$8.5 Billion U.S. Counter Narcotics Effort in Afghanistan Boosts Opium Production

 

The U.S. government’s multi-billion-dollar effort to counter narcotics in Afghanistan is a humiliating failure that’s resulted in a huge increase in poppy cultivation and opium production. Despite the free-flow of American tax dollars to combat the crisis, opium production rose 43% in the Islamic nation, to an estimated 4,800 tons, and approximately 201,000 hectares of land are under poppy cultivation, representing a 10% increase in one year alone.

Uncle Sam’s embarrassing counter narcotics effort is part of a broader and costly failure involving the reconstruction of Afghanistan. More than $100 billion have been dedicated to help rebuild the war-torn country and much of it has been lost to waste, fraud and abuse not to mention corruption. The drug initiative is a recent example, documented by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) in a quarterly report to Congress. The document is painful to read because it goes on for 269 pages, but Judicial Watch created a link for the counter narcotics section, which is around 19 pages and includes informative charts, graphs and the latest available statistics.

As of December 31, 2016, the United States has spent an astounding $8.5 billion for counter narcotics efforts in Afghanistan since 2002, the report reveals, making it clear that the cash will continue flowing. “Nonetheless, Afghanistan remains the world’s leading producer of opium, providing 80% of the global output over the past decade, according to the United Nations,” http://stateofglobe.com/2017/02/09/8-5-billion-u-s-counter-narcotic...

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Fuck the anti-Constitutional Drug War. You wanna get high? Get high on any drug you want. Alcohol, in excess, is one of the worst ever - but I don't want any nanny government telling me what drugs I can & cannot put into my own body. Magic Mushrooms are one the most enlightening drugs ever. Alcohol, OxyContin & nicotine are pure dogshit - eitherway - that's MY choice. Not some tyrannical governments' that wants to break down my doors & separate me from my family at a cost of $200,000/year to incarcerate me.

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