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Billions in rare minerals tempt US to stay in Afghanistan. Good reason?

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Afghanistan has huge deposits of rare and valuable minerals, one reason the US thinks twice about leaving. Is that a good reason to stay?
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By Kevin Basner Rare minerals are worth a fortune and I would think anyone fighting over there that voted for Trump would want the money that would usually result!
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By Mark Tracey You fail to recognize the prosperity it could bring to tha Afghan population, similar to what oil brought to much of the Arabian peninsula. Prosperity overcomes much of the desire to fight continuing wars.
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By Michael Neil Assuming it would go to ordinary Afghanis...which is unlikely.
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By Mark Tracey Why is that unlikely? If the plan was properly developed, executed and overseen it could be very successful. Even making an attempt that failed would be better then not even trying to improve the situation.
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By Kirby Liberty Harris You both miss the point. it is not our minerals, and we should not continue to occupy another nation for their minerals.
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By Michael Neil Only because it never has before. Iraqi oil profits, when they stay in country, which is rare in this age of transnational corporations, go to the Iraqi elite. The same will be true here. Of course, it's THEORETICALLY possible to make your scenario work, but I can't think of very many instances of it happening.
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By Mark Tracey You assume because things have always be the way discribed that they will always be that way, has no one else the ablitiy to imagine and plan for a differnt outcome?
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By Mark Tracey All change begins with a theory.
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By Kirby Liberty Harris Not our minerals. What are we an empire? Take and do what we want?
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By Mark Tracey You assume that we go and take. Tha Afgahns would have to agree to the process. It would be their minerals to sell, some to the nations who helped capitalize the operation and offer protection to the project, as payment, the balance to whom ever wished to purchase these materials.
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By Kirby Liberty Harris Like they would say no to the US. They would fear we would make them the new Taliban and go to war with them.
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By Mark Tracey Speculation on both our parts.
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By Kirby Liberty Harris Well, I think it has come out over time that that is what US regimes do.
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