The sweet balm of abundant natural resources will finally bring peace and good government to Afghanistan, just as it has to so many countries in Africa:

U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan

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.

I’m half serious when I suggest that the U.S. should award itself the contracts to develop these, rather than let the Chinese bribe their way into the picture. I mean, what could possible go wrong, for us or for the Afghans?

[To the tune of Ramiro Musotto, “Caminho,” from the album The Rough Guide To Brazilian Electronica (a 2-star song, imo).]