jdreyer wrote on May 11, 2019, 15:07:
RedEye9 wrote on May 11, 2019, 11:29:
roguebanshee wrote on May 11, 2019, 11:10:Eggszactly
Mr. Tact wrote on May 11, 2019, 06:38:To some people a chance to earn more money is reason enough to take a risk with other people's lives.
RedEye9 wrote on May 10, 2019, 13:57:You have to wonder how anyone could look at the last 40 years of Afghanistan history and think it is a good idea to spend $3 billion to lease land there with plans of build a mining operation. Good luck with that...
jdreyer wrote on May 10, 2019, 13:53:Why do you think we're in Afghanistan.
Lithium is the new oil.
$3b is peanuts when your looking at $3Trillion in minerals. And you get free protection from the worlds largest and best equipped military. What's not to like.
If we didn't have a reason to stay before, wedo now. I bet there are plenty of rare Earth metals to mine as well. What are the chances that things improve for the Afghan people?
Even if things work out well, I doubt it will do much overall for the average Afghan. Maybe up to a couple thousand cheap labor jobs at most, in a population of 31.5 million or so (2018 estimate).