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Hmmm. For something which sounds rather boring, there are so many possible reverberations from this...
It means they've theoretically got a foundation at last for some financial stability outside of shipping heroin to the universe, while also meaning the war is probably going to go on forever now and somehow Dick Cheney is going to be enriched in some despicable way.
These new fields are far too valuable to be allowed to go independent. The US has recently started getting very nervous about being so reliant on China for so many key metals - if they keep hold of this it'll solve that.
Or cause WWIII. Whatevs.
and held back as a nice excuse to stay out there. That's about as far as my cynicism extends, so it's only mid-level conspiracy.
I wouldn't be surprised if there was, any second now, an announcement of a lot more troops/long term game plan getting longer.
Are you okay?
it could be that I'm super hungover mind.
so given that you're hinting the US went into Afghanistan in 2001 to chase mineral deposits are you saying that they were sitting on this info since cold war spying days?
doesn't make a lot of sense.
You're saying that the US has known about this for some time and have just pulled it out now to help a flagging appetite for the war effort?
It's plausible, definitely, but I'm not sure this really furthers that aim in the cleanest possible way - there's as many negatives as positives in announcing this. I just like the way something as ostensibly dull as a finding a bit of untapped copper in the ground can lead to an unknowable amount of geo-political jostling for decades
rather than BSOB, but reading back my post and yours, I agree with you. BS' thinks they've known all along, I would have guessed that they might have known since the full ground assault started, but then as you say it's not so clean an approach.
whether they'll let it slide without an argument, or instead bomb my grandmother's place into the stone age?
it sounds as if the Soviets did find scatterings of this stuff back in the 1980s but for one reason or another never got overly excited about it. I guess the key difference between them carrying out a survey and the US is in the profit motive - when you're Russia in the 1980's, you're not exactly in desperate need of more mineral reserves
and you're not exactly weighed down with iPhones and Blackberry's and laptops et al so yeah, it's possible - even likely - that the US had an inkling of mineral reserves in Afghanistan but I can't believe it was a motivating factor in mobilising within the region
could be wrong though, perhaps 9/11 was a dozen years in the making precisely for this trillion dollar moment, eh?
I mean, really, come on.
I'll ^this your post to reinforce this.
It was actually more like when the Soviets were in the country, their surveys were primarily focused on the natural gas reserves both in Afghanistan and across the way (and to a lesser extent, oil).
For obvious reasons, they were too preoccupied to do much about those results at the time and after they withdrew, plans to develop the country's mineral resources stagnated.
Flash forward to the late 90s and you have various concerns - including the United States Geological Survey using those original plans as a basis for additional exploration of the country's underground wealth.
The most recent of which was started back in 2006, I think, and which I guess have just been concluded recently.
and to learn to speak Pashto
except I haven't told the US that it's my cobalt yet. There may be no call for mercenary profiteers after all
a few warloads aint gonna stop us, even though I presume we'll not actually just take it.Instead the task of mining and processing will get tendered out to multinational companies and the Afghans will get a small slice of the pie to keep them happy.
I'm using the same definition of 'we' that you are
while North Korea which has little more than vegetation going for it has had no more than a few angry letters despite being a more blatant threat to global security...
When there are global water shortages, say 50 years from now, which country will be invaded next? http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article2994650.ecehttp://www.progress.org/2005/water27.htm
but surely the answer should be FINLAND!
It's somewhere in the River Clyde