As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama administration with a detailed plan to use U.S. courts to prosecute the Taliban commanders and allied drug lords who supplied more than 90 percent of the world’s heroin - including a growing amount fueling the nascent opioid crisis in the United States.
The plan, according to its authors, was both a way of halting the ruinous spread of narcotics around the world and a new - and urgent - approach to confronting ongoing frustrations with the Taliban, whose drug profits were financing the growing insurgency and killing American troops. But the Obama administration’s deputy chief of mission in Kabul, citing political concerns, ordered the plan to be shelved, according to a POLITICO investigation.
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Poppy cultivation, heroin production, terrorist attacks and territory controlled by the Taliban are now at or near record highs. President Ashraf Ghani said recently that Afghanistan’s military - and the government itself - would be in danger of imminent collapse, perhaps within days, if U.S. assistance stops.
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There is something horribly wrong with the above assessment.
It is a well-established FACT that the Taliban completely stopped the cultivation of opium poppies when they initially took control of Afghanistan. The current heroin explosion only began AFTER the US needlessly invaded Afghanistan following the phony 9/11 "attacks".
This is a problem of our own making, and it's going to continue as long as the USA is the world's biggest market for opiates. Going back at least as far as the Vietnam War, opium and heroin production has been tolerated, perhaps even cultivated, by the CIA and other US-sponsored entities. We ignore that fact and its implications at our peril.
The so-called "war on drugs" is mainly about who gets to make the profits from the drug trade and who gets destroyed in the process. We've known that ever since watching this scene from The Godfather movie:
Sadly, even the loose controls suggested by this Mafia don are no longer in effect.