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The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan

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    I wonder what this means for this country. I also wonder what potential problems such a find poses as well. Power grabs, corruption, territorial battles, corporate mistrust, etc. In some ways one could argue that these are no worse than the issues that country sees today. All things being equal, this is a tremendous find for Afghanistan and it's people. That country has nothing of worth to build a functioning society on, outside of poppy (which isn't very functional for the overall populace). These minerals could be the breakthrough those people have desparately needed. It gives them a future, or the potential for one, at the very least.

    U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

    Tyler Hicks/The New York Times

    By JAMES RISEN
    Published: June 13, 2010

    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.


    The previously unknown deposits — including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium — are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe.

    An internal Pentagon memo, for example, states that Afghanistan could become the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.



    U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan - NYTimes.com
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    The Chinese aren't too happy they had a virtual monopoly on rare earth metals sounds like Afghanistan has lots of rare earth metals also.

    This could transform their economy and get people off Opium farming and fighting as a way to feed their families.
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    A trillion dollars doesn't go far these days.
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis


    Why is Karzi a democrat??? :D
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    Certainly not in our country it doesn't. Kinda scary when you think about it. I think for Afghanistan it's a lot of dough though. The article said the Aghan economy is only $12 billion a year. $12 billion is like a toilet paper wipe for congress here.
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    Sounds like things could get ugly(er) there:
    According to the article the Pentagon business development task force (the Pentagon has one of these:eek:) knew about this in 09. The Russians actually discovered some charts back in the 80's but never pursued it once they left.

    Interesting, thanks for posting it.
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    They don't have the infrastructure here to make use of it in any meaningful way in my opinion. All it will do is increase the violence and increase the corruption in the government.
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    Id still rather farm opium then work for some corrupted industrialist company that forces me to haul earth and destroy my body well before it should.

    Farming is tough work, but Id take that over any 3rd world mining organization any day
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    The difference between farming and mining, is that the latter will bring investement, and money in, from foreign countries. Also, the entire sphere of the industry, will employ a lot more people than some farm will. As someone else mentioned, there is no infrastructure in place, which means it will have to be built first. That means more jobs as well. It's a long road to get to where they'd like to be, and the circumstances that surround that country, may prevent them from ever getting there. However, it has to be viewed as an absolute positive. You'd prefer to be in a situation where their are minerals available, that present problems, than have no resources and problems that never end.
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    Assuming that these gun-wielding religious nuts ever even bother to dig for the minerals (and that's a big assumption!), it won't take long before foreigners set up shop and siphon the wealth out of there faster than any Afghan can get his hands on it. Nigeria is awash in oil but is still one of the poorest and insane countries in the world. Not too hopeful of the existence of an Afghan state, never mind one that can pull this off and keep their wealth. God wants them to farm, trade and ride horses...not "mine".
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    Viet Nam Redux...

    The Russians knew this..

    The United States knew this...

    Do not let anyone kid you, that is why we are there...
     
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    Re: The US has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanis

    All of that is possible. The point is simply that you'd prefer to be in a situation where you at least have something of value, that could provide a future, than have nothing but the rocks, guns, and opium they have now.

    The one thing that Afghanistan has in its favor, that Nigeria doesn't, is the presence of the western world inside its borders, as well as a proximity to developing economic powers like India, and Pakistan (don't forget Russia & China too) that would be highly interested in the Afghan minerals. Still, I'm skeptical of their chances moving forward.
     

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