Protecting Copper Supplies In Afghanistan Conflicts With U.S. Policy

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Editor:

An op ed column in the Oct. 7 New York Times by Mr. Robert Kaplan “Beijing’s Afghan Gamble” states, in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, American troops are providing security for a Chinese state-owned company to exploit the Aynak copper reserves, which are worth tens of billions of dollars.

This use of U.S. troops in Afghanistan appears to be in conflict with the basic U.S. policy regarding mining. After all, Gila County, the state of Arizona and the U.S. in general have billions of dollars worth of copper, and other minerals, available to be mined, but held hostage by what I refer to as the “American Taliban.” The “American Taliban” being a constantly evolving group of organizations of and societies, whose most common objectives are socialism and animism. With a long-term goal of returning most of North America to its pre-Columbian state.

The Sharia Law of this movement is “that anyone, but particularly any public official, who enables an entrepreneur to make a profit from utilization of publicly owned property, will suffer the results at the next election. Both in contributions received and at the ballot box. The threats of these organizations are apparently so well accepted, as fact, by most public officials, that I can’t think of anyone who has tested this thesis, lately.

Having got all that off my chest, I return to the basic problem.

What kind of foolish hypocrisy is it to use the full force of federal law to stop mining in the U.S., and then use our armed forces to assist China in developing mining operations in the third world?

Particularly, when most of the minerals that are available to be mined in this county (particularly copper) are currently being imported in large volume, and at high costs.

Dan Adams

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