Afghanistan's 'Vast Riches Of Minerals' Highlighted By Pentagon

"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 New York Times' James Risen reported on Monday.

Opponents of the war have questioned whether Monday's Times story is the Pentagon's latest attempt to persuade an increasingly frustrated American public that Afghanistan is worth the costs in blood and treasure.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I want to see the actual hard science here.

But if this is true (and that's one big if), these discoveries mean that the US and NATO will never leave Afghanistan, no matter how many soldiers are maimed for life or killed, again, in the pursuit of private profit.

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