Monday, June 14, 2010

A New Cash Crop is Found in Afghanistan

Jules Crittenden:

One Trillion More Reasons

… not to screw it up in Afghanistan. NYT: US Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan. Not exactly a huge surprise. That place always looked a lot nothing but minerals in all the breathtakingly beautiful shots of godforsakenness. OK, minerals and dust. Minerals, dust, mud and opium, with some tree-y parts.*

“The Saudi Arabia of lithium.” Haven’t read the extended commentary yet but I’m going to go out on a limb and assume certain parties are already suggesting this is what it is all about. Blood for cell phones. In fact, like the oil under Iraq, it just underscores the pressing need to do it and do it right. Now the risk is not just a rogue state hosting global jihad, but a wealthy rogue state hosting global jihad with ky UN Security Council backers.
How long will it be before the "progressive" line becomes that the evil cabal of Bush/Cheney/Rove/Hitler invaded Afghanistan in order to take the country's vast wealth in minerals for Haliburton?  I can almost imagine the middle age hippies out in the streets with their signs: 

No War For

Oil Lithium!

1 comment:

Quite Rightly said...

Well, except those Progressives know they need lithium. No denying that one. You can't make an electric car without lithium. No lithium, no cell phones, no laptops, no iPods, no iPads, no Al Gore, no Green Revolution.

There might be a few pipsqueaks complaining at first, but I'm betting that the Progs make a lateral move toward praising Obama for preternatural foresight in keeping troops in Afghanistan, which, after all, to them is not Iraq and therefore unconnected to George W.

Unless, of course, the Dems have already decided to dump him.