U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan (New York Times).
Another reason to leave.
The Muslim world is already assuming ulterior motives for the U. S. surge in Afghanistan and invasion of Iraq.
They're their minerals. We can compete for the development. The tattered U. S. reputation all over the world will decline more if we now are perceived as "surging" for the lithium etc. in one of the poorest countries in the world.
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