That’s some empire. More proof that the democracies installed by American military intervention in Iraq and Afghanistan aren’t “puppets”, but sovereign countries exercising control over their own resources.
Afghan President Hamid Karzai said this week that Japan — not the U.S. — takes priority over other nations when it comes to mining his country’s vast mineral deposits.
Karzai made his proclamation during a five-day visit to Japan. Over that same time period, news reports surfaced that Afghanistan and Pakistan planned to negotiate with U.S.-NATO enemies, the U.N. reported that insurgent violence is surging, and Reuters tried to parse the Pentagon’s mixed messages over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
During an appearance at the Japan Institute of International Affairs, Karzai focused on his country’s mineral deposits. He pointed to Japan’s status as Afghanistan’s second-biggest donor, and reasoned that Japan should enjoy special access to Afghan resources with estimated values that range from $1-3 trillion dollars.
“Morally, Afghanistan should give access as a priority to those countries that have helped Afghanistan massively in the past few years,” Karzai told the institute. “What . . . we have to reciprocate with is this opportunity of mineral resources, that we must return at the goodwill of the Japanese people by giving Japan priority to come and explore and extract,” Karzai said.
Looking to the future, Karzai echoed an internal Pentagon memo and said that the mining will define Afghanistan, “Whereas Saudi Arabia is the oil capital of the world, Afghanistan will be the lithium capital of the world…. And Japan is welcome to participate in the lithium exploration in Afghanistan.”
An analysis by The New York Times would suggest that the vast majority of Afghans should not share Karzai’s optimism about the deposits:
First, Iraqi oil rights that go to China, France, and Norway instead of to us. Now Afghan mineral rights that go to Japan. So where is all that cheap oil from Iraq we were promised by the anti-war Left, anyway? Where are the Afghan oil pipelines from the Caspian Sea? And now they tell us we have to buy our lithium from frikin Japan? That is outrageous. Where are my spoils of war? Where is my loot? Where are my barbarian sex slaves? What kind of an empire is this anyway? Will those Leftists so fond of branding America an “empire” modify their narrative in the face of so many inconvenient truths? Not in the slightest. That’s their anti-American story, and they’re sticking to it.