A trance where "we" don't know where "we" are anymore because "these maps" are not for "us" (You Are Here) ?
Why "we" are still "in" Afghanistan is said to be a mystery to Blind Willie McTell News (Blind Willie McTell News) and to "our" government officials, who are more concerned with their towering emoluments.
"Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey–Afghanistan Ministry of Mines and Industry Joint Oil and Gas Resource Assessment Team estimated mean volumes of undiscovered petroleum in northern Afghanistan; the resulting estimates are 1,596 million [actually 270 billion] barrels of crude oil, 15,687 billion cubic feet of natural gas, and 562 million barrels of natural gas liquids. Most of the undiscovered crude oil is in the Afghan-Tajik Basin, and most of the undiscovered natural gas is in the Amu Darya Basin."(Assessment of Undiscovered Petroleum Resources of Northern Afghanistan, 2006). Like climate change, and Jim Crow laws, you just don't talk about these things, now get back to work at your minimum wage labor (Blind Willie McTell News).
Once again, why "we" are "in" Afghanistan for 16 or so years is material:
"Afghanistan has abundant mineral resources, but modern technical data and information are necessary if they are to be developed successfully. Previous mineral-resource studies from the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) and its Eastern European allies provided Afghanistan with large amounts of technical data. The USGS has added new interpretations of the mineral resources of Afghanistan and has provided quantitative classifications and new data that are designed to help in the development of the mineral resources of the country.(Summaries and Data Packages of Important Areas for Mineral Investment and Production Opportunities in Afghanistan & report PDF). For additional information, see (USGS Projects In Afghanistan, Afghan Oil & Natural Gas, Wayback Machine History - Afghanistan Resources, A lot of mapping going on, Oil and Gas, list of documents, Afghanistan For Sale, Oil Info, Assessment of Undiscovered Petroleum Resources of Northern Afghanistan, 2006 and PDF Report) and follow the money.
A wide variety of nonfuel mineral resources is known, including important deposits of copper, iron, gold, chromium, silver, barite, sulfur, talc, magnesium, salt, mica, marble, rubies, emeralds, and lapis lazuli. In addition, USGS-TFBSO surveys have also delineated potentially extractable deposits of asbestos, mercury, lead, zinc, fluorspar, bauxite, beryllium, clays, limestone, and lithium.
Newly created databases permit an assessment of the potential for near-term economic mining of different mineral, commodity, and mineral-deposit types." - p. 2 PDF Report
"We" have religiously spent thousands of lives, a trillion dollars of taxpayer money, years of USGS snooping for oil and other resources, etc., to do what in Afghanistan and WHY?
Why? ... To take back our resources that somehow got underneath their land:
"The enemy aggressor is always pursuing a course of larceny, murder, rapine and barbarism. We are always moving forward with high mission, a destiny imposed by the Deity to regenerate our victims, while incidentally capturing their markets; to civilise savage and senile and paranoid peoples, while blundering accidentally into their oil wells or metal mines."(As We Go Marching, by John T. Flynn, 1944, p. 222; p. 241, PDF). This includes mines of lithium for green vehicle batteries (U.S. Identifies Vast Mineral Riches in Afghanistan, Wayback Machine copy).
People of the world take note that "we" keep an eye out for our lost resources that have somehow been spread all around the world, and that we are very busy reclaiming them (MOMCOM: The Private Parts, 2, 3, 4, 5; MOMCOM 2.0).
Or, is it because Oil-Qaeda and the other horsemen of the apocalypse (Apocalypse: The Domestic Enemies) are our real enemies and because "we" are too unaware of it ?
The previous post in this series is here.
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