U.S. geologists have discovered vast mineral wealth in Afghanistan, possibly amounting to $1 trillion, President Hamid Karzai’s spokesman said Monday.
Waheed Omar told reporters the findings were made by the U.S. Geological Survey under contract to the Afghan government.
“The result of the survey … has shown that Afghanistan has mineral resources worth $1 trillion,” Omar said. “This is not an overall survey of all minerals in Afghanistan. Whatever has been found in this survey is worth $1 trillion.”
Omar refused to provide details, referring reporters to the Ministry of Mines. An official at the ministry refused to discuss the survey, saying details would be released at a news conference later this week.
A 2007 report by the USGS said most of the data on Afghanistan’s mineral resources was produced between the early 1950s and 1985 but much was hidden and protected by Afghan scientists “during the intermittent conflict over the next two decades.”
The New York Times reported the $1 trillion figure in Monday’s edition and quoted senior American officials as saying untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan are far beyond any previously known reserves and were enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself.
No lithium, no Matrix.
Better yet: no lithium, no di-lithium. No dilithium, no dilithium crystals. And you know we need those to get to Warp Factor 6 for this mineral extraction enterprise. Well, at least it all makes sense now. And here I was thinking they were fighting over who got to put the rocks into which pile. Silly me.
The new practice of corporate/financial war in America looks like this:
The report in the Times said the USGS began aerial surveys of Afghanistan’s mineral resources in 2006, using data that had been collected by Soviet mining experts during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Promising results led to a more sophisticated study the next year.
Then last year, a Pentagon task force that had created business development programs in Iraq arrived in Afghanistan and closely analyzed the geologists’ findings. U.S. mining experts were brought in to validate the survey’s conclusions, and top U.S. and Afghan officials were briefed.
I’ve always thought that the US and “Soviets” (er, Russians) kissed and made up many moons ago…long before it was popular to tell the rest of the high school class that they were dating. When your data becomes my data, we’re better than bosom buddies. It means, I’m definitely gettin’ some. I can see why Vladimir and the girls wouldn’t want that all over the school yard, but I’ll be damned if the secret isn’t out now.
You know the Chinese aren’t getting any of that good Russian stuff…you know — data. Kiss me you fool.