Baby Powder Is the Secret Weapon in the Afghanistan War

Disir

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America’s longest war grinds on with little hope, with neither side able achieve a lasting victory. What could break the deadlock? Where should the U.S. focus its efforts to find a path to a negotiated ending to a violent civil war, such as we saw in the Balkans in the 1990s and in Colombia this decade?

Two vital fronts of this challenge are closely linked: addressing the endemic problem of corruption and finding a viable economic model for the country. And a key source of both potential wealth and ongoing corruption is Afghanistan’s abundance of minerals, thought to be worth as much as $1 trillion by some sources.

Yes, instability is adding to the difficulty of attracting initial investment, but over time there is every possibility for large-scale mining of lithium, gold, iron, copper, lead, rare earths, gemstones and talc.
Baby Powder Is the Secret Weapon in the Afghanistan War

And that's why we are still there.
 

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Afghanistan is full of expensive, embarrassing USAID boondoggles, from cobblestone roads that Afghans consider unusable as they hurt camel's feet to fertilizer handouts that inadvertently enhance poppy cultivation & in turn, Afghan's drug economy
 

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