H/t reader squodgy:
“The Taliban were the ones who tried to eradicate both Opium & Marijuana production.
This starved the CIA of its main income source needed to fund covert ‘black ops’.
Invading Afghanistan had no purpose other than to reinstate that income flow.
This article is pure disinfo apart from the fact that it was and still is a cash cow for the Military Industrial Complex.”
– Does Obama Want to Stay in Afghanistan to Harvest Its Opium? (Global Research, June 9, 2014):
“opium production has increased 33 fold from 185 tons in 2001 to 6100 tons in 2006. In 2007, Afghanistan provided approximately 93% of the global supply of heroin…”
So it’s really:
Opium poppy cultivation is up in Afghanistan
despitebecause the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop itguard it.
– Former Blackwater gets rich as Afghan drug production hits record high (Guardian, March 31, 2015):
Opium poppy cultivation is up in Afghanistan despite the infamous mercenary firm formerly known as Blackwater being paid $569m by the Pentagon to stop it
In a war full of failures, the US counternarcotics mission in Afghanistan stands out: opiate production has climbed steadily over recent years to reach record-high levels last year.
Yet there is a clear winner in the anti-drug effort – not the Afghan people, but the infamous mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater. Continue reading »