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PostSubject: War on Drugs: Remember When we Gave the Taliban 43 Million???   War on Drugs: Remember When we Gave the Taliban 43 Million??? EmptyMon May 28, 2012 1:16 am


When the Taliban implemented a ban on opium cultivation in early 2001, U.S. officials were most complimentary.....
Yet the Bush administration did more than praise the Taliban's proclaimed ban of opium cultivation. In mid-May, 2001, Secretary of State Colin Powell announced a $43 million grant to Afghanistan in addition to the humanitarian aid the United States had long been providing to agencies assisting Afghan refugees. Given Callahan's comment, there was little doubt that the new stipend was a reward for Kabul's anti-drug efforts. That $43 million grant needs to be placed in context. Afghanistan's estimated gross domestic product was a mere $2 billion. The equivalent financial impact on the U.S. economy would have required an infusion of $215 billion. In other words, $43 million was very serious money to Afghanistan's theocratic masters.

To make matters worse, U.S. officials were naive to take the Taliban edict at face value. The much-touted crackdown on opium poppy cultivation appears to have been little more than an illusion. Despite U.S. and UN reports that the Taliban had virtually wiped out the poppy crop in 2000-2001, authorities in neighboring Tajikistan reported that the amounts coming across the border were actually increasing. In reality, the Taliban gave its order to halt cultivation merely to drive up the price of opium the regime had already stockpiled.


continued, interesting stuff.

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/how-washington-funded-taliban

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reading this shit makes me wanna smoke opium
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lol I feel ya wolfhahahah

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