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Vast Mineral Deposits in Afghanistan - Gasp!

Wow, you mean that after 9 years of war they just found this out now? What a surprise.

I was waiting for this topic to pop up here. This situation is really going to alter the dynamics of the region, the war and our policy toward Afghanistan. I think what we’ll see will in many ways be similar to the example of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in the 40s-50s, in that we’ll see maybe us and China compete for the largest access to these minerals and the way this power struggle plays out will alter the course of events there for decades to come. Tread lightly. Or not. Who knows? Fuck, that’s some really wild news.

Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

And is that good or bad?

What do you think will happen if the US pulls all forces etc out of Afghanistan?

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

I’m willing to bet the Russians knew in the 70’s, at least about part of it and thats why they invaded.

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

Who wants to bet Ryan will find a reason to promote Socialism in this thread?

Hey - you make enough holes your bound to find treasure. Areas of tectonic activity tend to have mineral deposits. That should not be a surprise. Having a natural resource does not a stable government/country/nation make.

Those resources were discovered in 2007. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1819
They also knew there were resources there back in the 80s. http://www.afghanchamber.com/about/Mining.htm
They bring it up now to reinvigorate the American people and gain support for the longest war in the history of our country.

They have seen what our country is capable of doing with revenge as its motive. Add greed to that equation and it’s a whole new war. “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives” written in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski goes into America’s driving forces behind our global policy.

[quote]dmaddox wrote:

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

Who wants to bet Ryan will find a reason to promote Socialism in this thread?[/quote]

Well, he’s just trying to bless all of us uneducated shlubs with a greater understanding of REAL socialism and economics. We should be thankful. /sarcasm

[quote]dmaddox wrote:

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

Who wants to bet Ryan will find a reason to promote Socialism in this thread?[/quote]

Who wants to bet damddox will continue to throw temper tantrums and insult me because he’s unable to reply to any of my arguments?

[quote]bigflamer wrote:

[quote]dmaddox wrote:

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

Who wants to bet Ryan will find a reason to promote Socialism in this thread?[/quote]

Well, he’s just trying to bless all of us uneducated shlubs with a greater understanding of REAL socialism and economics. We should be thankful. /sarcasm
[/quote]

Well, you said it yourself: you don’t know much about economics. I was simply taking you at your word. Apparently a mistake with right-wingers.

Like I said, it might make some people rich, others, who want things to return to the 14th century, will be pissed off.

If Afghanistan has any economic gains, it will probably end up making richer terrorists. They won’t need a foreigner like Bin Laden holding the purse strings in the future, the terror will be self funded.

That’s how I see it.

[quote]AdamDrew wrote:
Those resources were discovered in 2007. http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=1819
They also knew there were resources there back in the 80s. http://www.afghanchamber.com/about/Mining.htm
They bring it up now to reinvigorate the American people and gain support for the longest war in the history of our country.

They have seen what our country is capable of doing with revenge as its motive. Add greed to that equation and it’s a whole new war. “The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy And Its Geostrategic Imperatives” written in 1997 by Zbigniew Brzezinski goes into America’s driving forces behind our global policy. [/quote]

figures you would have that opinion and be an uncritical reader of Brzezeinksi . . .

[quote]JoeGood wrote:

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

I’m willing to bet the Russians knew in the 70’s, at least about part of it and thats why they invaded. [/quote]

Bingo! The Russians are masters of finding something where everyone though nothing existed. This should elevate the Afghan culture where they’ll be able to wipe their asses with Charmin instead of using the fingers of the left hand.

BG

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:

[quote]dmaddox wrote:

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

Who wants to bet Ryan will find a reason to promote Socialism in this thread?[/quote]

Who wants to bet damddox will continue to throw temper tantrums and insult me because he’s unable to reply to any of my arguments?
[/quote]

Ryan calm down it was in jest.

It’s now worth 3 trillion.

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[quote]Charlemagne wrote:

Wow, you mean that after 9 years of war they just found this out now? What a surprise. [/quote]

This was known about 4 years ago and is one of the main reasons the U.S. has forces in the region. The other one is to protect the oil lines. That is where the majority of troops are stationed. The Bin laden search was PR, more or less…

[quote]JoeGood wrote:

[quote]Ryan P. McCarter wrote:
Who wants to bet we’ll find a reason to lengthen our stay there?[/quote]

I’m willing to bet the Russians knew in the 70’s, at least about part of it and thats why they invaded. [/quote]

It was well known for a long time:

Geological surveys conducted by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and early 1980s confirm the existence of vast reserves of copper (among the largest in Eurasia), iron, high grade chrome ore, uranium, beryl, barite, lead, zinc, fluorspar, bauxite, lithium, tantalum, emeralds, gold and silver.(Afghanistan, Mining Annual Review, The Mining Journal, June, 1984).

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=19769

[quote]Gkhan wrote:
Like I said, it might make some people rich, others, who want things to return to the 14th century, will be pissed off.

If Afghanistan has any economic gains, it will probably end up making richer terrorists. They won’t need the US government holding the purse strings in the future, the terror will be self funded.

That’s how I see it.[/quote]

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