A Back Room Chat Between Obama, Gates and Karzai
By JAMES RISEN
WASHINGTON – The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter the Afghan economy and perhaps the Afghan war itself, according to senior American government officials.
The previously unknown deposits – including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium – are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe….
[Afghanistan could become] “the “Saudi Arabia of lithium,” a key raw material in the manufacture of batteries for laptops and BlackBerrys.
…. The Afghan government and President Hamid Karzai were recently briefed, American officials said.
Below is how I imagine that conversation went between President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.