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At a former al-Qaida stronghold southeast of the Afghan capital, a state-owned Chinese company is at work on a $3 billion mine project to tap one of the world's largest unexploited copper reserves, a potential financial boon for an impoverished country mired in war. The promise of a bright future at Aynak, however, cannot conceal the troubling reality of how business is often done in Afghanistan, according to critics of the Kabul government's decision to reject bids from competitors in the U.S., Canada and other countries. The bidding process unfairly favored China, they allege, and epitomized the back-room deals and abuse of power that has turned Afghans against their government and undercut the U.S. military effort there
And if the US commercial interests had prevailed the usual ill thought out responses about such things being the only reason for the war would flood this thread . If the security situation ever permits it will be India and China who fund nation building in Afghanistan. The Chinese will work with anybody just look how they are buying up Africa left right and center . Cheers xpert11
This particular spin on the market activities of Afghanistan are troubling from the perspective of the perennial "What are our troops dying for, exactly?" I would have expected that U.S. interests would have played a role in this economic opportunity and at the very least, the transaction should have benefitted our standing with the debt mentioned above - in a measurable manner and to an appropriately fair degree. Or is that too capitalistic?
Well, the US can expect what is happening to them. They backed themselves into a corner by allowing the Chinese to finance their staggering debt. But, whatever the Afghans do, it is their country, and the US has no say. If a backroom deal was manufactured between the Afghan government and the Chinese, it is their business!
The mission in Afghanistan is a military operation, not to commandeer financial affairs or government policy of an independent power. The Afghans are free to do what they wish, and if the they request support from the US for other things non-military related, so be it. Remember, this is a "War on Terror," not a "War for Treasure."
Originally posted by jerico65
reply to post by bigyin
Really? Just the US likes that, huh? No other country ever has done something like that?
Crack a book. The Soviets were big into that, too. Chinese seem to be doing the same.
I understand all of your objections regarding the issue. I can't say I disagree with you on any specific issue. Only that regardless of the negative aspects of this trade arrangement, it seems we are too late to change it in any way. Such appears to be the nature of the culture of global leadership... telling no?
Considering the level of intrigue involved between all players in the show, it seems we were meant not to hear about it until it was a done deal - a sure sign it was not the kind of 'international' dealing we would call transparent.
I do lament for the state of affairs regarding the commercial exploitation of natural resources. It is almost as if they don't belong to the nation, but the nations 'bosses.' Go figure.
Take a deep breath Donwhite; this is being controlled by the supranational banking cartel and being executed by an international 'elite' that does not recognize the importance of anything other than the permanence of their control and 'political' (read celebrity) relevance of their spokespersons.
If you want another touch of irony.., note that anyone who actually tries to interfere with this is subject to criminal law. That's what we get for allowing 'clubs' of self-promoted "cultured" "literati" to run the world.
Yes. The military has sacrificed in blood for corporate interests abroad. There is no denying that but the official story in Afghan is to root out terrorist elements? Now, that last sentence is ended with a question mark because the conflict in Afghan is a murky one, like its brother Iraq. Of course, there are spoils to be had, and I am in agreement with you on that.
I think more is going on behind the scenes than what meets the eye. Yet, we will never know what those things really are?
I have no idea what is going on in Afghanistan? All I have is questions, and little to no answers, just speculation on the topic. However, I think that particular region of the world is the grand chess board for this century; the major players are clamoring for a foot-hold, whether it be economic means or militarily. thanks for the reply to my post.
Originally posted by ProtoplasmicTraveler
We do this on Rome’s behalf; the 13 colonies were designed from the onset to function as Caesar’s 13th legion.