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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:39 PM
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Kucinich: Afghan Mineral Discovery Demands a Thoughtful Way Forward
Washington, Jun 14 -

Following reports that nearly $1 trillion in natural resources have been found in Afghanistan, Congressman Dennis Kucinich released the following statement:


"We have just learned that there are nearly $1 trillion of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan. This is a massive find that must be managed by the Afghan people.


"Even before the discovery of these minerals, we knew that we were propping up a corrupt government in Afghanistan. According to officials, it is likely that Afghanistan's former Minister of Mines took a $30 million bribe to give China the rights to develop a copper mine.


This discovery demands a more thoughtful and comprehensive way forward in Afghanistan. In the coming weeks, Congress is expected to be asked to allocate another $33 billion for the war. Congress must take a stand and say no to additional funding. Congress must end this disastrous war and acknowledge that weapons and force will not ensure that these valuable resources do not fall into the hands of international mining companies at the expense of the Afghan people, among the most impoverished people in the world.


Afghanistan has been presented with an opportunity to boost its economy and usher in a new era of transparency and stability. It is incumbent upon the American government to provide Afghanistan with the necessary resources and support to develop a central government that reflects the interests and will of the Afghan people. We ought to nurture democracy and peace; our presence there now only sows discontent and violence," said Kucinich.


Kucinich has led the opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Kucinich was the first to charge that the U.S. invaded Iraq in order to secure valuable oil contracts for American based multinationals. It was widely reported in 2008 in the New York Times and elsewhere that American advisors and the State Department played a key role in writing international oil contracts in Iraq.


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Duer 157099 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:45 PM
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1. The Afghan government ought to repay the US military for the billions we've spent there
If indeed we were there at the request of the Afghan government.

I'm fucking sick of the US taxpayers handing out billion and billions around the world when right here at home, we have tremendous and unprecedented suffering!!

Goddammit!
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:49 PM
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2. I think it's anyones guess when we'll leave but I doubt this will move things along.
Edited on Mon Jun-14-10 07:50 PM by Jefferson23
I love Kucinich, he and Senator Sanders, couple of true patriots.

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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 07:58 PM
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3. Why should Afghanistan pay the U.S. anything? The U.S.
invaded their country, killed and tortured and kidnapped their citizens, destroyed what little infrastructure they had after the last time we invaded them, secretly?

We owe THEM. We were never there to deal with 'terror'. The whole purpose of this war was to build an oil pipeline and now we know that it was known that Afghanistan had these minerals for a long time.

You can be sure that the people there will profit very little from their own resources. Just as we stole Iraq's oil the U.S. will make sure that the profits from this discovery go to their Global Corporate friends.

It's ludicrous to view the U.S. as victims in this or the American people who supported this insane war out of fear giving no thought to the horrors we were about to inflict on those people and still are.
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Michigan-Arizona Donating Member (516 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 11:59 PM
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6. I agree 100% with everything you stated here, thank you
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RockWiggles Donating Member (5 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 08:42 AM
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9. Nailed it.
We chose to go there, and I wish now we would choose to get out. I'm tired of American exceptionalism...
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 10:10 PM
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4. Update from Kucinich:
Kucinich: Questions Shed Light on Manipulation

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today released the following statement after information leaked out that earlier reports of a vast new mineral discovery that had been found in Afghanistan were not actually new discoveries:

We now know that discovery of vast repositories of natural resources in Afghanistan was overstated, likely the result of a new policy rather than new information. The mineral wealth of the nation has been estimated for decades and known for years. The only new information revealed was that these reserves may be worth nearly one trillion dollars. These few facts, however, raise serious questions about the future of Afghanistan and our role there.

The wealth of any nation belongs to its people. The value of Afghanistans mineral reserves must be controlled by the Afghan people. The history of mining in developing countries with weak protective governmental infrastructure is replete with stories of worker exploitation, destruction of water, soil, habitat, the fouling of air, and the increased incidence of diseases in nearby communities. Providing even a modicum of protection for the Afghan people from powerful multinational mining corporations will be nearly impossible for a nation currently led by a government known more for its corruption than its leadership.

The announcement of the discovery also raises serious questions about our role in Afghanistan. If the reserves were known or at the very least estimated for years, why did officials in Afghanistan hold a press conference the same day the New York Times was able to uncover an internal Pentagon memo? If this was not a new discovery, but the efforts of a public relations strategy, what are the goals of that strategy? By July 4, Congress is expected to be asked to allocate another $33 billion dollars for the War in Afghanistan. Is this announcement meant to shore up support for a disastrous war eight and a half long years in the making?

These questions challenge the fundamental rationale for the American presence in Afghanistan and shed light on the manipulation that has kept our nation at war for nearly a decade, said Kucinich.

The information considered new in some reporting was based on a 2007 report and is publically available on the U.S. Geological Surveys website.


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pundaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-14-10 11:32 PM
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5. So Dennis watches Rachel, huh?
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Jefferson23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 08:09 AM
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8. I did not see Rachel last night, did she cover this?
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pundaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:22 AM
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12. Yes, she did.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 12:53 AM
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7. Excellent questions by Kucinich
This should be an OP by itself. He is so right about the exploitation of other nations without strong governments to protect their interests. Afghanistan is ripe for that kind of exploitation now. I am afraid things are about to get much worse for those poor people.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 09:29 AM
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10. Yes
and average Americans do not profit on their natural resources. The corporations do while we give them everything and no taxes too. End Fascism.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 01:25 PM
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13. True, I just found that out recently. That Americans don't
even benefit from Offshore drilling except to get some royalties while the oil belongs to the big oil Corporations like BP.

Karzai could do some good for his country right now by nationalizing their resources although he might meet the same fate as other leaders who did not cooperate with the U.S.
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Tutankhamun Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-15-10 10:08 AM
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11. You know your government is corrupt when it starts
wars under false pretenses, plunders enormous amounts of natural resources, forces its citizens to foot the bill and distributes the spoils to themselves and their cronies, while bankrupting the treasury and driving the nation into economic collapse.
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