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Veteran Advisor

Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

American geologists (how the hell did THEY get over there?) have discovered a super rich lode of minerals said to be worth up to a trillion dollars!  Now we will never leave!

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

Atta-Boy Barry!!!

Veteran Advisor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

What is this supposed to mean?  The subject was Afghanistan.

Senior Contributor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

odummer is the king now and he NEVER intended on leaving----just sucked a few dumocrats into thinking that

Senior Contributor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

Probably will will now have 20 years of peace once they get the taste of money and big fancy cars. Lithium powered of course. Smiley Surprised

Veteran Advisor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

Too bad the folks in Dafur couldn't discover some riches in their country.  We might have "saved" a bunch of them.

Senior Contributor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

This revelation is nothing new as reported by Maddow on her show.   Seems the Soviets had researched and map the country for minerals deposits decades ago and that the U.S. knew about it for some time as well.  It appears this is being announced at this time for political reasons as our war efforts there continue to struggle.

Advisor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

Right Dag.  http://original.antiwar.com/lobe/2010/06/14/timing-of-afghan-mineral-wealth-evokes-skepticism/   --Timing of Afghan Mineral Story Wealth Evokes Skepticism  by Jim Lobe

 

snip--“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.”

 

snip--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 1980s.

 

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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 Marjah 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.

 

  Sorta like Custer's expedition to the Black Hills

 


Senior Contributor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

No that couldn't happen could it ?Smiley Wink

Veteran Advisor

Re: Afghanistan is now in BIGGER trouble

Guess that is why bush, cheney and halliburton, etc were so eager to not leave.