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.
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 Blackberries.
Now I am not necessarily impugning Obama's motives. This could be looked at as a positive consideration that makes him believe there is a chance this historically unpacifiable region could become pacified and develop no less than other States with huge strands of extremism but clear and established status in the comity of nations. Also, he's the American President seeking our best interests in resources and wealth worldwide no less than the Chinese are doing.