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Grrrrr. . . Looting Afghanistan's Minerals & Petraeus for President

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posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 11:52 AM
Webster Tarpley has written a new article entitled "New York Times Planted Story on Afghan Mineral Wealth Designed to Prolong US Occupation, Spur Neocon-Backed Petraeus Presidential Candidacy."

Webster states:

To provide a new and spurious economic looting argument for making the US occupation of Afghanistan virtually endless, and to advance the candidacy of General David Petraeus as the principal neocon warmonger candidate for president on the Republican ticket in 2012 – these are the purposes of the story planted in the June 13, 2010 New York Times under the byline of James Risen, who is acting as stenographer for the neocons in the great tradition of his predecessor Judith Miller. In retrospect, this article may well be seen as the opening gun of an overt push to place General Petraeus in the White House in 2012 as the new Field Marshal von Hindenburg.

According to this story, a Pentagon survey has determined that Afghanistan possesses at least $1 trillion worth of valuable minerals, including iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and lithium – with lithium being especially valuable because it is used in batteries for computers and for the new designs of electric automobiles. Of course, none of this is news, as the article itself concedes. The surveys done by the US occupation authorities over the last several years are explicitly based on careful studies done by the Soviets during their own occupation of Afghanistan during the 1980s. The basic outlines of what is being presented by Risen as front-page news were already published in a May 2004 World Bank report . . .

Candidate Petraeus Touts “Stunning Potential”

This planted puff piece is based on anonymous “senior US government officials.” The only exception is General David Petraeus, the warlord of the US Central Command, the theater of operations in which Afghanistan is located. Petraeus is directly cited as saying that the Afghan mineral riches whose presence the US has confirmed represent a “stunning potential” for the future development of the country. The implied message from Petraeus to the Washington elite is, to paraphrase, support me and cash in on the riches of Afghanistan, or else wimpy Obama’s self-serving pullout timetable will allow the Chinese to move in. . . .

Here is Webster being interviewed on the subject:

[edit on 6/18/2010 by Mary Rose]

posted on Jun, 18 2010 @ 12:21 PM
Tarpley says that the information regarding the 1 trillion $ mineral reserve is over two decades old.

The Russians knew about it in the 80's , and he cites a 2004 World Bank report that lists all of this information.

Tarpley's interpretation of the recent media story on the alleged"1 trillion $ Afghan mineral reserve" is planted by James Risen in the New York Times.

He says he thinks General Petraeus is being promoted also by this article by showing a tempting reason to continue fighting this war in Afghanistan.

OR "Let China get all of it !

Not just the USA, but also a reason to get NATO to stay. He cites all of the recent political reasons for many NATO members to want out of the war now.

All of this wealth is suppose to tempt us into staying.

Even though I sometimes disagree with Tarpley's interpretations of things; I am going to agree with Web here.

He seems to be spot on with this story. Good journalism this piece.

posted on Jun, 20 2010 @ 09:43 AM
Here is a second interview, posted a couple days later, on Afghanistan.

In this one, Webster talks about Pakistan's importance because of its location between Iran, where oil is, and China, where oil is needed:

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