It kind of makes you wonder what we’ve really been doing in the Middle East all these years. Most of the people that our government blamed for 9/11 are either dead or captured. Yet our wars and involvement there continue.
Since Obama’s been in office, our troop presence in Afghanistan has increased from a little over 32,000 in 2009 to as high as 98,000 in 2010. CNS News pointed out that as of October of this year, there are still about 60,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan.
While our troop presence has generally increased over the years, so has Afghanistan’s opium production:
“Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan reached a sobering record high in 2013,” said the UNODC [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime]. “According to the 2013 Afghanistan Opium Survey, cultivation amounted to some 209,000 hectares, outstripping the earlier record in 2007 of 193,000 hectares, and representing a 36 per cent increase over 2012.”
Here’s a softball question: Do you think there’s any correlation between our involvement in the Middle East and Afghanistan’s cash crop? The CIA’s been trafficking drugs around the world for decades as a way to make money “underground” to finance illegal and treasonous activities. Like giving massive amounts of heavy weaponry to terrorists to murder civilians and wreak havoc in Syria in order to bring Assad down. As long as the CIA remains under the radar, people like former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton can play dumb and act like they have no idea what you’re talking about. “Funneling weapons to terrorists in Syria? Hmm, [nervous cough] I’ve never heard that. Sounds like a conspiracy theory.”
This is like the Iran-Contra affair in the mid-80’s, where the U.S. sold arms to Iran to secure the release of American hostages. The proceeds of those sales went to fund a militant group called the Contras in Nicaragua who were trying to overthrow their government. (Sounds vaguely familiar to our supporting terrorists in Syria who want to overthrow the Assad government.)
It got worse. The CIA helped to funnel money to the Contras by trafficking tons and tons of crack cocaine to the U.S. and distributing it in Los Angeles. And where did all that crack cocaine end up? In the hands of drug dealers and users. I’m sure that also led to thousands of arrests for drug possession because possession of crack cocaine is illegal. But it was provided by our own CIA. It doesn’t matter, because they needed that drug money to facilitate the Contras. Oliver North stated that about $14 million was funneled to the Contras thanks to drug sales.
Does anyone really think the CIA had a change of heart after the Iran-Contra scandal? Probably the same thing is going on in Afghanistan. The New York Times even reported that Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s brother was on the CIA’s payroll. Maybe our CIA and military are assisting the Afghans by protecting their poppy fields and exporting their opium all around the world, including in our own country, and using the proceeds to support Al Qaeda-linked terrorists and who knows what else. And they have the audacity to say we’re there to “defend our national security.” Bovine scatology.
Drug-traffickers like the U.S. government put the whole war on drugs into perspective. The U.S. targets common drug dealers in our country, not because drugs are illegal and bad. It’s because our government doesn’t like the competition.