'Discovery' of Afghan riches a pro-war PR scam?

(RAW STORY) — A New York Times report announcing the US has found $1 trillion-worth of mineral deposits in Afghanistan has some observers wondering if the news is part of a public-relations effort to bolster support for the Afghanistan war as the mission’s death toll continues to climb.

While the dollar estimate — $1 trillion — may be new, it’s hardly news that Afghanistan sits on rich mineral deposits. In a 2007 press release, the US Geological Survey announced that Afghanistan possesses “significant amounts of undiscovered non-fuel mineral resources.” And, as Marc Ambinder reports on his Atlantic blog, the Soviet Union was aware of Afghanistan’s mineral potential as early as 1985.

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