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What did $7 billion spent
on opium eradication in
Afghanistan buy? More opium.

Christian Science Monitor, by Dan Murphy

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 7/3/2014 9:29:21 PM

With the outcome of Afghanistan´s controversial presidential election still in doubt, and uncertainty over Afghan forces´ ability to stand against the Taliban after most US forces withdraw, it´s hard to say with certainty what the US-led war there has accomplished, or failed to accomplish. But one thing is clear, as shown by latest quarterly report from the US Special Inspector General on Afghanistan Reconstruction: The $7 billion US program to eradicate poppy cultivation there over the past decade has been a flop. The country is today the world´s largest supplier of opium, the purified latex sap from the Papaver somniferum poppy species

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How exactly do we spend 7 BILLION dollars on eradicating opium in Afghanistan? Whether their tribal leaders, more than likely Al Qaeda liked it or not, a scorched earth policy on their poppy fields would have been cheaper. This is a clear and present danger to many countries besides our national security and should have been stopped when we were there in force. Like Vietnam, this is a rarely talked about consequence of our being in theater to these drugs.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Blue-Z-Anna, 7/3/2014 10:55:06 PM     (No. 9910380)

The "Victory´ which was scored here was the criminalizing of all truly effective pain killers. Controlling your ´Health Care´ doesn´t really put a ring in your nose unless you can be prevented from access to real painkillers. Even your doctor is afraid to prescribe then to you. Drug control is very central to ´people control´.

Liberty is just too dangerous.

"Party Members", however, will get the good stuff.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Trigger2, 7/4/2014 5:25:55 AM     (No. 9910535)

That $7B got us State Dept transportation planes where they can bring in opium unmolested. No wonder the State Dept has no brains anymore. They´ve all been fried by opium.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: toddh, 7/4/2014 12:09:20 PM     (No. 9910972)

A little thought experiment (whether "little" applies to "thought" and not the size of the experiment is for you to judge), how about we start industrial-farming opium right here in the US and turn it into a commodity priced on par with sand.

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