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February 14th, 2010
06:20 PM ET

Marjah: Heroin breadbasket of Afghanistan

What's forcing some Afghans to stay behind in the middle of a military offensive? Their crops. It's the middle of opium-growing season. Could attacking their source of money be a way to get at the Taliban?

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    As long as the CIA orders the US and Allied troops to leave the vast Opium Poppy fields in Afghanistan unmolested and alone, there is NO winning the war in Afghanistan, nor any real victory to be had despite America's considerable efforts.

    Using the Billions of dollars directly from the export of Opium and Heroin, the Taliban can quickly re-equip its forces, buy more weapons, explosives and hand out more Afghanistan govt. bribes than the American and Allied troops can deal with.

    The resulting tidal wave of cheap heroin is literally flooding America's rural county's and America's grade schools in the form of 'cheese heroin' which is specifically targeted for America's grade school children.

    The Obama Administration should tell the CIA 'Hell No' and instruct the Airforce and US Military troops on the ground in Afghanistan to bomb and destroy each and every Opium Poppy field in Afghanistan it can.

    February 14, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  2. Wojciech Moskal

    I have a feeling that the US is the biggest customer and consumer directly or indirectly where it comes to heroin use and it's products. The story on the streets goes that CIA set up places like Columbia for example, as well as the US military actually brings drugs to the States. Once again if you can actually convince people that you bring 1000's of pounds of drugs every month trough a tunnel on US Mexican border, then I guess the people get what they deserve.

    February 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm |