Some of whom could really use it. But as it turns out there are apparently huge mineral deposits in Afghanistan including lithium which is extra valuable given the proliferation of battery powered devices. This is also awesome news for conspiracy theorists wondering why we were fighting over giant piles of rocks.
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.
OK now we didn't take the oil in Iraq and we won't end up pocketing all those minerals either, but that won't stop some people from talking, I mean a trillion dollars?
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.
The question is will they do with their money what the Saudis have with theirs and become the largest exporter of Islamist madrassas preaching hate. The reason we are there to start with is the presence of al Qaeda and having piles of money will offer all kinds of opportunities for mischief. It also could offer a path to prosperity, we'll see how this goes.