Monday, June 14, 2010


Massive mineral deposits in Afghanistan

A very interesting take on the latest revelations:
Did a 2007 report of massive mineral deposits in Afghanistan affect President Obama's 2009 decision to widen the scope of the Afghan war?

Is a recent New York Times article omitting that possibility?


Why the story broke in the NYT on Sunday could be linked to a desire by the Pentagon to create a reason why US troops might want to stick around in Afghanistan for some time to come. Things are not going very well on the ground and the promise of vast mineral riches would sound enticing.
Update: Just heard Ali Velshi on CNN say that the money from this discovery might be enough to pay for their war [emphasis added, and in case it's not clear, the "their" referred to Afghanistan, not the U.S. ruling class].

Why stop here? There's more...

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