitment to the war compared to eight months ago, when
    President Barack Obama agreed to the Pentagon's recommendations to send
    an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan to bring the total U.S.
    military presence there to around 100,000 later this summer.

    Moreover, what little support for the war remains among the publics
    of Washington's NATO allies - never as high as in the U.S. in any event
    - is also fading quickly. NATO and non-NATO countries, excluding the
    U.S., currently have about 34,000 troops deployed to Afghanistan.

    On the eve of a NATO ministerial conference in Brussels last week,
    Secretary of Defence Robert Gates warned that Washington and its NATO
    allies had very little time to convince their publics that their
    strategy against the Taliban was working - a message that has since been
    strongly echoed the coalition's commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley
    McChrystal, and by Petraeus himself.

    Indeed, the administration is committed to a major review of its
    strategy in Afghanistan at the end of the year, and Obama himself has
    pledged to begin withdrawing U.S. troops in July 2011.

    Obama is already coming under pressure from right-wing and
    neo-conservative media - some of which have been cultivated by Petraeus,
    in particular - and Republican lawmakers to delay that date.

    That view was seconded last week by former Petraeus aide, Lt. Col.
    John Nagl (ret.), a counterinsurgency specialist who is now president of
    the influential Centre for a New American Security.

    Nagl worked closely with Petraeus in authoring the much- lauded
    2006 U.S. Counter-Insurgency Field Manual, which stressed the importance
    of efforts to influence media perceptions in any counterinsurgency
    campaign.

    "The media directly influence the attitude of key audiences toward
    counter-insurgents, their operations, and the opposing insurgency," they
    wrote. "This situation creates a war of perceptions between insurgents
    and counter-insurgents conducted continuously using the news media."

    In that respect, the appearance of the Times story Monday looked to
    many observers like part of an effort to strengthen the case for giving
    the counterinsurgency effort more time.

    In an interview with Politico's Laura Rozen Monday, former Afghan
    finance minister Ashraf Ghani said he had commissioned the assessment of
    Afghanistan's mineral wealth. "As to why it came out today... I cannot
    explain," he said.

    Source: AlterNet

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