Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Trump Finds Reason for the U.S. to Remain in Afghanistan: Minerals


WASHINGTON — President Trump, searching for a reason to keep the United States in Afghanistan after 16 years of war, has latched on to a prospect that tantalized previous administrations: Afghanistan’s vast mineral wealth, which his advisers and Afghan officials have told him could be profitably extracted by Western companies. Mr. Trump has discussed the country’s mineral deposits with President Ashraf Ghani, who promoted mining as an economic opportunity in one of their first conversations. Mr. Trump, who is deeply skeptical about sending more American troops to Afghanistan, has suggested that this could be one justification for the United States to stay engaged in the country. To explore the possibilities, the White House is considering sending an envoy to Afghanistan to meet with mining officials. Last week, as the White House fell into an increasingly fractious debate over Afghanistan policy, three of Mr. Trump’s senior aides met with a chemical executive, Michael N. Silver, to discuss the potential for extracting rare-earth minerals. Mr. Silver’s firm, American Elements, specializes in these minerals, which are used in a range of high-tech products.

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Only when you're in third grade should you believe it's freedom and democracy being defended by the sacrifice of young men and women in uniform.  Only when you're in third grade should you believe it's freedom and democracy being defended by the sacrifice of young men and women in uniform. By the eighth grade, you should know it's stealing natural resources to increase the wealth of the oligarchs that cost your brother his life, your sister her legs, and your uncle his sanity. The oratory, flag waving, bugles, and drums in that parade that inspires you to sign up is orchestrated by those with gold in their eyes and greed in the hearts. No expense will be spared to inspire you to "join up". Every dime spent to care for your broken self when you return will be more than the nation can afford.
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